It has been steady progress for Eagulls. 2012’s eponymous EP, coupled with debut single, ‘Council Flat Blues’, began to develop this five-piece’s reputation. However, it is only now that Eagulls are beginning to break through, largely as a result of the stunning ‘Nerve Endings’, their thrilling new single. With plans for an album release in early 2014, things are starting to take off for a band that deserve it more than anybody else.
Nottingham-based Guilty Parents kicked things off with their energetic hardcore punk. Being a trendy twosome, Guilty Parents run the risk of the standard comparisons to well-known duos, The White Stripes or The Black Keys. Fortunately, they sound like neither, flying through a half hour set that touches on everything from original punk, through to American hardcore and then emerging on scuzzy garage rock. A name to watch out for.
Eagulls then take to the stage to the slight surprise of those still indulging at the downstairs bar. Impact missed nothing, however, and what a relief that was, as Eagulls are as superb as ever. The aforementioned ‘Nerve Endings’ shows a potentially darker side to the band, ‘Moulting’ is as raucous as punk gets, while final song (and mini-encore), ‘Council Flat Blues’ is perfectly politically spot-on. Add a small moshpit into the equation and you have yourself a very fine punk gig, indeed.
Chameleon was as eccentric as ever. Cans of Sainte Etienne placed next to a barrel of pear cider; lax timekeeping and good sound all contribute to making Chameleon one of the most charming venues in the Midlands, nevermind Nottingham. A superb night of music, with hopefully many more to come.
…Alex is listening to The Walkmen – ‘Emma, Get Me A Lemon’…