The marketing machine for 2014 releases is in full motion, as this week’s countdown in heavy on teases for next year’s biggest first-quarter releases. Among them is a comeback single for a UK pop star, a numbingly good Tears for Fear cover, and a deeply personal song from Laura Jane Grace and Against Me! It’s one of the last MP3s countdowns of the year, and also one of the most entertaining.
10. Eagulls – “Tough Luck”
Here’s the headbanger of the week. Distorted coating and anthemic guitar riffs swirl through every nasty verse of “Tough Luck”, the latest reveal from Eagulls’ upcoming debut LP. What pulls the song into high gear is the band’s contagious unity, allowing the chorus to sore along with a pack of fists in the air. Eagulls is due March 4th via Partisan Records. –Sam Willett