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EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s nothing quite like British postpunk anger, and the Leeds-based twentysomethings in Eagulls—who rail against their perennially grey skies and drudging nine-to-five existence—provide both a voice and an escape for young people everywhere. Elements of Killing Joke (whom they’ve covered in the past), Joy Division, The Clash, Gang of Four, and countless British bands flow through their agitated veins. Their 2013 U.K. single “Nerve Endings”—now the opening track on their self-titled debut album—finds frontman George Mitchell in full mental freakout, noting his self-loathing is “growing worse each day and night.” The band join him like an angry gang supporting one of its own on tracks such as “Tough Luck” and “Amber Veins,” where the outrage spreads to drugs leading to birth defects and heroin addicts. Of course, figuring out the source of the band’s disgust takes patience or serious research. The accents are thick; this adds to the raw, brittle attack. In truth, it’s reaffirming to hear a band more interested in expressing their frustrations than finding ways to make nice.

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s nothing quite like British postpunk anger, and the Leeds-based twentysomethings in Eagulls—who rail against their perennially grey skies and drudging nine-to-five existence—provide both a voice and an escape for young people everywhere. Elements of Killing Joke (whom they’ve covered in the past), Joy Division, The Clash, Gang of Four, and countless British bands flow through their agitated veins. Their 2013 U.K. single “Nerve Endings”—now the opening track on their self-titled debut album—finds frontman George Mitchell in full mental freakout, noting his self-loathing is “growing worse each day and night.” The band join him like an angry gang supporting one of its own on tracks such as “Tough Luck” and “Amber Veins,” where the outrage spreads to drugs leading to birth defects and heroin addicts. Of course, figuring out the source of the band’s disgust takes patience or serious research. The accents are thick; this adds to the raw, brittle attack. In truth, it’s reaffirming to hear a band more interested in expressing their frustrations than finding ways to make nice.

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About Eagulls

Beginning as a swaggering, punk-inspired outfit, Leeds' Eagulls were formed in 2010 by guitarist Mark Goldsworthy and drummer Henry Ruddel. The lineup was completed shortly thereafter with the addition of bassist Tom Kelly and second guitarist Liam Matthews; the final piece of the puzzle was the distinct vocals of George Mitchell. They moved rapidly through the Leeds music scene, winning plaudits and fans with their unapologetic, chaotic brand of guitar-driven music, and in early 2011 they released their 7" single "Council Flat Blues" through Not Even Records. They continued their rapid ascent with shows supporting the likes of Fucked Up, Iceage, and Hot Snakes in 2012 and eventually signed with Partisan Records. They toured Europe the following year and were invited to industry showcases SXSW in Texas and New York's CMJ. Eagulls, which the band recorded with producer Matt Leeds, arrived in March 2014. For their next album, Eagulls focused on their melodic side and took inspiration from the Cocteau Twins and the Cure. Recorded in a converted church, Ullages arrived in May 2016. ~ Scott Kerr

  • ORIGIN
    Leeds, England
  • FORMED
    2010

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