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Half Japanese and The Lovely Eggs at Scala, Kings Cross: An illustrated review by Slowly the Eggs

On May 31st Half Japanese played at the London Scala, supported by The Lovely Eggs and Let's Wrestle. Maria Papadimitriou, also known as Slowly the Eggs, went along to gather illustrations for this wonderful illustrated review.

Written by Maria Papadimitriou

Half Japanese 'Fire in her Eyes' by Maria Papadimitriou aka Slowly The Eggs
Half Japanese ‘Fire in her Eyes’ by Maria Papadimitriou aka Slowly The Eggs.

One Tuesday evening at the end of last month I found myself going along to the Scala at King’s Cross to listen to punk rock band Half Japanese supported by The Lovely Eggs and Let’s Wrestle mainly because the name I have given to my illustrating activity is Slowly The Eggs – as good a reason to go to a gig as any other, right?

The Lovely Eggs by Maria Papadimitriou aka Slowly The Eggs
The Lovely Eggs by Maria Papadimitriou aka Slowly The Eggs.

I have not managed to discover why the band The Lovely Eggs – a husband and wife indie rock band from Lancaster – think that eggs are lovely or think of themselves as eggs who also happen to be lovely, sales but I can tell you the reasons why I chose Slowly The Eggs as my aka title.

Half Japanese 'Red Dress' by Maria Papadimitriou aka Slowly The Eggs
Half Japanese ‘Red Dress’ by Maria Papadimitriou aka Slowly The Eggs.

Slowly The Eggs is what my native Greeks would say when faced with a slightly sticky situation perhaps in an effort to put things in perspective – it loosely means ‘relax’ – undeniably a useful, philosophical catchphrase to keep in your pocket and use as widely as possible. Admittedly I also chose the phrase due to a little obsession with eggs – my Fine Art degree show featured a section within an installation filled with dyed red eggs which I stepped onto and broke during a performance; it felt good, but do not ask me what it meant – and the fact eggs seem to have a cosmic significance and an infinite potential, they are a beginning. And then of course there is the fascinating debate concerning the chicken and the egg.

The Lovely Eggs by Maria Papadimitriou aka Slowly The Eggs
The Lovely Eggs by Maria Papadimitriou aka Slowly The Eggs.

I was pleasantly surprised to find, however, that The Lovely Eggs did not only share with me a soft spot for eggs but also one for the general use of food in their art – they sang about it, they chatted and joked about it in between songs, and I love to use food in my collages. In fact, it turned out that The Lovely Eggs were my favourite of the three bands that played, with Let’s Wrestle unfortunately leaving no significant trace in my memory other than a numb feeling of dislike and Half Japanese humorously adding with some of their lyrics to the food related imagery conveyed through the evening – one of their songs I enjoyed most was titled Cherry Pie. Here are a few illustrations inspired by the evening and some of the words in the songs.

Half Japanese 'Cherry P-eye' by Maria Papadimitriou aka Slowly The Eggs
Half Japanese ‘Cherry P-eye’ by Maria Papadimitriou aka Slowly The Eggs.

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