Eagulls / The Old Blue Last
Eagulls left a ringing in Nathan Pounds' ear last week, all in the name of rock'n'roll though...
The Ol' Blue could've done with a few more open windows to aid the movement of heat being pumped up through the dank of preened tashes and cuban heels. Rarely does a free gig come around which ticks so many boxes, and in my opinion this was one of the best London's had to offer in a while.
Officially acting as the bands Sexbeat-released London EP launch, the Leeds based quintet played there own brand of garage induced indie-punk as if they were built from molds, hand-crafted by the Cramps, stapled by the Stooges all whilst camping with Captain Sensible on an adventure suburban survival trip through the Midlands during the early 80's...with conviction, (take from that what you can) and after spontaneous eruptions of two brief cynical circle pits and the close avoidance of bouncer intervention, many a Hipster-on-show grew visibly insecure.
To me, meaning what you say is what carries great music across all genres. Eagulls conviction through to the end built a real sense of audience participation as they stood, delivered, and ploughed through a set of new and not-so-new leaving little time for any reflective pause. No apologies for what was classic in the most original sense of the word, the night's two pronged highlight's 'Coffin Song' and 'Possessed' had a crowd versed in uniform recital of Eagulls latest anthemic offerings since 'Council Flat Blues'.
With a nights sleep still not able to clear the ringing from my ears I can say for certain that real, home grown Indie music is alive and well in the UK thanks to bands like Eagulls and Sauna Youth, the only problem now is getting it back into the charts where it belongs.