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Blast the Shit Out of This Song from Nashville Fuzz Punks, Bully

Because it's fast, it's loud, and it rules.

by Jeffrey Silverstein
Oct 15 2014, 7:30pm

Photo by Angelina Costillio

Led by guitar and vocal aficionado Alicia Bognanno, Nashville-bred fuzz punks Bully possesses an unbridled fervor evident upon first listen. Arriving to the scene during the height of nostalgia-laden revivalists, it is the combination of Bognanno’s arresting bellow atop massive guitar sounds that sets them miles ahead of your boilerplate garage rockers.

On "Milkman," the lead single from a forthcoming, self-released EP, the formula hasn’t changed but the energy has elevated ten-fold. More polished and well-crafted than previous efforts, one can only hope this is the sound we’ll find on a debut LP. Perhaps the fact that Bognanno has been behind the boards of studios in clubs in Nashville for the past couple of years aided in getting such a weighty recording. Finishing at just over the two-minute mark, it manages to encapsulate everything that Bully does so well. Drawing heavily from both pop-punk and 90s alternative/grunge, they manage to never lean too heavily towards either, occupying a well-balanced space that is entirely their own. Increasingly difficult to not fall victim to "it’s nothing new" scrutiny, Bully come out triumphant and they come out LOUD.

The EP is out on October 21. Catch Bully on tour this fall:

Tour dates:

10/15/2014 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada*
10/16/2014 Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s*
10/17/2014 New Orleans, LA @ Circle Bar*
10/18/2014 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade*
10/20/2014 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506*
10/21/2014 Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel*
10/22/2014 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle*
10/23/2014 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge – High Road Touring CMJ Showcase
10/23/2014 New York, NY @ Pianos – Siren Sounds PR CMJ Showcase
10/25/2014 Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium – DoNYC CMJ Showcase
11/4/2014 Ann Arbor, MI @ The Bling Pig^
11/5/2014 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall^

* w/ Drowners

^ w/ Kevin Drew