Lovely Eggs, The – I Am Moron [RSD Edition] – New LP
2020. UK import. RSD 2020 edition.
Another inimitable Lovely Eggs handmade release. This time a picture disc special! 1000 copies only.Designed by Casey Raymond. Following on from their 2018 RSD release of "This is Eggland" on giant fried egg vinyl which sold out instantly, The Lovely Eggs return with another unique creation for RSD 2020! Cooking up another special release with collaborator Casey Raymond the band will release a very special edition of their new album "I am Moron" on special collectible picture disc."I am Moron" is the follow up to their critically acclaimed 2017 album "This is Eggland".It is their second album co-produced and mixed by Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, MGMT, Tame Impala) and continues their journey through Eggland into the unknown.Throughout their 13 year career, The Lovely Eggs have embraced isolation.Both metaphorically and geographically the married couple have chosen to shun the social conventions of normal life and dedicated their band and their life to the pursuit of what feels right.Operating out of their hometown of Lancaster The Lovely Eggs are lonely pioneers and self confessed kings of idiocy.Working in an industry whose currency is money, success and nepotism, The Lovely Eggs want none of it.They call out everything fake and plastic about the music industry and demand you to re-evaluate on their terms.They're undoubtedly the most real band in Britain, operating in a world when true authenticity is hard to find.They have also spent more time on hold to the Working Tax credit hotline than any other band on the planet."I Am Moron" was self recorded by the band in Lancaster ("The Twin Peaks of Northern England") between Lancaster Musicians Co-op and their home.During the recording, Lancaster Musicians Co-op was threatened with closure so the band put their album on hold to fight the eviction. While the band were writing the album they became fascinated by the Mars One program- a global project which aims to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars.Applicants are offered a one way ticket- never to see earth again.This fascinated Holly and David who drew parallels between this mission and their own isolation as a band.Continuing the heaviness of " This is Eggland" "I am Moron" brings more depth to their sound bringing with it a mix of heavy psych, pop and strangeness.Some songs flicker between an earthly realism and the otherworldly loneliness of a one way space mission.While in contrast, Insect Repellent launches a gonzo-style attack against the middle classes and Bearpit questions the essence of working class freedom.With no booking agent, manager, record label or publisher The Lovely Eggs are truly independent.And support for them is snowballing.They are selling out bigger and bigger venues and more eggheads are joining them in their crusade against bullshit.The Lovely Eggs say it how it is. They've never been afraid to swim against the current and now they've got an army of fans behind them.Don't miss out on the most collectible record of the year! Tracks: 1.Long Stem Carnations 2.You Can Go Now 3.This Decision 4.You've Got The Ball 5.Bear Pit 6.I Wanna 7.24 Eyes 8.The Mothership 9.Insect Repellent 10.The Digital Hair 11.Still Second Rate 12.New Dawn
I Am Moron, the sixth album by The Lovely Eggs, may just be the ideal antidote to the current chaos. The Lancaster, England-based duo released their debut album back in 2009 and have been blazing a fiercely independent trail ever since. Embracing the DIY mindset, The Lovely Eggs operate without the aid of a manager, booking agent, or record label. It’s an attitude that, coupled with the utterly fantastic music, has earned them a loyal and loving fanbase.
The band’s sound has, over the years, managed to incorporate everything from the art-punk of Half Japanese and the surrealist writings of Richard Brautigan to the superb silliness of cult comedian John Shuttleworth. Psychedelia has become a more prominent influence since 2018’s Dave Fridmann-produced LP, This is Eggland. Sonically, album opener, “Long Stem Carnations” picks up where that album left off. The sci-fi electronics subside, the song kicks in and we’re hurtling along at 100mph as vocalist/guitarist Holly Ross tells us, “I’m as strong as a Wagon Wheel/I’m connected to how you feel.” Fridmann is back behind the desk and the songs sound huge swathed in his psychedelicized production.
The heart-racing rush of each successive song gives I Am Moron a brilliantly breathless momentum. The band’s humor coupled with a genuine sense of anger and, on occasion, outright disgust. If you follow the band on social media or hear them in interviews, you’ll know how passionate they are. Their gleefully surreal punk infused with urgency. The ridiculously catchy, word association pop of “You Can Go Now” feels like a sonic spring clean as everything and everyone from “microwave meals” to entertainment itself are shown the door. “This Decision” just about takes my head off and finds Ross and drummer David Blackwell (also her husband) providing a raw, beautifully frazzled blast of psych-punk.
“You’ve Got the Ball” takes a bit of a left-turn with a hypnotic, rhythmic mantra that may or may not be about football/soccer. Who cares? It sounds fresh, fun, and completely off-its-rocker. “Bear Pit,” the snarling strop of “I Wanna,” and the manic “24 Eyes” are guaranteed to knock some socks off; cutting to the chase with a triple-header of unrestrained, punk-rock goodness. “The Mothership” is an unexpected moment of calm, the sound of the duo drifting through the lonely vacuum of outer space as Ross sings, “I sleep alone/I just wanna sleep alone.” A brief moment to catch your breath. “Insect Repellent” might just be one of the best tracks here. Lurching into life with a brilliantly heavy groove, “investment opportunities/repellent!/luxury coleslaw/ repellent!”
“The Digital Hair” is just over a minute of psych-punk ranting while “Still Second Rate” perfectly captures the band’s knack for a catchy, energetic art-punk barnburner. Ross explains in the press release: “Second Rate means different things to different people. For some people the idea of a Pot Noodle sandwich would be unthinkable but to David it’s a delicious after-hours snack.” Tuck in!
Like any good hosts, The Lovely Eggs may have just gone and saved the very best for last with the epic, “New Dawn.” The verse pulls us in with a propulsive rhythm as Ross sings about “the solitude of living/the screw that will not turn.” The melancholy morphs into euphoria as the chorus ushers in a new, hopeful dawn. The song ends with the image of Ross in some country kitchen smearing excrement over marble worktops. The first steps towards overthrowing our wealthy, Tory voting overlords? I Am Moron is one of those albums that seems to have arrived at the perfect time; it’s exactly what I needed to hear. I honestly can’t wait for you to hear it.
|A1||Long Stem Carnations|
|A2||You Can Go Now|
|A4||You've Got The Ball|
|B4||The Digital Hair|
|B5||Still Second Rate|