#20 Album of 2014, Eagulls by Eagulls / by Rollie Agado

Theres's something incredibly rewarding about connecting with a record the very instant you listen to the opening notes of the first track.  I find myself lowering my guard, easing back and eagerly await each track to give me the same rewarding high I got from the opening note.

I don't know why I'm so drawn to musical artists that frequent in bleak/loud musical landscapes... the Eagulls specifically peddle in this area and I find their sound to be equally refreshing and rewarding.

They remind me a little bit A Place to Bury Strangers and they remind me a lot of early efforts by the Cure.  I sometimes find myself reimagining songs like Primary off the album Faith and hear those songs play back a louder/faster/angrier in my head.

With the seasons finally changing here in Central Texas, I find myself revisiting this record with greater frequency.   I had an opportunity to catch the Eagulls in Austin, earlier this year but I couldn't attend because I was away on an assignment.  My friend Donald attended and raved about the performance...  it's possibly my biggest "live music" regret of the year.

Recommended tracks:  You may find their sound a little samey-samey...  and while the album suffers from "range", it's brutally blunt and will likely win you over when the sky's get grey and you're feeling down.  

Artist: Eagulls
Produced: Eagulls & Matt Peel
Recorded: Cottage Road Studios Leeds
Label: Partisan Records