EGGPLANT is a trio from South London, formed by two girls and a boy, largely renown on the international indie-pop circuit. Their singles pass from one hand to another as if they were precious treasures, fanzines from all over the world surrender at them, and their music’s freshness is the common talk. They proudly maintain a deliciously amateur spirit: none of the members had ever played in any other bands, and their three only gigs ever were at people’s houses / parties. But, the fact is - they say they won’t play live anymore!
To this date they had only released four wonderful, naïve singles: “Sweet Anarchy” and “Girl Wants A Dinosaur” (on the renowned american company Bus Stop); “Because Some Things Are Meant To Be Thrown Away” (on the at least as prestigious Pop Narcotic); and “Crushed By Ale” on Elefant Records, which brought them comparisons with HEAVENLY, SHOP ASSISTANTS, TIGER TRAP, VELOCITY GIRL or THE GO-GO’s.
Whilst Bus Stop prepares a CD compilation of the above mentioned singles (called “Anorak Twat”), Elefant releases “Catboy/Catgirl”, EGGPLANT’s first album, which promises to be this year’s debut. There’s something curious about this record: both formats bear different name and cover; the LP is called “Catboy”, whilst the CD is called “Catgirl”, and the cover art of each reflects appropriately this diversity. The outcome, the same on both formats, features fifteen encouraging pills of catchiest fuzz-pop; direct, immediate and short, very short teenage hymns, that have been suitably defined as “a moving cross between HEAVENLY, THE FASTBACKS and MAMBO TAXI”. Guitars are simple though effective, enhancing the sweetness in Julie’s voice, always wrapped by charming backing vocals, calling up the best moments of ELASTICA and THE PRIMITIVES. As it should be, being a good punk-indie-pop band, only two songs last more than two minutes. None the less one of the songs, the album closer, is a heartfelt mid-tempo which moves away from the rest of the album when showing EGGPLANT’s mature, reflexive side, where the neat guitar arrangements contrast with the previous songs’ urgency and teen angst.