18:02 Friday 23 November 2012

Duo setting a Lovely Eggs-ample

Written byJAMES BRINDLE

NORTHERN noise pop duo The Lovely Eggs are one of the most raucous live acts around and hit the stage in Leicester next week at the midpoint in their UK tour.

Lovely Eggs
Lovely Eggs

The show in Leicester on Monday night coincides with the release of the husband and wife team’s third album Wildlife and similar to previous efforts combines their gritty northern surreal lyrics with a schizophrenic sound.

Vocalist Holly Ross told the Mail ahead of the tour and the release of the album they were pleased with the record they have produced.

She said: “It is nice that it has finally come round and we are looking forward to going on tour and excited about playing the new songs.

“We recorded the album ourselves in our home town of Lancaster and we were really pleased with it.

“We think it is the best record we have done yet but I suppose that will be up to other people to decide.”

The couple have become used to doing things for themselves but Wildlife saw them team up with some well-known names.

Super Furry Animals’ Gruff Rhys and Cornershop’s Tjinder Singh were both visitors to the band’s hometown hideaway in Lancaster.

Ross said: “Gruff Rhys produced the single Allergies he came up to our studio which was great. Tjinder Singh did a remix of Food as well and it has been great working with other people on this record.

“When you are a two-piece band you feel quite isolated sometimes so it was great to have some influence from outside.”

Listening to The Lovely Eggs it is clear that their music will come alive on tour as even on record there is a palpable energy to their sound.

This UK headline tour will be the last chance to see the band for a while and Ross said Monday’s show in Leicester is always a particular favourite.

“We really love playing live,” she said. “It’s great to meet people who are into our music and coming from a small, northern town like Lancaster it’s good to get to meet new people.

“We love everywhere we play but it’s great playing Brighton where we have some great fans and Leicester is always mental.

“We sold out a lot of gigs on the last tour and places we had never played before like Oxford.

“We love the lifestyle as well I don’t like a normal job getting up at 7am in the morning in the dark and working 9 til 5pm so being in a band and touring is amazing.

“Live is really what we do and what we are all about. This will be our last tour until the summer so we want to make the most of it.

“We have just toured so much over the last year that we thought we needed to concentrate a bit more on recording, having a bit of a break and doing other things and hopefully coming back refreshed.”

The Lovely Eggs play The Soundhouse in Leicester on Monday. See the venue for ticket details.

Their third album Wildlife is also released on Monday (November 28).

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