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Upcoming shows: Memorial... His Lordship... Florry + Memorial... Bad Bad Hats... Dana Gavanski... Caoilfhionn Rose... The Lovely Eggs... James Yorkston... Rain Parade... Matthew and the Atlas... Gratis: Makushin... Lightheaded + Mt. Misery... Jake Xerxes Fussell... Andrew Wasylyk & Tommy Perman... Charlie Parr... Mock Tudors... Dominie Hooper... Ryley Walker... Terry Reid... Chime School... The Courettes... Tusks... Roddy Woomble... Myriam Gendron... Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra... Kris Drever... Erland Cooper... Pokey LaFarge... Skinny Lister... The Unthanks in Winter... Emily Barker...

When: 7pm on Saturday 1 June 2024
Where: New Century, Mayes Street, Manchester M60 4ES

We’re excited to welcome The Lovely Eggs back – this time, to New Century, with guests Loose Articles and !

For The Lovely Eggs being in a band is a way of life. It’s about art. It’s about creativity and expression. It’s about following your own path and doing things your own way.

Holly and David operate on their terms, spewing out music, records, art and television shows before piling in the van and tearing round the country to perform a load of live sold-out shows.

The band recently returned with new single My Mood Wave – their first new music in nearly four years. Four long years since the release of their Number 1 Independent Chart topper, I Am Moron. But it’s not like they’ve been lazy, oh no. They made their own TV series EGGS TV and hosted it on YouTube, they dueted with Iggy Pop, piled into their van and played a load of sold-out gigs and festivals, spent two years fighting to save Lancaster Music Co-Op (a community rehearsal rooms and recording studio where they live), and then they got their heads down and wrote a new album.

My Mood Wave, with its contemporary, yet haunted West Coast retro vibe, was an instant smash across the airwaves of 6 Music, Radio X etc and gave us the first whiff of what to expect from Eggsistentialism – the brand-new album from The Lovely Eggs, due 17 May via Egg Records.

‘The new album is really a reflection on what has been happening to us these last couple of years, stewing up in Eggland in our own juices,’ explains Holly. ‘It’s about loss and strength. On this album you’ll hear us at our lowest and most vulnerable. Daily life is hard. Realising everything you grew up with and loved is never coming back, alongside the responsibilities of caring for others is sometimes hard to take. The album is about life and death. Eggsistentialism. It’s about dragging yourself through all the shit to get to the other side.’

Once again, the album was recorded by the band at home in Lancaster with production work from Flaming Lips producer Dave Fridmann. They flew to America in December 2023 to mix the album in Fridmann’s studio in upstate New York and the results are without doubt the most expansive, mind-melting ten songs the band have delivered yet. From the twisted, sneering punk rock of opening track Death Grip Kids, to the wistful, stark seven-minute psychedelic beauty of Nothing/Everything, Eggsistentialism sees The Lovely Eggs running the full gauntlet of emotions and sounds.

‘It’s a bit of a “wilderness years” album,’ continues Holly. ‘We haven’t released a new record since 2020 and in the meantime, we’ve been here fighting shit and trying to defend a right to a lifestyle that we’ve enjoyed here in this town for the last 30+ years- as working musicians who refuse to get a “normal” job and tow the line. It’s about believing in something and not letting go. But that unwillingness to give in ultimately takes its toll. It does start to destroy you and the album is kind of a documentation of that destruction and collapse as well as the strength we’ve got to get through it all. Ultimately, this is a hopeful record about survival.’

Eggsistentialism will be released on ltd edition ‘mind green’ 12” vinyl and CD with more breathtaking/mind-boggling artwork by illustrator Casey Raymond. All orders made direct through the band’s website will come with a limited edition signed print of the album artwork, with the first 500 LP copies hand numbered and signed by the band.

There will also be an additional 1,000 LPs pressed on transparent blue vinyl with ‘coffee’ splatter exclusively available in independent record shops.

Operating in a world when true authenticity is hard to find, The Lovely Eggs are one of the most exciting, innovative and genuine bands around. Welcome to their world. Welcome to Eggland.

Spoken word support comes from Ramsgate-based performance poet Violet Malice. Violet Malice is more than just a bra full of tits. Performer, writer, comedy, poetry, bad videos, dancer, prancer and blitzen.

Opening the show are Loose Articles. Specialising in discordant, hypnotic repetition, tales of boozy nights out, and radical politics, Loose Articles are a punk quartet from Manchester with plenty to say. Their music speaks to all those determined to get through the age of austerity with tongue in cheek, pint in hand, and two feet firmly on the dance floor.

Age restriction: This is a 14+ show. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

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