Steve Eggs Band – Sound Lounge, Sutton– 7th October 2022
Fine purveyors of classic rock a-la Tom Petty, the Steve Eggs Band has been gigging in South London for the past ten years and has released four albums so far! They regularly play the Sound Lounge in Sutton, a fine venue nestled on Sutton’s high street which hosts live music most evenings of the week and a good selection of vinyl records for sale.
After a short but sweet set by local singer-songwriter Tom Johnson, The Steve Eggs Band took to the stage with the relaxed complicity of a band that has played hundreds of gigs since they formed more than a decade ago. Steve had swapped his usual acoustic Gibson Jumbo for a Telecaster which meant that the versions played tonight had a slightly beefier tone than the albums. The setlist covered the whole spectrum of the band’s lifespan. Rollicking versions of SS California, Fall Into You and Good Intentions started the gig on an upbeat note with Steve’s short humorous intros hitting the spot. Two excellent tracks off their latest record Lazarus Nights, the anthem to teenage angst A Whole Lotta Nothing and the Petty-esque One Horse Town where guitarist Jon Kershaw was given space for a blistering solo. A cover of the Vince Gill track Liza Jane showed the band’s rootsier side with excellent guitar work courtesy of Steve and Jon and the engine room of Peter Wass and Mark Taylor kept the steady pace required by the song. We were back in originals territory with Ghost Train and its great chorus and the urgent Slipstream both from the excellent We Humans album. The more reflective Wrap My Arms Around You provided a nice change of pace.
The band was clearly enjoying themselves with Jon airing his joke of the week (will not share it here in case he plans on recycling it) and Steve launching some spontaneous bouts of poetry (including an excerpt from a Dudley Moore sketch). Peter Wass took on lead vocals on several songs including great takes on the Small Faces All Or Nothing and Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited. Paying tribute to what remains the band’s greatest inspiration, the band played Tom Petty’s American Girl and closed off the gig with an extended take on the more obscure Apartment Song with another great solo by Jon Kershaw. The Steve Eggs Band will be back at The Sound Lounge on the 11th of February 2023. Go and see them, you won’t regret it.
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