CONCERT REVIEW : THE LOVELY EGGS – St Luke’s, Glasgow 23 May 2024 Eggsistentialism Tour

The Lovely Eggs bring their latest album to Glasgow for the opening night of the tour. The duo from Lancaster in England are known for their lo-fi psychedelic punk rock and manic headbanging from Holly Ross on vocals.

 The chosen venue is the wonderful St. Luke’s in the East End of the city; everything about the venue is spot on any time it hosts an event. From door staff and bar staff right through to the amazing sound and topped off by the huge stained glass windows and massive organ pipes.

 The venue is, unfortunately, close to empty when the opening act take to the stage. The sparse crowd (maybe due to the awful weather) gave an indifferent welcome Loose Articles.

  • Loose Articles  - Saint Lukes Glasgow 23rd May 2024
  • Loose Articles  - Saint Lukes Glasgow 23rd May 2024
  • Loose Articles  - Saint Lukes Glasgow 23rd May 2024
  • Loose Articles  - Saint Lukes Glasgow 23rd May 2024
  • Loose Articles  - Saint Lukes Glasgow 23rd May 2024

 The three piece (or four piece if you count the sex doll on keyboards) from Manchester brought us guitar, bass and drums, some bright orange hair and a post punk vibe.

They informed the crowd of their hatred of buses with an old school student angst; confident and engaging, they warmed up the growing crowd in the manner befitting an opening act… and the drummer gave us cowbell!

 A short turnaround brought Violet Malice to the stage… due to the explicit nature of her one person act there isn’t a lot to say about her ‘act’.

Violet stood, dressed in black plastic trousers and a tunic / hat combo that resembled a second world war army outfit.

Her spoken word act was very X-rated and contained prose. ‘Tinder Bender’ and ‘Posh C**t’ detailed sexual acts with Lion Bars and chainsaws… I think you get the drift!

  • Violet Malice  - Saint Lukes Glasgow 23rd May 2024
  • Violet Malice  - Saint Lukes Glasgow 23rd May 2024
  • Violet Malice  - Saint Lukes Glasgow 23rd May 2024

Next up… The Lovely Eggs

 The smoke machine had been annoying all night but it went into meltdown on the arrival of the main act! There were times when it was difficult to pick out the duo on stage.

 The intro music allowed the band time to settle and prepare; a final check of guitar pedals and cables by Holly and a nod of readiness from David and then straight into ‘Death Grip Kids’.

The venue floor was rammed full of fans by this time which made for a great atmosphere in stark contrast to earlier in the evening. Unfortunately the balcony area wasn’t needed for the numbers attending but it really didn’t detract from the evening in terms of atmosphere.

As the smoke machine did it’s utmost to spoil the event the band carried on regardless and Holly didn’t disappoint with her on stage manner… very talkative and dancing with her guitar like no-one was watching; David ploughed on behind his kit only taking time out to bang his massive gong. Given the tone of Violet Malice it should be explained that this isn’t a euphemism, he really did have a massive gong!

The 16 song set was top quality and high energy throughout and the final sounds of ‘Meeting Friends at Night’ brought the curtain down on a set that was raucously appreciated by the Glasgow crowd.

  • The Lovely Eggs - Saint lukes Glasgow 23rd May 2024
  • The Lovely Eggs - Saint lukes Glasgow 23rd May 2024
  • The Lovely Eggs - Saint lukes Glasgow 23rd May 2024
  • The Lovely Eggs - Saint lukes Glasgow 23rd May 2024
  • The Lovely Eggs - Saint lukes Glasgow 23rd May 2024
  • The Lovely Eggs - Saint lukes Glasgow 23rd May 2024
  • The Lovely Eggs - Saint lukes Glasgow 23rd May 2024
  • The Lovely Eggs - Saint lukes Glasgow 23rd May 2024
  • The Lovely Eggs - Saint lukes Glasgow 23rd May 2024
  • The Lovely Eggs - Saint lukes Glasgow 23rd May 2024
  • The Lovely Eggs - Saint lukes Glasgow 23rd May 2024

On a slightly negative note the sound was unusually bad in terms of clarity and, as noted in the intro, it is usually crisp and clear in St Luke’s… Did I mention that damned smoke machine?

 

Review and Photographs by John Brown

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