THE FUCKING EAGLES - A MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF MUSIC
"This Tacoma band's debut album is a sweat-soaked dance party of old school garage-rock injected with high-energy R&B in ways reminiscent of modern-day rockers like the Hives and the Oblivians, not to mention a variety of more vintage sources including Mitch Ryder, the Human Beinz and hometown heroes the Sonics. The songs are split evenly between covers and originals, but whether they're digging up old soul chestnuts from Gino Washington and Sir Mack Rice or tearing into one of their own catchy originals, they bring a feral intensity and unbridled enthusiasm that's utterly refreshing." - Don Yates, Program Director KEXP Seattle
"Though their name possibly stems from a hate-filled music review in The Big Lebowski, these Tacoma, Washington rockers are anything but slackers. Their studio full-length debut, ‘A Million Dollars Worth of Music’, produced by Johnny Sangster (Mudhoney, The Briefs, The Makers, Murder City Devils), was issued via local label Gaptooth Jukebox earlier this year.
The Fucking Eagles are bad boys with hearts of gold, flip-flopping between rowdy and righteous. Often compared to the now-defunct Oblivians, the raucous quartet is a distinct breed, employing strutting lyrical antics and infectious, lo-fi guitar chords. Album opener "Baby I'm Coming Home" promises loyalty with unwavering drumming and classic Little Richard-like howling to solidify singer Atkins' case. The instant foot-stomper "He Won't Love You Like I'll Leave You" includes a ballsy anthemic hook not suitable for print while "Out of This World" returns to the wholesome side with a 1960s surf guitar riff and catchy punk rock sing-along vocals." - Emily Youssef, SPIN
"THE BEST OF 2007 ~ KEXP's JOHN RICHARDS' LOCAL STANDOUTS OF 2007:
Blue Scholars – Bayani, The Valley - The Valley, The Blakes - The Blakes, The Cave Singers - Invitation Songs, Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank, Das Llamas - World War, Arthur & Yu - In Camera, Pleasureboaters – Gross, Feral Children - Second To The Last, The Fucking Eagles - A Million Dollars Worth Of Music" - John Richards KEXP Seattle / Seattle Sound Magazine, January 2008
"Rowdy garage rock throwbacks the Fucking Eagles put on one hell of a show - gritty, sweaty, often profane dance-punk infused with Detroit-style soul and the occasional unabashed Etta James or Gino Washington cover thrown in. With a distinctly lo-fi sound and an unrivaled swagger, these Tacoma boys have taken the Seattle scene by storm over the last year and a half." - Seattle Sound Magazine, Febuary 2008
"Besides having the greatest band name of all time, the Fucking Eagles are Tacoma boys from way back...The band’s lineage has included former members of Tacoma bred grunge-era rockers Seaweed, but the new millenium requires a greasier approach. The Fucking Eagles take inspiration from crude Detroit-style R&B and cruder Memphis-style garage punk, with a blunt savagery that only experience and alcohol can provide." - Fred Beldin, Seattle Sound Magazine / Bob Seger Liberation Army
"These guys should change their name from ’The Fucking Eagles’ to ’The Fucking Awesome’. They went on first last night, and it was one of those rare occasions where I was in "jaded scenester" mode, ready to suffer through the opening band I’ve never heard of in order to get to what I’m there for, and was not only impressed, but completely blown away. They stole the show from The Tripwires and Girl Trouble - no easy feat. GREAT energy, very easy to watch, and the drummer is a maniac. They remind me of the Statics at their prime, and also conjure up images of the Drags, or maybe the Fall-Outs with more distortion." - Puget Sound Live Music, June 2007
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"Goddamn, the Fucking Eagles do that whole jangly garage-rock thing right: raucous and loud, spirited and sweaty. The guitars are messy, the bass is heavy, the keyboards keep the dance vibe strong, and John O’s vocals drip with attitude and swagger." - The Stranger, August 2007
“Theirs was a rousing set of greaser-surfer-garage rock, and I’m looking forward to using a kiosk that doesn’t block Google searches with the word "fuck" in them, so that I might better give credit to TFE’s outstanding drummer. You ever hear someone compare a drummer to Animal from the Muppets? They need to be kicked in the mouth and put in front of this drummer. Yow." - Sam Machkovech, The Stranger, September 2007
“The Fucking Eagles went on first. To be honest, they were the real reason we went to this show. I saw TFE’s a few weeks ago at the Jules Mae’s and they just rocked rocked rocked me. I was glad to be able to see them again. They have the craziest and absolute best drummer I’ve ever seen. I don’t normally pay all that much attention to drummers, but with this guy, it’s impossible to not be drawn in by his energy. It’s as though he’s missing a few of his top vertebrae, the way his head spins around. I don’t know how he managed to simultaneously stay on beat and on his chair. He’s amazing. His drumsticks move so fast that they look like those fiber optic wands that dumb people buy during street fairs. He’s always definitely worth a watch.” - Seattle Post Intelligencer, November 2007
"I love the Fucking Eagles. This is not an endorsement of a twisted Don Henley project, but a recommendation for a new Tacoma band…Sounding like a more abrasive and chaotic version of Reigning Sound’s garage-soul punk and operating with enough petulant attitude to erase Tacoma’s reputation as a musicians’ wasteland.” - Hannah Levin, The Stranger, March 2007
"Speaking of music on the margins, it’s a safe bet that any band called the Fucking Eagles isn’t going to find itself in heavy rotation on mainstream radio anytime soon, but that’s not stopping me and almost every other DJ at KEXP from falling in love with the group’s Oblivians-influenced sound and playing it as often as we can." - Hannah Levin, Seattle Weekly / KEXP dj, April 2007
"The Fucking Eagles rock the way that anyone who uses the f-word as an adjective in their name should. Unpretentious, with loud guitar parts and choruses you want to sing along and drink cheap beer to. One of the best rock bands in the Northwest (they call Tacoma home), they are always one of the most consistent and entertaining rock bands around and never fail to deliver an excellent set." - Chris Burlingame, Three Imaginary Girls
"The Fucking Eagles also blew me away with a crazy blues and soul influenced mix of rock ’n’ roll. The sound is a throwback to the 60s when rock and soul were much closer then the two genres are now. The music just has a certain groove that gets into people and can’t help but rock out. The Fucking Eagles are fucking great." - Disheveled Magazine, September 2007
"The Fucking Eagles are the niftiest fake band of the half-moment. A mutantry of contentious quality that proffer the new old-timey, but with no coherent thrill line. Posing interlopers, hack-happy chancers. Self-aware maladroits ghost-smithing varied scraps and hooks yoinked from a dusty American R&R narrative to scratch out a shameless howl & dumb wholly steeped in barren third-world city sophisticrap affectations.
Starting as the unfunniest of jokes in 2005 in the arsenic drenched, barren landscapes and history-heavy bar back-rooms of industrial old town Tacoma, Warshington and imbibed on shared no-lifetimes of toxic smelter air and Rosalie ghost stories, the quattro seek to serve up all that smoky sweet raw-packed haunted-city ware in loud, can't danceable, junk soul form.
Never mind the caustic name and the faux-tough aire. Ragged good-timey frug & shug is the totem - cooing with the excellently bedheaded masses to unfold arms, unfurrow brows, get on the feets and fuck out loud rite along with as they lame their place in rock'n'roll non-history. The soul-full-of-it and the soul-less, the doo wop and the doo wrong, Brill Building tenant discards, and all manner of clunky rhythm'n lose not-so-originals and shoulda-beens/sorta-weres from a mutant cadre of inspirators: Gino Washington, Kitty Love, Oblivians, The Syndicate, Bobby Long, Chuck Willis, Flat Duo Jets and more we won't implicate here - all now unwilling recipients of an expertless musical mistreatment and stuffed into the mercilessly contrived and ineptly fuckocted Fucklets' repeturd." - Gaptooth Jukebox Records, 2005
“Get there early because the opening acts are pretty amazing in their own right. Tacoma’s Fucking Eagles carry on that loud, raw R&B/garage sound in the tradition of T-Town greats The Sonics and Girl Trouble and like Roy Loney they give each performance everything they’ve got.” - Seattle Power Pop, May 2008
"Jeffrey 'The Dude' Lebowski hate the fucking Eagles. But the Dude would abide these Fucking Eagles. The band blends old-school punk with classic rock for a playfully aggressive sound that's interlaced with surf, blues, gospel, and, well, pretty much everything. The emphasis here is on full-group call and response, creating a rowdiness contagious to anyone with earshot." - AP Kryza, Willamette Week
“The Fucking Eagles, though, are not "that type" of band ("that type" being a jokey band that has seen the classic stoner film a few too many times). They are a throwback from a time when rock and roll predated the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. They clearly love Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, and Big Mama Thornton. With their rockabilly, rhythm and blues, and good old-fashioned rock and roll sound, they would not be out of place on stage in a honky-tonk bar dodging beer bottles 50 years ago. The band, a four-piece ensemble from Tacoma, took the stage with the traditional setup and played to a nearly packed Sky Church for about 35 minutes. The set was enormously entertaining, and certainly one of my highlights of Bumbershoot. One reveler summed it up best by exclaiming to his significant other on the way to the exit that he was "a new fucking fan of the Fucking Eagles"." - Three Imaginary Girls: Bumbershoot 2007 Live Reviews
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“There are a few bands in this town that I always keep my eye on. Whenever I see their name, I know the show’s worth paying attention to. The Fucking Eagles are one of those bands. Face it. The Fucking Eagles rule. Not only do they have “fucking” right in their band name (which just screams dangerous, doesn’t it?), but their grimy garage rock meets maximum R&B could be the soundtrack to our city. The Fucking Eagles always put together killer lineups, too. When you see the band scheduled to rock, you know the whole night will be good. The Fucking Eagles, Roy Loney and the Longshots, and The Tripwires will play Bob’s Java Jive this Saturday. It’ll be one of the best shows this week. Hands down.” - Matt Driscoll, Weekly Volcano
"The Fucking Eagles suck. Friend of mine got their album and I listened to it, half of it is bad covers of good songs. From what I hear they're young so if they have good taste I guess they have a shot at not sucking in the future." - John Smith, http://smithbellcraft.com - 3/3/08
"The Fucking Eagles are a spin off from Seaweed? Man, I didn't know that. Seaweed treated me like dogshit on a project I worked on for them. It was a HORRIBLE experience. They actually left messages on my phone calling me names. Their production artist re-designed a cover I did for them and it turned out lousy. They wanted their money back. Their response was to blame me for their guy's incompetence. I played that tape for friends for a long time as proof as my experience with them. Man, I didn't know. I don't think I'll be bothering with the Fucking Eagles, now." - Art Chantry, www.artchantry.com - 3/3/08
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