At the beginning of June, Manchester-based five piece Seegulls released their brand new single ‘Eat, Lazarus, Eat’, a track that is far more fiery than any of their releases to date.
With subject material revolving around that of the struggles of suffering with an eating disorder, ‘Eat, Lazarus, Eat’ is an important piece of music on many levels. As vocalist James Kitchen commented, “I wanted to tackle a subject that is wrongly considered taboo” and that’s exactly what they’ve done.
‘Eat, Lazarus, Eat’ hits you as a fast-paced straight-to-the-point single. The repetitive guitar melody, reminiscent of that of indie favourites The Strokes although with greater depth, underpins the song and plays an essential role in defining Seegulls’ sound. Kitchen’s vocals are loaded with grit and attitude, in a way that we’ve never heard him produce before and his passion for what he’s singing about is evident. The words punch out at you knocking you almost instantly off-balance, as lyrics “loosen your fingers from my throat” force you to consider an uncomfortable and often unspoken reality.
It’s arguably the best recorded material that Seegulls have produced to date and it falls nicely in line with the well-deserved flurry of attention from BBC Radio 1, 2 and 6, as well as milestone support slots with The Sunshine Underground, The Sherlocks and CLAY.
‘Eat, Lazarus, Eat’ is a progressive step in the right direction for Seegulls, a band who have so much more to offer. Do we love Seegulls? Yes, I think we just might.