A sweet CMJ bill feat. the return of Yuck sans Daniel, Leeds band Eagulls & Chicago-born Beal
CMJ 2013: Yuck, Eagulls, Willis Earl Beal, Absolutely FreeMercury Lounge (217 East Houston Street, New York, NY) Map it $15
Yuck = Max Bloom + Mariko Doi + Jonny Rogoff
Brash and opinionated, short and sharp, fast and furious, Leeds punk five piece Eagulls are the missing link in your record collection between post-punk and slacker rock, and every bit as essential as that description may sound.
Formed two years ago by Mark Goldsworthy and drummer Henry Ruddel, the lineup was completed by Liam Matthews on guitar, Tom Kelly on bass and George Mitchell on vocals, the band caused a splash from the off with their debut single on Not Even Records, the fuzzy, densely sprawling epic “Council Flat Blues”.
After slowly but surely building up a cult of ardent admirers via raucous shows and sold out EP releases, Eagulls have now signed to Partisan and are finally getting ready to release their much anticipated debut album.
The concise, concentrated blast of “Nerve Endings” is the opening salvo in the next exciting chapter of their career, as much a ringing, urgent pop song with jagged hooks and serrated vocals as it is a cavernous, roaring statement of intent. Mark our words – the debut album –expected in 2014 – is going to be utterly unmissable.
Willis Earl Beal
Willis Earl Beal’s debut album Acousmatic Sorcery was released by Hot Charity / XL Recordings on April 2nd 2012. The album’s 11 songs are taken from a series of recordings Beal made while living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He arrived there without a plan or enough money to live off and began singing warm, visceral and moving tunes to help him cope while sleeping rough. He spent the days drawing and printing up flyers, distributing them all over his new city. Eventually Beal found work as a night porter at a motel. It was during the late-night shifts that the 27-year-old musician from the south side of Chicago taught himself to make music.
poly-rythmic berbere stew swung from an H beam knit in a sauerkraut sweatshirt with a constellation map silkscreened over it.