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Eagulls - Eagulls

 
03 June, 2014
 
 
 

By Joe Connell

 

 

I first encountered Eagulls at a sparsely populated Borderline, mid 2012. The raucous set that the band delivered that night caught the unwitting audience off guard, the type of performance that made the occasional London city slicker in attendance reel back in terror. Vocalist George Mitchell was confrontational and unassuming in equal measure, barking into the microphone whilst the rest of the quintet from Leeds hammered through their brand of distortedly jagged punk.

 

This showing prompted me to delve into their EP that was released in the same year. The five song collection was a snapshot of energetic trepidation, with Mitchell snarling over a cacophony of clattering drums and scuzz soaked guitars for its fifteen minute duration. It showed glimpses of brilliance, with Eagulls managing to balance the abrasive with the anthemic, paving the way for potential future post-punk exploits.

 

Fast forward two years and the band have released their self titled debut album. The buzz surrounding the Yorkshire natives has steadily grown during this time, with relentless touring and support from a new label culminating in this increased interest. This means that a certain air of anticipation and expectancy surrounds the album, factors that Eagulls seemingly took no notice of when compiling this blistering debut.

 

The one-two punch of Nerve Endings  and Hollow Visions kick off the album in anxiously frenetic fashion. Nerve Endings exists as a document of distress, with Mitchell's damning refrain of "Nerve endings won't die" going hand in hand with Mark Goldsworthy and Liam Matthews' shredding guitar lines. The heavily distorted helter-skelter riff that drives Possessed is also a moment to behold, with the band recently airing the song on their television debut on the Letterman show.

 

Eagulls also manage to excel on the poppier exceptions on the album, most prominently on Tough Luck  with Mitchell's urgent delivery of "Touch wood, tough luck" cleverly juxtaposing the hooky guitars that feature throughout. Eagulls' main swansong on their debut, however, is the brooding closer Soulless Youth  which encompasses every inch of spite and bile that clouds the album. From the eerie countdown that ignites proceedings through to Mitchell's incessant cries of "The soulless youth", it's a fitting curtain call to an album that serves as a bleak portrait of personal conflict and begrudged British culture. Truly scintillating stuff.

 

 

 


 

 

QUICK ALBUM FACTS

 

 

Primary Genre: Post-Punk

 

Secondary Genre: Punk


Release Date: 2014

 

Label: Partisan Records

 

Like This and you'll Probably Also Like: Iceage, Cheatahs, TRAAMS

 

Album Highlights: Soulless Youth, Nerve Endings, Hollow Visions, Possessed

 

 


 

 

 

 Eagulls - Nerve Endings

 


 

 

 Eagulls - Tough Luck

 


 

 

 Eagulls - Possessed

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