Kenny Young and the Eggplants

Kenny Young & The Eggplants

Eddie Logue (percussion);

Gil Shuster (bass);

Kenny Young (acoustic guitar and vocals).

Claiming to be from Brooklyn (but possibly from some other galaxy altogether), Kenny Young and the Eggplants are a not-easily-described semi-acoustic trio who perform songs about giant squirrels, scary bits of cheese, inebriated crime-solving birds, and malevolent washing machines, among other important rock and roll topics.  Various attempts to define their music have been made, but perhaps the most entertaining quote comes from the New York Times, which said that the band gives “eloquent voice to the multifaceted neuroses of prolonged adolescence.” In the U.K., the Sunday Herald said the Eggplants “mix the wit of Jonathan Richman with the sound of the Nico-era Velvets to create a surreal and satirical gumbo.” They have also been called a “deeply eccentric pop band” (The Guardian), and a “wonderful weird band” (The Scotsman). The Village Voice said, “The naivete Kenny wears on his sleeve is genuine – think of an East Village Brian Wilson, without the money but still tilted in his own wacked-out way.”

At the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, the Eggplants won a coveted artistic award known as a Herald Angel. The Herald Angels, which span all the Edinburgh Festivals (International, Fringe, Film, Book, Jazz, etc.), are awarded to “celebrate excellence across the spectrum of artistic activity” and to recognize “outstanding contributions to the festival.”

In addition to the award, the Eggplants have received 4-star reviews from Scotland’s most prestigious newspapers. The Scotsman called them an “endearingly oddball Brooklyn trio … carving their singular niche somewhere between whimsy, psychedelia and classic lo-fi pop.” The Herald has described an Eggplants show as “gentle insanity with irresistable tunes … It’s like a kid’s party that’s continued for the grownups and possibly the most charmingly diverting hour on the Fringe.”

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