The Egg | 10.18.08 | Baltimore

By: Adam Eshleman

The Egg :: 10.18.08 :: Bedrock :: Baltimore, MD

The Egg by Dave Vann
I've been thinking about the world a lot lately. And I've come to realize that the greatest gift God has ever bestowed upon his wayward children is music.

Are we really teetering on the brink of another Great Depression? How long before I'm forced to start raising chickens and growing potatoes in my backyard? Is Tiffany Pollard (better known as New York from VH1's excruciatingly endless series of reality shows) still on TV? Seriously? How much bad TV can this country stomach?

Amidst all the uncertainty and willful dumbness in the world today, we're blessed to have at least one sure thing, one thing we know will consistently remind us how truly great it is to be here, namely live music. For me, there's no better way to quell worldly anxiety. I mean nothing else really matters to me when I'm bellied up to the stage, fully immersed in light and sound, gulping down the radiant energy of a good band.

It was in just this sort of situation I found myself at Bedrock in Baltimore, where The Egg was playing.

I first saw The Egg at Camp Bisco 7 (read the review here) last summer and was blown utterly away. These U.K. trance-rockers delivered the perfect infusion of funky, extremely danceable beats, hypnotic trance and British alt-rock sensibilities. At the time, I thought I was witnessing absolute musical perfection. They were easily the best non-Bisco act on the festival's lineup. Hell, they even gave the mighty Disco Biscuits a run for their money.

Upon my return home, I scoured the Internet looking for downloads, reviews and anything else Egg related. What I found was a massive Internet buzz. It seemed everyone was as taken by The Egg as I was. I also found they rarely make it across the pond to do Stateside shows. So, when it was announced that they'd be in Baltimore, I jumped on tickets like a crack head on a quarter.

Next, I bought their latest album, Forwards, and I have to admit I was a little disappointed. It was The Egg alright but it didn't sound like The Egg I knew from Bisco. There wasn't much groove. It was largely down-tempo; pretty, nice to fall asleep to, but not the high-energy techno funk I'd expected. Was it the Camp Bisco spirit and atmosphere that gave them such an irresistible appeal? Or are they, like so many other great bands, simply looking to provide a different experience from the studio to the stage? I wasn't sure.

Lately I've been looking at my beer cans and seeing them half empty, so it's no surprise I had my doubts about this show. Especially as my friends and I were making the hour-and-a-half drive down to Baltimore, listening to this spacey, rather boring Forwards album. I kept asking myself, "Is this why we're driving so far? Spending this much on gas? For these guys?"

The Egg by Dave Vann
Once we walked into the Bedrock my doubts were magnified. We stepped into this swanky, yuppie-ass-looking joint, with couches and art on the walls. We felt totally out of place being so shabbily dressed. Where are all the grody Bisco kids? What did I get myself into? "Well, old boy, better get a beer and make the best of this," I thought.

Two mediocre opening bands and about six Dogfish Heads later, I was, however, feeling gladly loosened up. Then Damn Right! took the stage. They were pretty good, but not good enough to silence my inner skeptic. Even without a guitar player, they managed to sound almost exactly like The Disco Biscuits. Yeah, they were a good time. I got my dance on and enjoyed the performance. It's just that I'm so tired of all these bands on the scene today riding The Disco Biscuits' coattails to marginal success and recognition.

Then came the moment I'd been waiting for since last July. The Egg began their set. Within moments, that apprehension and doubt, which had been gradually declining with the influence of that oh-so-delightful beer, was completely obliterated. Finally it all seemed justified. This is why I drove so far, dropped so much cash and drug my friends away from their weekend parties and bar-hops.

The Egg opened with a jazzed-up "Funky Dube," and I was immediately struck by an overpowering compulsion to get my groove on. The next song I recognized was the infectious anthem of apathy, "Nothing." I sung out every word, reveling in the beats, basking in the glittering swells of commingled guitar and synthesizer.

Is global warming the result of humankind's caustic influence or merely a natural fluctuation in the Earth's climate? At this moment, I couldn't have cared less.

As the set soared along, The Egg led me across vast wastes of spacey, entrancing, almost-Pink Floyd-sounding ambience. Then, explosive barrages of power chords and crash cymbals jolted me to life. Triumphant, head-banging life. They swept me to and fro with throbbing basslines, heaved me up and down with dynamic, sterling crescendos. They tore through "She's Terrific," "Walking Away" and "Forwards," as well as many songs and interim jams I didn't recognize, leaving the whole place in a sonic-induced delirium.

Oil cartels, terrorists, corporatization, 2012. Who cares? Who can think about such things when there's a joyous onslaught of drums and guitars and strobes bearing down upon you, beating on your chest, shrieking in your ears, blinding your eyes?

But alas, it was all over way too soon.

After experiences like these, I realize all the more what a beautiful thing music is. It become clear that, in spite of all the failures and disillusionment in the world, some things remain wholly good. I realize that no matter how fucked up things get, there will always be music to sweeten our sorrows. Thank God for music.

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Comments

LBSCATL starstarstarstar Mon 10/27/2008 01:22PM
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The Egg are great. I saw them at Camp Bisco as well and they were awesome. The author is correct about their album not coming close to their live show.

granola Mon 10/27/2008 01:42PM
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"It's just that I'm so tired of all these bands on the scene today rideing The Disco Biscuits' coattails to marginal success and recognition". Are you fucking serious, damn dude you talk like the Disco Biscuits are the greatest band in the world theyre only subpar at best. The Egg sound like Euro Techno - not so great.

sacsquash Mon 10/27/2008 02:10PM
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C00lmike Mon 10/27/2008 02:35PM
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C00lmike

The Egg kicked ass when I saw them. I was a little nervous when all these Bisco kids came back from camp talking these guys up big time, but they did not disappoint when they played in Madison. Hopefully they'll schedule more U.S. dates in the future.

PooDolla Mon 10/27/2008 04:04PM
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PooDolla

You would like this band if you had robot ears.

bob sacamano Mon 10/27/2008 05:05PM
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bob sacamano

Robot ears thats funny.. hehee

j-bizzle Mon 10/27/2008 08:41PM
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j-bizzle

your whole review of the show is a whopping 3 sentences. i not one to usually bitch about reviews, but come on... there's just not much substance to this.

snausages starstarstarstarstar Tue 10/28/2008 05:27AM
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mandophine Tue 10/28/2008 06:38AM
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mandophine

nice article adam, the egg is going to tear through the states!

granola Tue 10/28/2008 06:59AM
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This was an awful review. Next time you review a band dont talk about another crappy band just as much as you talk about the band you're reviewing.

chesirecat3 Tue 10/28/2008 10:07AM
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The egg is hot fire live....

theguykeator Tue 10/28/2008 11:40AM
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theguykeator

Saw them in Madison and had a blast!!! A very good live performance.

I just need more Steezburgers in my life!!!!!

manjotar Tue 10/28/2008 02:23PM
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manjotar

actually sndtribefrak, i think bisco had more of a writeup in this article than the egg...

pottad Tue 10/28/2008 02:32PM
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sndtribefreak, at least they don't sound like the shitty ambient sounds of STS9. Talk about a subpar snoozefest.

manjotar Tue 10/28/2008 02:35PM
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manjotar

no doubt, i would much rather have some shitty jamming that never goes anywhere and garbled singing about munchkins.

Ilikephish531 star Tue 10/28/2008 06:46PM
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Ilikephish531

"it's just that im so tired these bands on the scene today...blah blah bisco bisco". what a bunch of bullshit that sentance contained. Well I am personally tired of shitty, ego driven, pointless, reviewless, show reviews that ride jambase's coattails to barely moderate success.

Ilikephish531 star Tue 10/28/2008 06:55PM
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Ilikephish531

by the way, i love your love for music, keep that up. just stop writing reviews. and dont talk about bisco so much.

Matty Boh starstar Wed 10/29/2008 03:42PM
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Just wanna say that although I wasn't at the show, Damn Right is nothing to sleep on. Great late night music jams with some really talented musicians...this reviewer should give them another chance, especially to see them in a different venue besides Bedrock. THEY PLAY AT THE 8X10 ALL THE TIME SO CHECK THEM OUT AND DECIDE FOR YOURSELF. http://www.myspace.com/damnrightmusic

jammingewok starstarstarstar Thu 10/30/2008 10:51AM
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This guys stole my words for DAMN RIGHT!...they sound aiiight and it's a good time but for god's sake do something original with your talent if that's what you choose to do.

Jeff Kash Mon 11/3/2008 04:35PM
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Jeff Kash

These guys are definitely heady. I made fun of them at first, as I do with most bands... but they really kept my attention and got down! I wish these guys would play at Foxwoods so we can turn the whole place into a Euro-Rave.