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Video Clip of The Week: Eagulls, “Skipping”



It’s always fun to have a favorite band return for an encore appearance, and today we are featuring a brand new clip from Leeds UK-based badasses, Eagulls, who made their first appearance here in the Video Clip of The Week way back in January of 2014! It literally seems like just yesterday, because we have no sense of the passage of time!

Aurally, Eagulls still embrace all of the very best and most menacing components of vintage Cure (circa Boys Don’t Cry, Seventeen Seconds and Faith), when the latter were primarily a favorite band of College Radio nerds, sad Goths, and people with a self-harm fetish (just being serious). The lyrics for “Skipping” are loaded with sharp metaphors, comparing the pitfalls of vinyl record ownership to existential issues, evident in lyrics like, “All I ever wanted was an answer / But all I ever got was just a broken record skipping.” If I have to explain what that means, I don’t want to know you.

Speaking about the equally enigmatic video, director Matthew Michael John Tully (so many names!) said: “The concept evolved into the idea of working around a central character that exists in an environment that has been fabricated solely to fulfill an almost ritualistic act in an isolated space, distant from everyday reality and routine. I liked the idea of the act being fetish like in its portrayal, communicating the feeling that the character was using it as a form of private escapism, a premeditated means of release, disconnected from any day to day role and, of course, [depicting] monotony.” Wow! Sounds like a great, twisted plot for an indie horror film!

“Skipping” comes from the group’s latest release, Ullages, which is due out on May 13th, 2016 on Partisan Records. US-based fans can check out Eagulls on tour starting in May (see dates below the photo). Enjoy!

Eagulls Band

US Tour Dates

5/9 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
6/10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
6/11 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
6/13 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
6/14 – Pontiac, MI @ The Pike Room
6/15 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement
6/16 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
6/17 – Davenport, IA @ Daytrotter
6/18 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
6/20 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
6/21 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
6/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teregram Ballroom
6/25 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill

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Video Clip of The Week: Ex-Cult, “Clinical Study”



I understand that Memphis-based Ex-Cult were once called Sex Cult, but received some kind of cease and desist order from a New York label with that name, so had to change the band’s moniker to Ex-Cult. It all worked out for the best, I think. Ex-Cult is a much better name anyway, as Sex Cult just sounds like you are trying too hard. And that is never good.

Anyway “Clinical Study” is a fantastic song served perfectly by a very understated video accompaniment. No bells and whistles needed, just a super-tight delivery that is inherently menacing but still melodic — maybe a little bit like Eagulls with frenetic, Buzzocks-y guitars. Singer Chris Shaw, strikes a charismatic figure on stage and reminds me in equal parts of Ian Curtis and The Fall’s Mark E. Smith. At just 2 minutes 14 seconds, this (mostly) black and white performance video tells you all you need to know. I bet these guys are amazing live. RIYL: Black Flag, Joy Division, The Fall. Enjoy!

Ex Cult Cover Art

Video Clip of the Week: Eagulls, “Tough Luck”



Hello and welcome to the first entry in a full year of Worleygig.com’s Video Clip of the Week. It’s good to be back! This week we have a hard-to-top clip from Leeds UK-based Eagulls for the amazing song, “Tough Luck” — which I am am already in love with. Visually, we have live performance footage of the band diffused with a mix of black and white animation that includes images of biological cell division! Intriguing! Full of chiming guitars, driving drums and completely unintelligible lyrical delivery, “Tough Luck” manages to be both dark and exhilarating at the same time; not unlike Killing Joke crossed with Echo and The Bunnymen (comparisons to The Cure and Joy Division have been made elsewhere, so I know I’m not offtrack with that observation. Certainly, The Cure’s “Jumping Someone Else’s Train” springs immediately to mind). Without giving away the “surprise,” Eagulls‘ frontman, George Mitchell reveals that the song portrays “the gamble of trusting in something without knowing the true consequences.” This band is fucking awesome. Eagull’s self-titled debut album is due for release on March 4th, 2014 via Partisan Records, so watch out for that. In the meantime, Enjoy!

Eagulls Album Cover