The Joup Friday Album: Eagulls


Sometimes you find something so unexpectedly that it adds to the overall impact it makes on you. That’s how I found Eagulls. Mr. Brown has been a lifeline to me recently – I haven’t had the kind of dough I usually do to buy music and Brown has been sending me regular care packages every few months, always loaded with music and movies. One of the discs he sent me recently was Eagulls’ 2014 eponymous debut album. It was burned second on a disc with The Men’s album Tomorrow’s Hits. I knew absolutely nothing about either of these albums when I put the disc in the stereo and hit play. The Men went by in a fascinating march, each song making me wonder more and more about the band. Then all of a sudden the opening howl of feedback from “Nerve Endings” kicked in and A) I knew that the next disc had begun and B) I knew that although I was curious, I didn’t need to know anything else about the band to know I loved them and C) I didn’t even let Eagulls play for more than ten seconds before I pulled that fucker out of the stereo and took it upstairs to put it on the iPod – I knew even if I listened to this album for the rest of the day and well into the night it wasn’t going to be enough and I’d need it in my ear buds the following morning in the lab.

It’s that good.

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I recently put up a post pertaining to this record on my blog where I admitted that although I try to avoid genre tags the one I have come to identify with more and more over the last five or six years is the admittedly pretentious “Post Punk”. I don’t care – in my mind it’s a great tag to segregate and identify the bands and music that came after the initial sound that defined the word “Punk” – itself once a pretentious tag, before the likes of green spay and bulk 186 turned the word into five-year olds’ identifier for the style of Vans he wants his parents to buy for him. Post Punk is the raw, attitude, venom and energy of that initial British punk scene combined with a slightly different way of looking at song structure and composition. And it’s especially relevant today, with bands like Wire and Gang of Four still making awesome, timely records and new groups like Savages and Eagulls really just killing it, expanding the “Post” aesthetic even further. Every song is a masterpiece here and when you get to the end of the final song, Soulless Youth, I pretty much guarantee you’re going to swing back around and listen to it again. And guess what – you definitely should, because this record gets better every time you play it.

Every time.

Don’t take my word for it – listen hear and as usual, if you dig this, go out buy it (I did!).

Chester – you are up my friend!

Shawn C Baker

Shawn C Baker

Shawn lives in Los Angeles where he co-hosts Drinking w/ Comics, writes screenplays and fiction and has been known to drink quite a bit of beer. Good beer.

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