It’s been four years and relentless gigging since Leeds based Eagulls had their first release via the 2010 cassette EP ‘Songs of Prey’ and they are now releasing their debut self-titled LP today (March 03). Four years is a long time in any currency – some bands would have folded sooner but persistence as paid off for the five-piece, who are now getting some well-deserved recognition from the mainstream.
Eagulls are notorious for their rowdy, chaotic and spontaneous live shows (anyone who saw their intense performance on Letterman last-month will concur) attempting to replicate that on record can be problematic – but the band get their DIY post-punk sentiments across on the LP in no uncertain fashion.
The bass heavy ‘Nerve Endings’ kicks proceedings off and from the opening yelps of frontman George Mitchell’s untrained vocals you know you’ve got an album full of bristling angst awaiting you. ‘Tough Luck’ brings a smidgen on melodic-ness to the table with its hook-heavy chorus that matches anything fellow Yorkshireman Cribs can muster in the punk-pop department.
The reverb drenched ‘Possessed’ and the explosive ‘Opaque’ are the two stand out track’s to take out of the album for us. But with the whole record shrouded in a lo-fi haze that doesn’t budge – it’s likely not everyone is going to fall headfirst for the LP, but if you can wade through the tangible amount of heavy distortion you’ll realise you’ve got one of the most exciting guitar bands of 2014 on your hands!
Eagulls play a show at London’s Electrowerkz on March 5th. Go check them out.
Label – Partisan Records
Release Date – March 02 2014
Rating– ****** (6/10)
Reviewer – Michael Jamison