Friday, April 04, 2014

EP Review: 'The Royal We' by Seagulls

Title:  The Royal We (BandCamp, Amazon, iTunes)
Artist:  Seagulls (Official, Facebook, Twitter, BandCamp, ReverbNation)

Atlanta, GA’s Seagulls’ sophomore EP The Royal We is five songs of gravelly vocal, punk rock anthem goodness (six including the bonus track).  These are the kind of catchy songs that bridge that gap between pop punk, street punk, Midwest punk, and the like; in other words they should appeal equally to fans of Teenage Bottlerocket, U.S. Bombs, and Dillinger Four.  Seagulls’ greatest strength is in their ability to craft a great hook and a chorus that pulls you in and dares you to not sing along.  The only song that seems to deviate from this formula is the hardcore-esque “F.F.M.” and while it works as melodic hardcore song (think Hogan’s Heroes, Sick Of It All type of stuff), it doesn’t work as well as the rest of the EP (this just could be a personal preference thing on my part seeing as I’m a sucker for catchy as hell punk rock anthems, which this band excels at).  Overall The Royal We is an excellent EP from a great up and coming band.  This EP is certainly going to make my best of 2014 list and Seagulls is definitely a band that I am going to keep my eyes on.  

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