Gig Review: The Lovely Eggs @ The Central Bar
The folks at Popklubb never fail to put on a good show and the promise of four cracking bands on a school night is too much for my weak heart to resist.
Girls Afraid, the delectable Evan’s sisters, open proceedings with a selection of indie-pop covers perfectly in fitting with the Popklubb vibe. Propped up by guitar, keyboards and sweet but assured vocals, the girls quip about having never played most of these songs live before (though I truly would have been none the wiser!)
The Exes were an utter revelation. I’ve never stumbled upon this collective of bone fide punks before, but the tight show suggests that these boys have been around for some time. Kicking out some impressive, acerbic axe sounds peppered with tongue in cheek lyrics, I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for them in future.
Our Imaginary Friends are a delightful injection of sunshine to the drizzly Newcastle spring. I simply cannot see any way to fault a band who are perfectly happy to crack out a clarinet in the middle of their set, and their bouncy, open sound just can’t help but put a smile on your face (and a shuffle in your feet).
The Lovely Eggs are fresh for the first night of the tour. Now with an impressive back catalogue of utterly adorable, oddball tunes, it’s difficult to know what is going to be on offer tonight. It would have been hard to leave disappointed, as Holly and David rattle through the majority of their first two albums, as well as recent singles Allergies and Food. Despite an impending sore throat crisis, the duo encore with a whirling rendition of their sandwich-inspired contemplative ditty The Stars. Lovely.