Eagulls are a British punk rock band that recall their 1970s predecessors and have no concept of the irony of their name on American soil. They’re raw. They’re garage. They’re the Sex Pistols in 2014 and everything that was good about rebellious punk rock music. And they have one of the best records of 2014, their self-titled, full-length debut.
Lead vocalist George Mitchell and guitarist Mark Goldsworthy spoke to Weld about the debut, their influences and the name before their arrival at Bottletree Cafe on May 17.
Weld: Why did you wait four years after the initial release for the formal debut?
George Mitchell: It was a mixture of things, really. In 2010, when we started, we were working lots and playing gigs and we had to pay the bills. But by doing that, we’ve been able to learn a lot about who we are and put time into creating the best record possible.
Weld: Was the band name deliberately an allusion to the 1970s band from America?
GM: It was purely coincidental. It was an in-joke that turned into something else.
Weld: What was the joke?
GM: It goes on too long.
Weld: What has your reception been like in America?
GM: This is our first tour — we’re doing a six week tour. But people have really enjoyed the album from what we gather. We’re looking forward to playing in a lot of new places.
Weld: You played South by Southwest — what was that experience like?
GM: It was interesting. It was fast-paced. It was hectic. We did 10 shows in four days. It was very energy sopping, but very rewarding.
Weld: Your sound recalls British punk rock of old. Is that a theme in the current scene or is that movement you’re leading?
GM: I wouldn’t say it’s a movement we’re leading or anything; it’s the musical output we have when we play together. It’s what comes out.
Weld: But I assume those bands influenced you?
GM: Yeah, the early U.K. punk sort of music.
Weld: When you were younger, how did you discover that music? How did American punk rock penetrate the U.K.?
Mark Goldsworthy: When we were growing up, there were bands — you’d see a t-shirt and find a band and you’d hear that and find another band. When I was growing up, I wouldn’t say it was a big distinction (between American and U.K. bands). You’d see a shirt or someone mention another band and you started listening to it and enjoyed it.
Weld: Who are the top five American rock bands of all time?
GM: Oh wow.
Weld: I know. You guys have most of them.
GM: Well, you’ve got a few. It’s hard to say. I’d say Neil Young, but he’s Canadian.
Weld: Most people here include Neil Young, so I’ll allow it.
MG: Black Flag.
GM: Yeah, I’m not sure I can do more.
Weld: I’ll take it.
Eagulls will perform at Bottletree Cafe on May 17. Twin Peaks will open. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show begins at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10.