Chuck Schuldiner Project

Monday, August 22, 2016

Steve 'n' Seagulls - Brothers In Farms

It's weird to me how a band like Steve 'n' Seagulls can blow up. What started as a joke, just some Finnish dudes dressed up as hillbillies performing a cool arrangement of an AC/DC song turned into a major record deal. Their latest offering Brothers In Farms is a lot of fun but faces a lot of the same limitations that the bands previous material has seen. As is, this is a rather enjoyable and wonderfully bouncy record - but even from the first song you have to wonder if the joke has started to become played out.

While I still love a lot of the arrangements, some of the songs feel a bit too long and make the idea seem played out. While I definitely appreciate the musicality and creativity behind the band, the idea doesn't necessarily have that much behind it. Similar artists over the years have counteracted this problem by adding more originals - which Steve 'n' Seagulls have started to do with an excellent original track. I am genuinely excited for the future of this band - Brothers In Farms is an interesting halfway point for the band which hints at exciting new things to come but isn't quite where it needs to be.

Long story short - Steve 'n' Seagulls are a fun listen and when they are on they are great. It's just that for much of the record you find yourself thinking that a shortened version of the songs would do better - just look at how well the cut down version of November Rain paid off! I'm excited to watch this band develop, past a one note joke and into heavy metal history. The amount of talent and passion on display is admirable - it makes me incredibly curious to follow the next steps of these metal masters.

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