‘We’ve always been into truth and honesty in art’

Eagulls
Eagulls
Victor Ariat

Smooth sailing for Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at Portsmouth Guildhall

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On Eagulls’ Wikipedia page, the first thing it states is: ‘Not to be confused with the American band The Eagles.’

For anyone who has actually heard the Leeds five-piece’s scabrous self-titled debut album, it’s not a mistake you’re likely to make.

Lyrically and musically dark, it has nonetheless seen them receive great acclaim, with a series of high-profile support slots with Franz Ferdinand, Suede and The Manic Street Preachers. And their clip for Nerve Endings won best video at this year’s NME Awards.

When asked about the Wikipedia comment though, unimpressed frontman George Mitchell told The Guide: ‘I think I might have to go on there and change it. Last time I read it, it made me feel pretty sick.’

Rarely off the road in 2014, they’re playing at Lennons in Southampton on Wednesday, October 15, as part of a lengthy UK tour. But playing live appears to be what helps keep them sane: ‘It’s a cathartic sort of thing – it just happens. We just sort of switch off and turn into live mode and have 45 minutes of catharsis on stage.’

While sometimes categorised as post-punk, it’s a tag the band reject, as George explains: ‘I’m influenced by life around me, and what’s going on. Its not like I think I’ll write a song like this band. Obviously every band takes things subconsciously from other people and then it becomes their own.’

‘We try and keep our status as normal people, we don’t see ourselves as rock stars – no-one should. It shouldn’t be your persona, it should be what you’re creating. You look back at artists, and some of the best kept themselves to themselves and did their work.

‘We’ve always been into truth and honesty in art.’

And with the band already working towards album number two, they may be dropping some new songs into this tour.

Doors open 8pm, tickets cost £6. Go to seetickets.com