by Kasper Hassett

The Lovely Eggs brought a buzz to an eager crowd at the Waterfront on a Tuesday night last April. Formed by the Lancaster couple Holly Ross and David Blackwell, the band delivers a charismatic hippie-punk sound which brings the room to life. Although there are only two members, there is enough going on to satisfy any noise-hungry gig-goer. Holly juggles vocals with the guitar, complemented by David on the drums, creating something which is lively, interactive, and absurd. 

There were two support acts to warm up the crowd. First, the Welsh band The Bug Club took to the stage, bringing a catchy, fun set of rock tracks. The second act must have been a surprise to those who had come unprepared – instead of music, Rob Auton read comedy from his books in-between the music acts. During Rob’s set, Holly Ross lurked beside the stage to laugh with the crowd – and later, when The Lovely Eggs stepped up to the stage, praised those who had given him a hard time!

The Lovely Eggs had a mixture of songs to share, ranging from hits from their latest album I Am Moron such as ‘Long Stem Carnations’ all the way back to ‘I Like Birds (But I Like Other Animals Too)’ from If You Were Fruit, their 2011 debut album. Throughout many of their songs, the band moved quickly between fast-paced and slow, melodic moments – something they have grown to do well. They do this surprisingly skilfully live, and the speed switching feels natural. Between songs, there were plenty of anecdotes and banter, and during ‘Slug Graveyard’, Holly incorporated the specifics of the show into the words: ‘things can happen in Norwich on a Tuesday night at the Waterfront’ – they certainly can. Then, there was a shift from the slow-paced chorus into a sudden moment of trashing music, which ended as quickly as it began.

A clear highlight was the live rendition of ‘You Can Go Now’, one of the songs from their newest album. The nonsensical lyrics in the song, coupled with the sheer amount of energy the band had made for a great performance. Denouncing the long list of things, concepts and people from the song – salted popcorn; Anthea Turner; a little bit of witchcraft; Ziploc freshness – brought its own fun, and the chorus was an easy one for the audience to join.

The band finished on a high. The audience cheered loudly and there was no hesitation: both band members headed straight to the one child in the audience to give away their set lists. There was a definite sense that The Lovely Eggs had made a lasting impression. So, then, it was a surprise when the crowd immediately moved away: some headed to the merch table to chat with the band and others left the venue. There was no encore, although everyone had clearly enjoyed the set. But, on The Lovely Eggs’ website is a page dedicated to condemning encore culture – specifically fake, pre-planned encores – and on reflection I can see why. Of course, this is in-keeping with the band’s rebellious navigation of the music industry, but considering what a communicative, friendly atmosphere they created with their show, it just makes sense. The Lovely Eggs give their fullest efforts for the sets they plan: why, then, toy with people’s expectations, when they can just promise and deliver an honest, all-out performance?

This was the fifth gig on their current 2022 tour of the UK, with many more yet to come. Get your tickets for one of their shows here.

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