Label: StarTime International
Bully made a big splash in 2015Â with their debut full-length, one of my favorites of the year. I tend to be pretty nit-picky about garage rock as a lot of newer bands under that umbrellaÂ are starting to sound the same, but something about Bully drew me in. Some time after becoming addicted to Feels Like, I read that front-woman,Â AliciaÂ Bognanno, studied to be an audio engineer. Understandably, a â€śrawâ€ť sound & refined engineeringÂ donâ€™t intuitively go hand-in-hand, but I think thatâ€™s exactlyÂ what sets Bully apart. Instead of feigning an unpolished, basement sound expected of grungy garage music, Bognanno embraces her prowess & puts itÂ to work, allowing the true grit to show through her unfiltered lyricsÂ &Â unapologetic raspâ€”not to mention a band who seriouslyÂ knows how to play without over-playingâ€”makingÂ Bully all the more honest.
I willÂ say, $25 plus $6 shipping is a little steep compared to the standard black version, but 1.) itâ€™s direct through the bandâ€™s Bandcamp, which is nice, & 2.) their first pressings sound incredible on wax. For the record, I wouldnâ€™t even consider myself a hardcore audio-wonk, but I was astonished when I first spun the recordÂ after listening to the digital release priorâ€”a big plus during a timeÂ when pressingÂ quality has been hit or miss. I like to think Bognannoâ€™s background had something to do with the quality control, but perhaps Iâ€™m just projecting now.
Anyways, if youâ€™re a Bully fan, record collector, & audiophile, this one shouldnâ€™t be too tough of a decision. Also a safe bet for those unfamiliar, looking to start off 2016 with some rad tunes on eye-catching wax.
The limited edition pressing of Bully's debut record FEELS LIKE on red & blue splatter vinyl. This will be available for pre-order beginning Christmas Day 2015. Records will begin shipping January 28th. Only 500 copies available for pre-order.
Every pre-order received will be entered into a drawing for a copy of the now out-of-print Bully EP 7" Record. We will draw a name and announce the winner on January 25th.
Records come with a digital download code.
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive