New England Belongs to Me: The Story of The Hulls
The Hulls are a New Haven, CT. based quartet that play honest, DIY punk rock. Described as “late 70s British style punk” a la The Clash and The Buzzcocks, and “Boston Oi punk” in the vein of Darkbuster, The Explosion, and early Dropkick Murphys, the Hulls create a unique style and energy that simultaneously pays homage to past while keeping their focus on the present and future.
As with any band, the Hulls started out as just four guys who happened to share a love for punk rock and beer. Kevin, who was playing drums in local heroes No Image, the Pink Slips and the Symbionts, wanted to start a new band that presented a strong social and personal message . He was also sick of playing drums, picking up the guitar instead. John had two other bands (Sex & Death USA and Puckish) but shared Kevin's vision in creating a new band. Jess wasn’t playing in any bands at the time but it all sounded good to him. Original drummer Matt Gawel, a longtime friend, rounded out the lineup.
Sporadic practices ensued with jobs, relationships, and life overall making it difficult to get anything going. By early 2010 however, things were beginning to take shape. By this time Jess’ cousin Payton brilliantly christened the band The Hulls, in reference to the now defunct Hull Brewing Company which brewed beer in New Haven for over a hundred years. Proud of their local heritage and avid beer consumption, the name fit like a glove. The Hulls first show was played that summer. By the Fall of 2010 Matty moved to Maine and was replaced by drummer Ryan Taylor (The Black Noise Scam, Wry). During the Winter of '10/11 a five song demo was recorded and later sold at shows. For the first half of 2011, the boys played shows around the Northeast, sharing stages with New England legends the Queers, the FUs, and Lenny Lashley’s Gang of One. By the end of the summer, Ryan had left the band. Drummer Bob Breychak (The Cavemen Go, The Tyler Trudeau Attempt, Puckish) soon came aboard to solidify the lineup, making the Hulls stronger than ever.
In 2012 and 2013, the Hulls played a series of shows around the Northeast sharing stages with bands like the Allstonians, the Hudson Falcons, Flatfoot 56 and Skinny Jim and the Number 9 Blacktops, all the while consistently strengthening their sound. The band was also included on the CT punk rock compilation 'It Came From Connecticut' which featured 13 CT bands wailing their way across 27 tracks. (The Hulls contributed three). Recently, The Hulls recorded their debut full-length album with engineer Jason Duguay in hopes of releasing it in the new year.
2014 looks to be an exciting year with the boys continuing to write their unique style of punk rock that “pays homage to the classics but still puts its own spin on the sound." More recording and shows are on the horizon as The Hulls continue to rock throughout New England, the Northeast, and beyond!