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Eagulls are a rare thing, a band that live up to it’s hype. Some of you may not agree, they weren’t an easy sell for me either, at first, but it’s hard to deny Eagulls debut. Not only do they take reference from a much loved period of post-punk’s history but they do the period proud too. More importantly, there’s tunes here. Tunes kids can get behind. Proper hits you can play on Letterman n’ shit.
The singles alone (‘Possessed’, ‘Nerve Endings’ and the outrageously good ‘Tough Luck’) can hold this debut together but there’s plenty more to get your teeth into here. ‘Yellow Eyes’, ‘Opaque’, ‘Amber Veins’ and ‘Footsteps’ are early listen favourites and I ain’t hearing any outright duds. I was wondering what was taking them so long but holding out until you’ve got a solid ten tunes was a smart move, especially with the machine lingering, ready to pounce. If you don’t know the sound just read any other review of the album for references. The Cure - check, The Stranglers - check, Killing Joke - check, Joy Division - check, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Gang Of Four - check...the list goes on. Then you’ve got the passing resemblance to Iceage and Savages, two inferior bands currently doing a similar thing but nowhere near as well.
So, if you can get behind a nice chunky bassline, robust beats and a chorus-heavy guitar this is the band for you. They’re even fronted by a genuine for real poet type. Can’t lose.
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