The Lovely Eggs have perfected the DIY punk aesthetic over the course of a clutch of singles, two EPs and three albums. Their new album, This is Our Nowhere, consolidates their position of not-giving-a-shit punk attitude whilst adding a touch of psychedelic nonsense. There will be a special limited edition black and white vinyl version released for Record Store Day 2015, which precedes the official release of the album.
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Why drink coffee in the morning when you could just listen to the Lovely Eggs instead? Ever since this noxiously twee punk crew asked me, over and over and over again, if I’d ever heard a digital accordion, I realised there’s probably no band I’d be more scared of having as my bedside alarm. If you’re wondering what they’re up to in the aftermath of accordion-gate, there’s more proof in ‘This Is Our Nowhere’, another totally annoying and very scuzzy bowling party.
Holly Ross and David Blackwell are in good form here, with Ross singing in an utterly deadpan and unassuming voice over quick ‘n’ breezy chord sequences with plenty of discombobulating distortion. Good form doesn’t necessarily connote good music, though, and as always these songs err on the side of twee that lacks the striking melodies but hypes up the gimmicks: the third track, which is technically correct in being called “Music”, rolls through drab chants of “big teeth, I’ve got big teeth” over chords that sound like they’re being scrubbed out of the guitar.
The big single is “Magic Onion” and it goes something like “he is a magic onion, he is a magic onion”... and so forth. Onions are magical; life goes on. It’s not the most interesting pop hit, though the subtle guitar solo trembles as the band swim for psych rock oceans. The drums kick in boisterously in the track's second half, which might be the first noticeable Lovely Eggs climax, toward a traditional rock ‘n’ roll cadence. And you know what, I’ve gotta hand it to them: they’ve certainly become slightly less annoying.
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