“So today I found out what you guys call a French fry sandwich…chip butty”, smiles Bully lead singer, Alicia Bognanno, before bouncing into 2014 single ‘Milkman’ which is best known for its appearance in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 – the soundtrack being played in the background whilst shredding the streets and inevitably falling off your board.
Bully, in Cambridge for the first time in their career, the Nashville band (completed by drummer Stewart Copeland, lead guitarist Clayton Parker and bassist Reece Lazarus) had a more close knit personal gig at the Portland Arms, as well as another London date at The Garage in Highbury. The crowd of young fans headbanging at the front and cheering throughout like they’ve been waiting for this event all year.
Part cool-new-sensation, part Kurt Cobain-reincarnated-screams, with sounds reminiscent of 1991, Bully’s ‘Too Tough’ sounds like a nostalgic grunge dream and is certainly representative of the rebellious youth in the south, struggling in the liberal Christian surroundings in the rural areas.
Bognanno guides the band through this era with the roaring vocals of ‘I Remember, as well as the mixture of soft and harsh melodies in their most popular song ‘Trying’. Then there is the mesmerizing drum and guitar riffs of the band’s breakthrough single ‘Brainfreeze’ which was released in 2013 as a casette single (adding a unique vintage quality) which certainly hasn’t set them back, as they had CDs, vinyls and tons of T-shirts in the back, showing how far the band has come in just two years.
Bully are far better to be seen up close and personal as the clarity of the style can be seen to be expressed more clearly. 100% a must see whilst they are touring Europe.
Written by Zak Rosewell