The Lovely Eggs
Lancaster Dukes Cinema
August 3rd 2011
If only John Peel was still alive today he would have loved The Lovely Eggs, they have that dislocated take on rock n roll, that down to earth humour switching to intense passion, that unusualness and originality about them that he always loved.
If John Peel was still alive they would have been on their third Peel session by now.
It’s a measure of good and original they are that as they play through a vocal PA in hot room in a Lancaster cinema that they really connect. Behind there is a film of them running around Morecambe- the ultimate Tatty Seaside Town that may or may not be part of their normal show but adds something to their performance. They have the off the wall look that is perfect pop and the cutting stripped down dynamic of a cool art crew in love with underground rock n roll.
People have been telling me about The Lovely Eggs for weeks now. Mentions on Facebook, a tip off in the pub a whispered email and they deserve the nods. They have the angular edge of the underground- like some kind of New York hipster lo fi jangle that would slot easily onto a Sonic Youth bill but with a really cool pop sensibility that could take them somewhere else.
Hailing from Lancaster there are two of them, David Blackwell plays the drums and ex Angelica member Holly Ross is on guitar and vocals and it’s her kooky onstage charismatic demeanour that defines the band. The lyrics are cutting and funny and are perfectly allied to the band’s stripped down sense of dynamics that are stretched taut and tight. They can switch from almost talk through songs with snare stabs to fast punky tunes which are perfect for drowning out a particularity tedious heckler who stumbles around like a village idiot whilst the audience shout ‘sit down you boring git’ at him. The tragic buffoon does not detract from a great gig though and the band triumph- proving yet again that talent will always triumph over sad clowns.
At the end of each song I can almost hear the ghost of Peel enthusing about them in his rich warm voice- and you cannot get much higher praise than that.