- Released: 2020
- Origin: Lancaster, England
- Label: Egg Records
- Best Track: New Dawn
Not sure how I missed a Lovely Eggs LP coming out the Friday before last, but Britain’s coolest husband and wife intergalactic-sounding punk duo are back with their sixth studio album.
Holly Ross and David Blackwell’s mixture of punk, psychedelia and noise-rock is always fun, even if they do have a habit of taking one idea or joke and overdoing it sometimes. ‘You Can Go Now’ sees Ross list her ‘Room 101’ entries, including salted popcorn, the electric toothbrush and Anthea Turner. It reminds me of Protomartyr’s ‘Tarpeian Rock‘ and is quite funny at first, but starts to wear thin, especially what she repeats the first four entries again. Likewise, ‘You’ve Got the Balls’ has a strangely hypnotic effect, but it sounds too much like Primal Scream’s ‘Loaded’ to be of much value.
They’re at their best when they crack up the volume and the let the noisy effects do their thing. ‘This Decision’ and ‘Bear Pit’ are both great for that reason, and I like ‘Insect Repellent’ and ‘Still Second Rate’ a lot as well. The last track, ‘New Dawn’, is a curveball and is the album highlight for me. It’s a weary, six-minute post-punk closer that sounds more than a little poetic. I’ve not really heard them do anything like this before, but they pull it off well.
That surprise aside, you know what you’re getting from the Lovely Eggs: Northern wit, playful punk sounds and catchy melodies, even if the catchy does sometimes cross over into the slightly annoying.