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Seagulls - Dear John Letter - Gray Vinyl (/100)

Debt Offensive (2018)

I write about judging a book by it's cover from time to time when I talk about a record that I’ve been sent to review. Often I’m not exactly perfect in what I thought it would sound like, but I usually have a feeling that I won’t like something. This Seagulls 7" is the same thing in the opposite direction. I took one look at this and thought it seemed like the sort of thing No Idea would have put out around 2008. I'm happy to report that I can stand by that prediction and can also validate that the two songs on this 7" can hang with anything released by No Idea around that time.

The comparison that comes to mind most easily when I listen to the A side "Dear John Letter" is Iron Chic. There is a similarity in the way the vocals are structured with a perfectly placed anthemic chorus. The guitars and drums create a dynamic foundation to build up the chorus with creative riffs, fills and breakdowns.

B side "Foot Meet Mouth" is a bit faster and more straightforward. It certainly succeeds in being a powerful whirlwind of impassioned chaos, but I personally prefer the way "Dear John Letter" plays out. It's a bit slower and has more interesting things going on. That said, both songs are a really solid introduction to a band I hadn't heard of previously and it's worth checking out if you like your punk rock nice and loud with vocals that sound like Transformers.

Seagulls - Dear John Letter 7":
https://debtoffensiverecords.bandcamp.com/album/dear-john-letter-b-w-foot-meet-mouth