The Lovely Eggs
The Exchange, Bristol
November 4th, 2015
Lancastrian duo The Lovely Eggs take to Bristol’s Exchange. Louder Than War’s Philip Allen reviews.
The Lovely Eggs hail from Lancaster, Lancashire. This matters because it matters to them. Their decision to not move away from their beloved Northern town definitely gives them a unique perspective and sound. The observationalist ‘Indie Pop’ duo have stepped outside their beloved Northern town to tour their latest record, ‘This Is Our Nowhere’. Follow up to their 2012 release, ‘Wildlife’ which featured the single, ‘Alergies’ produced by Gruff Rhys.
There’s a fantastic turn out for tonight’s gig and many are watching support act, Shellac. Sorry, I mean Falling Stacks. Now don’t get me wrong, I like Falling Stacks. The drummer is really good and singer and bassist do an amazing job working together, but there is definitely an elephant in the room. To compound the issue, the singer is even a dead ringer for Steve Albini. It all just felt too close to the bone for me. I did enjoy their set but was left seriously conflicted about the concept of originality.
Aaaah, The Lovely Eggs. Their cheeky comedic songs never fail to raise a warm smile and crowd tonight are gagging for it. There’s a great excitement as they take the stage and without further ado break into, ‘Ordinary People Unite’, which so happens to be one of the best proletariat anthems around. There is nothing profound about their music. Simple and direct like their ‘on the nose’ second single, ‘People Are Twats’ or their ode to not over-thinking and drinking, ‘Fuck It’. Singer and guitarist, Holly Ross begins the song by extolling the virtues of Strongbow’s ability to get you more fucked up, quicker than other choices, likening it to speed. She’s not wrong of course, but we serve Thatchers round these parts. Sorry Holly.
It’s all good fun though as the crowd raise their ciders in unison and dancing around to the last single, ‘Magic Onion’, ‘Alergies’ and set closer, ‘Don’t look At Me’ which makes observing those around you into a critical sport. If you were to mix up The Vaselines, The White Stripes, John Shuttleworth and Nirvana (John Peel session era) with a bottle of Strongbow into a mixer, that would make the cocktail called, The Lovely Eggs. Simply clever humorous wordplay and tunes from beloved Northerner which a penchant for D.I.Y Indie. Love it!
All words by Philip Allen. More writing by Philip on Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive.