Mitch Easter-recorded debut arrives July 14. Listen to the new music, below, and view a new video from the record as well.
By Melvin Pena
Hatching fully-formed from the nest of the fecund Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, North Carolina metroplex, See Gulls’ darkly jubilant rock stylings and the gleeful ferocity of their live performances make an immediate impression. Founded in 2013, See Gulls have worked to hone the complex rhythms, shifting time signatures, and cascading harmonies that are their hallmarks. And on the strength of their early demos alone, See Gulls earned the opportunity to cut their debut record, You Can’t See Me, with Mitch Easter (R.E.M., Dinosaur Jr., Ex Hex) at Fidelitorium Recordings in February of 2014. We here at BLURT are pretty damn proud to be able to premiere the EP, due out next week, exclusively for you, the discriminating readership. Check it out:
Some backstory: Almost as soon as their first two songs hit Bandcamp and Soundcloud in April, they began winning supporters and making converts. Legendary rock critic Everett True breathlessly likened them to The Breeders and Throwing Muses, writing that these tantalizing morsels wrought “an overarching physical pain inside of me” at the thought “that there is See Gulls music out there I haven’t yet heard.” Lars Gotrich of NPR’s “All Songs Considered” was sold on “Don’t Write Me Love Songs” from its opening line, touting See Gulls as a must-see at Raleigh’s fifth annual Hopscotch Music Festival.
See Gulls’ sound is difficult to pin down, inviting comparisons that run the gamut from the harmonic pop groups of the early rock era to bleeding-edge ramshackle garage rock. They’ve shared bills with critical darlings and fan favorites from Mac DeMarco and Speedy Ortiz to Ex Hex & Torres.
7/18 at King’s – Raleigh, NC (Release Party)
7/24 NPR’ s The State of Things w/ Frank Stasio – Durham, NC
8/15 WhoDat Festival – Greensboro, NC
9/5 Planned Parenthood Benefit – Chapel Hill, NC
9/10 PotLuck’s Hopscotch Music Festival – Day Party- Raleigh, NC
9/12 Person Street’s Hopscotch Music Festival – Day Party- Raleigh, NC