SEAGULLS: “Dear John Letter” b/w “Foot, Meet Mouth”: 7”

Precise, fast, and anthemic, this most excellent Seagulls 7” reminds me of why I first started listening to punk back in the day. Striking a skillful balance of familiar and fresh, the Atlanta-based quartet breathes new life into the hardcore / punk traditions. The singer’s gruff vox and the drummer’s frenetic, breakneck playing sound like if Fucked Up and Propagandhi formed a supergroup. I hope these guys play Denton, Texas soon, ’cause I’ve been itching to see a righteous true-blue punk show. Maybe if I book them, they will come? Fingers crossed. -Simone Carter (Debt Offensive, debtoffensiverecs.bigcartel.com)