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Bully – Losing (album review)

by Woody on October 25, 2017

Credit: Alysse Gafkjen

2015’s Feels Like catapulted Nasville’s Bully on to the scene and into the waiting arms of Sub Pop, a label born in Seattle the home of grunge. It is a marriage that seems all too perfect, and Bully delivered a wonderful sophomore effort to get the honeymoon off on the right food.

Fronted by human dynamo Alicia Bognanno, the Nashville-based band rip through a dozen tracks, rarely letting you up for breath. Bognanno’s vocals are often punctuated by visceral screams and I’d be lying if I said they were not one of my favorite aspects of the band. But her vocals have this way of twisting around the guitars or piercing through them when needed.

Bognanno’s lyrics feel as if they are born from a stream of consciousness. To what’s bothering her, how she’s feeling post-breakup or her general feeling of being in the world. She bounces back between despondent and defiance.

Some of my favorites on the album are Running, Seeing It and Either Way. They’re going to be in Chicago on November 7th. I plan on taking in the set at Thalia Hall. Hope to see you there.

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Credit: Alysse Gafkjen

The force of nature known as Bully are following up on their phenomenal debut, Feels Like, with their sophomore effort Losing. They’ve been on a bit of a whirlwind since arriving on the scene and have now signed with the venerable Sub Pop in what seems like a natural fit. Here’s some info on the new album.

While Feels Like tumbled headlong into the precarious nature of Bognanno’s young adult life, Losing is a document of the complexity of growth: navigating breakups with sensitivity, learning not to run away from your troubles but to face them no matter how messy they may be. The debut single, “Feel the Same’ is the album opener. Like an electric-shock Bognanno is back in your face tackling the angst of a young person feeling their way through the world. The song describes the prison of a manic mind-set, being trapped in your own head. On “Seeing It” she addresses the issue of personal safety and navigating the world as a woman. On “Running” she focuses on personal relationships and the avoidance of facing the demise of a personal relationship.

Losing is an internal, carefully focused record, a universalized diary and an exorcism-not of any one specific demon, but the host of them that characterize contemporary anxieties. Bully are growing up, sure, but their fire is in no way diminishing.

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Bully – Feels Like [album review]

by Woody on June 22, 2015

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While I may be a 45 y/o married father of three, sometimes I like to connect with my inner twenty-something feminine side. To be honest, I didn’t know I had one up until a month ago when Bully’s debut LP entered into my world. Fronted by Alicia Bognanno, Feels Like travels at warp speed for 30 minutes as she recants all the insecurities of growing up.

Much like Hop Along’s Painted Shut, Feels Like benefits greatly from its lack of over-production. Bognanno’s internship at legendary Steve Albini‚Äôs Electrical Audio studio in Chicago certainly didn’t hurt in that regard.

Bognanno may be the star here but just like Messi, she needs to get the ball to make the magic happen. Stewart Copeland, Clayton Parker and Reece Lazarus make quite the racket as the band careens around sounding like Corin Tucker fronting Superchunk.

One of major misses at SXSW was missing Bully. Thankfully they are going to be at Pitchfork on Saturday at 1:55. Same day as Ex Hex and Sleater-Kinney. Holy rocking females Batman!!!!

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Sweet Jesus. This track is a real kick in the pants. For those not in the know, Bully is a punk band from Nashville fronted by Alicia Bognanno. They cranked out an EP last year that was fantastic and they are picking up steam. Based on this tune, their momentum shows no signs of slowing down. Here are their SXSW appearances. You better bring your A game when you check them out. Anything less and you might get run over.

Mar 16: Icehauer’s – Aether Speaker Event – 4PM
Mar 18: Weather Up – Third Man Records Showcase – 1PM
Mar 18: Fader Fort – 3:45 PM
Mar 19: Mohawk – Pitchfork at House of Vans – 1PM
Mar 19: Maggie Mae’s – Startime Showcase – 1AM
Mar 20: W Austin – Nylon Party – 5:30PM
Mar 20: Brazo’s Hall -TBD

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