Hot on the heels of their rammed and raucous Autumn tour (which saw the band call in at The Haunt in Brighton on 3rd November 2017), Northern psychedelic punks The Lovely Eggs announce their forthcoming album ‘This Is Eggland’ (out 23 February on Egg Records).
Having seen them live, we can vouch that The Lovely Eggs are one of the most unique, innovative and genuine bands on the British Underground music scene. Setting themselves apart from the mainstream, they’ve built up a cult following which is due to blow wide open with their mild-melting new album, produced by Flaming Lips/ Mercury Rev producer, Dave Fridmann. You can sample what’s in store with their brand new single, “I Shouldn’t Have Said That“, which is out now. This release comes hot on the heels of their wonderful ‘Wiggy Giggy’ single, which is also included on the album.
I have unwittingly built up a backlog of forthcoming albums to listen to that I have been sent to review because of the ‘This Is Eggland’ album. I couldn’t stop playing it. I think I got to fifteen or sixteen times on the trot, without being able to listen to anything else! This album is that good and I would urge you to check it out!
It is heavier and more in-your-face than anything they’ve done previously. Married couple Holly Ross (guitar/vocals) and David Blackwell (drums) bring together a fierce DIY ethos, surreal sense of humour and kitchen-sink realism. Dave Fridmann lends his magic dust to bring out the best of The Lovely Eggs’ explosive blend of motorik krautrock, 60s psychedelia and punk rock attitude, all flipped over and egged up.
The album title ‘This is Eggland’ is a cheeky nod to Shane Meadows’ series, ‘This Is England’. It is a comment on the current state of the country, with The Lovely Eggs encouraging people to build their own worlds and create their own reality in these troubled times. The album is about being an outsider and doing things differently, eschewing society’s conventions as they have done.
The album was self-recorded at Lancaster Musician’s Co-op (a non profit making recording studio and rehearsal rooms, where the pair met and David works) and the Eggs’ own house in Lancaster, while their three year old son was in bed. Dave Fridmann then produced it remotely with the band sending demos and working progress back and forth. The result is a gratifyingly rich sounding record, which still retains the raw energy of the band’s sound but harnesses a real power and dynamism. It’s much heavier than anything they’ve done before. As Holly says: “It’s pretty relentless. It kind of sounds like a chip shop on fire. We still write about everyday life and the stuff that goes on in our world, it’s just the new album is more fierce and really tells it like it is.”
The single “I Shouldn’t Have Said That” is out now:
Watch the new video for ‘I Shouldn’t Have Said That’ here: