12 Oct – CCA, Glasgow
13 Oct – Bongo Club, Edinburgh
19 Oct – The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
21 Oct – The Roadmender, Northampton
23 Oct – The Hare and Hounds, Birmingham
24 Oct – The Musician, Leicester
25 Oct – 1865, Southampton
26 Oct – The Fleece, Bristol
27 Oct – The Haunt, Brighton
28 Oct – The Scala, London
9 Nov – The Cluny, Newcastle
10 Nov – Gorilla, Manchester
With Egg Mania reaching fever pitch, due to public demand, surreal DIY punk rockers The Lovely Eggs (and hardest working band in indie), have announced another tour in the Autumn. This follows their nearly sold-out run later this month and will include the previously announced biggest London headline show to date at The Scala on 28 October. The band will also be playing at festivals in the summer, including Rebellion, Festival Number 6 and Green Man.
They have also created a marvellous video for their latest single “Big Sea”, which combines fantastical animation with footage from their twelve years of touring, giving a taster of the thrills in store from the live shows – as Holly Ross explains; “It’s our life on film really.” The single will be released on 7” surf blue vinyl on 18 May via Egg Records and is taken from their newly released and critically acclaimed album This is Eggland. “Big Sea” explores the mysteries of the universe with a rallying anthem to everyone who wants to live life differently.
“It’s a pretty deep song really,” said Holly, “It questions the ridiculousness of human ritualistic behaviour and tries to look at what life is all about, the universe and stuff, and the mystery that weaves its way through everything.”
Since its release in February This is Eggland has won high praise from critics and fans alike. The Independent’s 4* review described it as “a giant leap forward” with The Guardian describing their single “Wiggy Giggy” as “marvellous.”
Produced and mixed by Grammy award winning producer Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, Tame Impala) and self released on their own label Egg Records, This is Eggland confounded expectations, hitting number nine in the UK Independent National Album Chart, it also made it to number 23 in the UK Vinyl Charts and overall number 136 in the UK National Album Chart – although, had they towed the industry line and not sold the album direct to fans via their website and gigs before release day, they would have been in the top 45! Their single “Wiggy Giggy” was number eight in the Official Vinyl Singles Chart, again despite most sales coming from gigs and their own website. The album CD had to be repressed twice and the vinyl once in the first week alone. As industry outsiders, all this was achieved without the help of management, booking agent or record label support.
The Lovely Eggs are one of the most unique, innovative and genuine bands on the British Underground music scene. Holly Ross (guitar/vocals) and David Blackwell (drums) have built up a cult following, selling out gigs across the UK, as well as gaining support from BBC 6 Music and Radio One. Heavier and more in-your-face than anything they’ve done previously, This is Eggland brings together a fierce DIY ethos, surreal sense of humour and kitchen-sink realism, creating an explosive blend of motoric krautrock, 60s psychedelia and punk rock attitude.
The album received a tremendous response from radio. It was declared “Album of the Day” by BBC Radio 6 Music who also added their single “Wiggy Giggy” to the BBC 6 Music playlist. Steve Lamacq stated, “I can’t get enough of this record at the moment,” and made it the “Lamacq livener” (where it has been played every day for a week). It went on to win Roundtable and was the most popular track on both Steve Lamacq and Marc Riley’s show on consecutive weeks. The pair played their seventh live session for Marc Riley in February before heading out on a sold out tour of the UK, with 9 out of 10 dates sold out in advance.
In April the band will release a special edition of This Is Eggland on giant fried egg vinyl especially for Record Store Day on 21 April. Limited to an eye watering 500 copies, the LP will appear in a special hand packed sleeve, designed by the band with the giant fried egg in its own polythene display sleeve with a uniquely designed cardboard top. This is a true gem for any collector. They will also make an appearance at Rough Trade Nottingham for a special in-store live performance on Record Store Day itself.
To coincide with the release of their new single “Big Sea”, the eggs will take to the road for a string of UK tour dates in May and June, this time with their pals Mr Ben and the Bens (a firm favourite of Marc Riley) and poet and comedian Rob Auton, before a summer-full of festivals.