The F**king Eagles
Who? Though their name possibly stems from a hate-filled music review in The Big Lebowski, these Tacoma, Washington rockers are anything but slackers. After stints in other groups, John Owen Atkins (vocals/guitar), Stu Linkert (drums), Jesse Ray (guitar/vocals) and Dutch Kelly (bass) banded together in 2005. Their studio full-length debut, A Million Dollars Worth of Music, produced by Johnny Sangster (Mudhoney, The Posies, Murder City Devils), was issued via local label Gaptooth Jukebox earlier this year. Playing Bumbershoot’s EMP | SFM Sky Church stage Sunday (Sept. 2) at 3:30 P.M.
What’s the Deal? 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.
Fun Fact: Frontman/guitarist John Owen Atkins used to perform and record with former Tacoma alt rockers Seaweed. His former bandmate, guitarist Wade Neal also sings and plays organ on A Million Dollars Worth of Music.
Stay tuned to SPIN.com’s coverage of Bumbershoot 2007, which goes down this weekend in Seattle, and watch a video interview with the Fucking Eagles plus snippets of their Bumbershoot set!
Now Hear This:
The Fucking Eagles – “Baby I’m Coming Home” DOWNLOAD MP3
On the Web:
The Fucking Eagles at MySpace
Talk: Do these vintage birds fly high?
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