Have you ever heard something so different or refreshing that you legitimately had problems describing it? Or maybe something that is original yet sounds so familiar all at the same time? If you have answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then you may have just listened to Eagulls’ self-titled release. Last week saw their first full-length album drop, and it is surprisingly difficult to put into words how good it is.
Four years after the band’s conception, Eagulls, from Leeds, England, has finally released a full-length album. Their distortion-filled music is infectious, with angst and anger to spare. The album begins with “Nerve Endings,” and, as the opening track, it is perfect. The drum beat drives the song while the guitars keep its energy up, and it does not stop there. The next track, “Hollow Visions,” keeps the vigor flowing with the same intense instrumentals. The songs never feel, nor do they ever get, old even after subsequent listens.
What is most enjoyable about this album, and the band, is that while they sound new, they feel familiar; they are a new band with an old soul. The sound they possess is reminiscent of bands that came before them. The entire album is overflowing with the same grade of petrol (because they are from England, after all) that kept bands like The Ramones and the Dead Kennedys, and too many other bands to name, filled with piss and vinegar.
The Eagulls’ notoriety on this side of the pond may not be as vast as it is in their own country, though that may be changing. With the release of this album, and their previous performance on the “Late Show with David Letterman” back in January (performing “Possessed”), things may be looking up for this band of Brits.
Eagulls ‘Eagulls’ Rating: W W W W V