Interview the lovely eggs speak ahead of this is eggland roadmender gig – northampton chronicle and echo

A – “It’s been building for a while now, we’ve been going for 12 years. This album has changed things for us, we started selling out our gigs before the album came out which is amazing. When the album came out, it all went a bit nuts. I think more people are getting into us through word of mouth and there’s an element of having the longevity. We think the album’s really good and if it wasn’t as good as it was, it wouldn’t have had the momentum. It was a mixture of longevity and stubbornness I think.”

A – “Every single gig of ours is different and if it wasn’t, we’d have packed this band in years ago. We play so many gigs – if they were all the same it’d just be boring. We do the band for our own amusement really, we’re not doing it for anyone really.

We do it because we love it, if it stops being that, we wouldn’t. Live, there’s always surprises, it’s always different. Always expect the unexpected, it’s random fun and a party. It’s never become a ‘clocking in and clocking out’ thing for us’, yeah, we make our living from it, but it’s not a job. This tour we started taking poets with us and that made a difference. We had Phill Jupitus with us doing his Porky The Poet on the February tour, then we had Rob Orton who’s joining us again. Having a bill with really good acts on and poetry as well as music makes it interesting for us and the audience.”

A – “Me and David were talking around the kitchen table about who would be our dream producer and we said Dave Fridmann. I decided to try and contact him. He doesn’t publish his email address on his website just in case people like us email him. I found a phone number for the studio when I was drunk. I got two wrong numbers at first, one was a takeaway and the other was a garage. The next time I got through to the studio answerphone and left a message to say how we thought he was a fabulous producer and if he would think about working with us. A year later we got an email from him saying he’d listened to his answer phone message and he wanted to produce us.”

A – “It was defiantly a conscious direction. Dave could only work with what we provided him with. If we’d provided him with a folk album, that’s what he would have produced and mixed. We were raging basically for quite a while about a lot of different things going on in the world. Things like Brexit, about not being taken seriously because of where you live, what accent you’ve got, what privilege you’ve got and coming from a working-class background. People might say we’re not a political band, but we’re a massive political band because of what we’re doing – the statement in itself that we self-release everything and are very much DIY. We haven’t moved to London like a lot of people do to get famous and ‘make it’. We’ve never done that and it’s a big thing in the music industry where that’s what most of the bands do."

A – “We’re buggers for sabotaging our own careers for the benefit of being true to what we’re doing. Sometimes I think we could have done things differently if we’d not been so stubborn. It feels nice to stay true to what you believe in because so many bands seem to not. A lot of these ‘political’ bands which are cropping up, not naming any names, are all moaning on about ‘this and that’, but are on a massive record label who have shares in God knows what. Don’t spout off like that unless you’re going to practise what you preach. Don’t go and sign to a major label and then go and preach about socialism because you can’t do that.

“We’ve made ‘wrong’ career decisions in the past but it’s not about a career, it’s bigger than that for us, it’s about dedicating yourself to a way of life. Me and David have always said we’re not rich enough to have morals, we’ve done a TV advert before because it paid. We’re too working class and poor to say ‘no’. It’s OK if you’ve got a lot of money in the bank to say, ‘No, I don’t want to do that advert’, but we did because we had already written the song. We were like, ‘Do we watch telly?’, yes, OK, let’s do it’. I was skint and pregnant and thinking what were we going to do for money for the next year. We couldn’t tour because of our new born baby, it just came up like it was meant to be. We couldn’t afford to say no. I’d be very hesitant to use the world ‘integrity’. I’d like to think I’ve got integrity but with some stuff, I do stuff I’d rather not do cause I’m working class and poor.

"We can’t write when we go on tour because we’ve got a kid, it’s chaos, we don’t get a quiet moment, there’s no way we’d have time to write. He’s five now, when he was a toddler we were going to a lot of soft play centres in the day and parks. Now he’s older, he likes museums. Every day we need to be doing something. By the time we get around to doing the gig, it’s a relief. Because of this, I’ve got no idea about the next record. We haven’t even started thinking about it. We know we need to block off time to do it. We’re not going to even think about touring so we’ll just address it when we come to it. It’s different every time and I think each album informs the next one. I don’t know if the next one will be as heavy or not.”

“If you want to be in a band, do it full time and not work a rubbish office job, you have to do it yourself. You have to live on nothing for a long time – beans on toast every day. Live frugal and do it yourself and then you can live the dream and play loads of gigs around the country. People often feel trapped in their own jobs which I do ‘get’, but a lot of time it is a choice. You just want nice fancy things. Forget the fancy things and you can have the lifestyle you want really, but lot of people what to have the cake and eat it.”