You can only admire a band that takes the brave decision to christen its latest single ‘Fuck It’. Not only does such a colourful title drain its future of any mainstream success, it also, and this is the real shame, severely limits its chances of being played on daytime radio. But, in the strange and irreverent world of this Lancastrian duo, commercial suicide is a legitimate career move.
Tonight is the last date of a gruelling tour that’s taken the Lovely Eggs to such far-flung places as Berlin, Hamburg, London, Leicester, Edinburgh, Chelmsford, London again, and London again the night after that. Happily though, Manchester gets the last laugh because the band has chosen the Night and Day Café to play the final date of their current tour. Looking more like the bastard love children of Stan and Hilda Ogden than Jack and Meg White - though obviously only if Stan and Hilda had spent a fair few weeks on the Dukan diet - her name is Holly Ross and she plays electric guitar and sings the majority of the words, while his name is David Blackwell and he plays the drums and occasionally tries to sing. Together they create a plucky indiepop that’s fuelled by copious amounts of Strongbow cider and a collection of half-baked theories which are frequently piss-knicker funny. Tonight they start with anti-folk classic ‘People Are Twats’ before storming through the best tracks from their two LPs, debut ‘If You Were Fruit’ and this years ‘Cob Dominos’.
It’s music to drink and think to, though by the bands own admission, its best that the thinking is done in moderation. Sounding grungier than their recorded work, Holly and David come into their own on stage, where they can really let rip through crowd favourites ‘Sexual Cowboy’ and ‘I Like Birds (But I like Other Animals Too)’ If there was any justice in the world, single ‘Don’t Look At Me (I Don’t Like It)’ should’ve have been a massive hit. Tonight though it goes to show how something magical can be created with a guitar and set of drums and a fertile imagination. However it’s ‘Have You Ever Heard a Digital Accordion?’ an anthem that’s playful and powerful and possibly the only song ever written that features American author Richard Brautigan and a time-travelling DeLorean.
What does the future hold for a unique band like the Lovely Eggs? Who knows? One thing’s for sure, they’ll be around longer than most of Cowell’s losers because The Lovely Eggs possess something Simon Cowell wouldn’t recognise no matter how hard he looked: genuine talent
People Are Twats
I Like Birds (But I like Other Animals Too)
Muhammad Ali and All his Friends
I’m a Journalist
Why Don’t You Like Me
Oh The Stars
Don’t Look At Me (I Don’t Like It)
Print an Imprint
Have You Ever Heard a Digital Accordion?
Review/photos by Phil King