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