Back in the old world at the start of 2020, our psychedelic punk heroes The Lovely Eggs were primed to release their new album ‘I Am Moron’ – the Lancaster duo’s greatest work yet, over-flowing with political venom and fresh ideas, set to a gloriously independent noise.
Then, of course, the pandemic happened. The Lovely Eggs pushed ahead, and the album came out to critical-acclaim and indie chart-topping status, but their plans to tour it far and wide were clearly scuppered. These tour dates have now been rescheduled a staggering seven times independently by the band and are now, thankfully, set to start later this month (full dates below). The Lovely Eggs do not give up!
But in that time, they’ve made a new fan and friend in Iggy Pop, the Godfather of punk, and without doubt the coolest street walking cheetah to ever stalk the earth. Throughout the pandemic Iggy has been playing The Lovely Eggs on his 6 Music show which led to the new collaboration, out today, called ‘I, Moron’ via the bands on Egg Records label.
“The wonderful, wonderful Lovely Eggs,” said Iggy in that unmistakable drawl. “I like everything I hear by The Lovely Eggs.”
“Being in The Lovely Eggs we’re kind of used to surreal experiences but collaborating with Iggy Pop takes the biscuit,” exclaims Eggs singer/guitarist Holly Ross. “It’s actually unbelievable. For him just to say nothing but “moron” over and over again fitted in with the sentiment of the song perfectly. He just GOT it. We are all morons. In a world of moronic things. In a world of moronic ideas. You are moron. I am Moron. We are Moron.”
The video for the ‘I, Moron’ single is suitably deranged, drawing you into The Lovely Eggs claymation world.
“We’ve made a couple of claymation videos ourselves before,” continues Holly. “But this time we roped in the amazing Sean McAnulty whose work we’ve admired for ages. He takes you on a weird journey into the moronic underworld, populated by monsters, robots, us and Iggy Pop.”
Watch the ‘I, Moron’ video HERE:
In a further homage to Iggy, the B-side features The Lovely Eggs own take on ‘Dum Dum Boys’ from Iggy’s defining 1977 album ‘The Idiot’.
“For the B side it made real sense to us to cover one of Iggy’s songs off “The Idiot”, says drummer David Blackwell. “There seemed to be a real synchronicity to it. I had this album on cassette, and it was one of the first albums that I got really into. Dum Dum Boys struck a chord with us, kind of missing the old days and the old gang we used to hang out with.”
Once again, the single features artwork (a three headed Iggy/Eggy beast) by the brilliant Casey Raymond on one thousand yellow coloured vinyl 7″ singles, recorded by The Lovely Eggs in Lancaster and mixed by Dave Fridmann at Tarbox Road Studios, NYC. Physical copies sold out on the band’s website overnight, with shops scrabbling to get their hands on copies, which had sold out on pre-order. The band are now re-pressing a limited-edition red vinyl version for record stores which are available to pre-order now.
‘I am Moron’ was declared “Album of the Day” by BBC 6 Music and received critical acclaim
from the national press. The Sunday Times called it “A Triumph”, ★★★★ “I am Moron is much cleverer than it would have you believe”- The Telegraph, ★★★★ – I Paper, 9/10- Louder Than War, “An act of fine calibration of noise and sweetness”- Q, “Packed with their observations of modern culture and the utter madness of the current world”- Sunday Mirror, Album of the month- Classic Rock, “Their Best Record Yet”- Long Live Vinyl, 8/10- Uncut, “Anarcho spirit dominates”- MOJO, “Excellent”- Brooklyn Vegan.
Catch The Lovely Eggs live at the following dates in 2021/2022
Fri 23 Gorilla, Manchester SOLD OUT
Sat 24, The Brudenell, Leeds NEW SHOW!!
Thur 29 02 Academy, Sheffield
Fri 30 The Garage, London SOLD OUT
Sat 31 SWX, Bristol [Venue upgrade. Original tickets still valid]
Sun 1, The Bullingdon, Oxford
Mon 2, The Joiners Southampton [Venue change. Original tickets still valid] SOLD OUT
Tues 3, Concorde 2, Brighton [Venue upgrade. Original tickets still valid]
Wed 4, Metronome, Nottingham
Thur 5, District, Liverpool [Venue change. Original tickets still valid]
Thurs 7 Castle and Falcon, Birmingham SOLD OUT
Fri 8, Heaven, London
Mon 11 Junction 2, Cambridge
Sat 16, The Brudenell, Leeds SOLD OUT
Thur 26 The Cluny, Newcastle
Fri 27 Stereo, Glasgow
Sat 28 The Mash House, Edinburgh SOLD OUT
Sun 29 The Crescent, York
Mon 30 Sub Rooms, Stroud
Tues 31 Clwb Ivor Bach, Cardiff
Wed 1 Face Bar, Reading
Fri 3 02 Ritz, Manchester
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