ARTIST NAME: Gulls
SONG TITLE: Shop
RELEASE DATE: 19 April 2019
Brighton trio Gulls’ #punkrockpoempop sounds like Sleaford Mods and Bikini Kill in a high-speed collision on the bumper cars.
Stripped back riffs meet sweet beats; all with a message running through them. This is a whole new kind of Brighton Rock.
Gulls filter their fury at local and global injustice through the prism of their seaside home.
These songs want you seething and seduced.
Rhi Kavok: Punk Poet
Boe Higgs: Guitar and Vox
Tell us your names, country of birth, and childhood experience.
Rhi, Boe, and Hicks. We were all born in the UK. Rhi and Boe grew up in a little seaside town on the south coast of England called Seaford. Hicks grew up near Wokingham.
Rhi and Boe became friends at school and always dreamed of forming a band but Rhi moved away to London for a while. As soon as Rhi came home, Gulls was born.
State your academic qualification.
We all have degrees: Boe and Hicks in music. Rhi’s in politics.
Elaborate on your music career, band name, experience, and skills.
Gulls got going at the start of 2017. We’re named Gulls because we’re from the seaside and the sound of Gulls is synonymous with home. Also, Seagulls are punks: they’re antagonistic and have their own brand of justice.
Tell us your genre and idea behind your music video or song.
We call our genre #punkrockpoempop because we’re mixing spoken word influences with spiky riffs and beats.
The latest single, SHOP, is about how angry we are about libraries, refuges, and venues closing, up and down the country, while chain-stores open in order to sell people pointless shit.
We absolutely put the blame for this at the current government’s door.
Tell us how to run a record label based on your experience as an artist.
Promote music so that as many people get to hear it as possible.
Tell us how you are promoting your music.
We’ve contacted various blogs, channels, radio stations. We use social media as much as we can. We’ve sent our EPK out to numerous organizations, for this particular release.
Share your press release and reviews with us.
SHOP is a clarion call to resist those who close libraries and open chain-stores.
“Young women telling it like it is with righteous anger and noisy guitars”
– Melita Dennett, Radio Reverb/BBC Introducing South
“As someone who’s lived by the sea their entire life, I’m more than a touch familiar with the keening scream of the rats from the sky, also known as gulls. Safe to say, Brighton’s self-described “punk- rock-poem-pop” trio Gulls are a lot more palatable, and considerably more welcome.
Flaws joins the wave of feminist, anti-establishment punk having a resurgence in the wake of the #MeToo and third-wave feminism movements, and makes its own considerable mark.
Punk poet Rhi Kavok’s unfettered war cry perfectly slips between a mocking yelp and a commanding punk vocal which drives the points home, while Boe H on guitar and Hicks on drums succeed in creating some Yeah Yeah Yeahs level instrumentals. Packs a punch this one.”
– Sarah Gosling – Fresh On The Net
Explain the story behind the song.
Libraries are being shut down because councils are starved of money through the government’s failed austerity experiment. Everyone loses out when libraries are shut down. There’s a blog on our website about why it’s important to us.
List the radio stations, television stations, and blogs that have aired or featured your new song.
BBC Introducing the South
Words for Music
Plugged in Brighton
We Love That Sound.
State the names of other members of your band, music producer, crew, or music video director.
Rhi Kavok, Boe Higgs, Hicks
Producer: James Gasson.
Tell us how long you have been in the music business, your experience, and your future goal.
We’ve all been in other bands before this one but this one’s definitely the best and our future goal is to have lots more people hear our music; to play bigger and better shows and we’d love to take Gulls on the road to play to audiences further afield.
Tell us what makes you unique from others.
The combination of poetry and punk. We say we’re a bit like Brighton Rock in that we’re hard and sweet but there’s a message running through everything we create.
Tell us your weakness and strength pertaining to music.
Our strength is that we have diverse likes and styles which work well together.
Our weakness is that we all have jobs and can’t practice as often as we’d like to.
List your five favorite songs including the artists.
You’re getting Rhi’s because I’m the one doing the interview so apologies to Boe and Hicks but…
Gulls – SHOP
Anti-Flag – The Press Corpse
Bikini Kill – Rebel Girl
Pennywise – Fuck Authority
Gulls – Flaws.
Tell us your position on “Do It Yourself” and signing to a major label.
What matters is that the people connected to the music put energy into its promotion; whether that’s the band members or others.
Tell us other activities you are pursuing apart from music.
Rhi writes poetry. Boe is an incredible artist doing glass etchings inspired by nautical life. Hicks just became a Dad!
List your various works.
EP ‘Weaponise Authenticity’ out autumn 2019.
State the official date of release.
Single SHOP released 19 April 2019.
State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.
When we were trying to decide on a name, Boe and I went for a pint to discuss things. It was the early days of summer so we sat outside as the evening was just warm enough to. We discussed that we wanted a name that referenced the seaside home that is so important to who we are and what we do.
The moment we discussed the name ‘Gulls’, that second; every Gull in the vicinity went mental. It was this cacophony of agreement from the seagulls.
We sat wide-eyed looking at each other and then burst out laughing. We couldn’t believe we’d been given such an unequivocal confirmation from nature that our band was called Gulls.
State the title of the song and the meaning.
SHOP talks about the closure of libraries and other important infrastructure like refuges and parks that are places of safety for people from all walks of life.
These places are closing down at a terrifying rate because the Tories are starving councils of cash and thus the means to keep them open.
Meanwhile, out-of-town shopping centers seem to be popping up; these places cause high-streets to become ghost towns as people are seduced away from independent shops and encouraged to go on brand safaris, often lining the pockets of owners who avoid paying tax which perpetuates the danger and damage we all experience locally.