The Lovely Eggs, Portland Arms , Cambridge, 26 April 2016

The meanderings and musings of Cambridge flâneur Pete Um opened the show, always a spontaneous and positive experience as he leafs through his repertoire for the next sparse percussive backing for his sharply honed words. I think several audience members (including The Lovely Eggs) were drawn in towards his world by the end of the set.

The Lovely Eggs are indeed lovely, they win the audience over in a few seconds, but I am sure that by the way the songs were recognised in the nearly full venue many were converts already. The duo of Holly Ross on distorted guitar and David Blackwell on drums make a sumptuous punk-rock noise, good in itself but add the lyrics and vocal delivery on top and you can see why they are playing to adoring audiences and still going strong after ten years.

Witty words and odd observations appear in short bursts of a few seconds such as ‘I’m A Journalist’ or the longer structured songs like ‘Magic Onion’ (“..he’s running rings around me..”). The affecting verses of ‘I Just Want Someone To Fall In Love With’ are punctuated with a show-stopping sing-along chorus and the noisiest guitar of the evening. Great stuff, as is the strange imagery of closing song ‘Don’t Look At Me (I Don’t Like It)’ (the video for this song features comedian and national treasure John Shuttleworth!!).

All together now…”I Like Birds (But I Like Other Animals Too)…”


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