Bully are a group who make punk’n’grunge tinged rock music, and do so from a base in Nashville. They do their thing fairly effectively, with the requisite amount of grit in singer Alice Bognanno’s voice, and suitable amounts of fast-paced guitar business. You know how it goes. All self-produced too. Mmmmm. On Columbia.
7/10 Penrith Steve Customer review, 28th July 2015
Out of all the records I’ve bought recently I was most looking forward to “Feels Like” by Bully arriving as I’d heard that they were ‘90s alt. rock revivalists which appeals to me greatly. Initially upon hearing this ones thoughts turn to bands or artists such as Veruca Salt, Bettie Serveert, Juliana Hatfield, Hole and to a lesser extent, Letters To Cleo.
When I first put the needle on the record I though “Great, just what I wanted!”, then I was a tad disappointed when the vocals came in as they were a bit too Courtney Love for my tastes these days. As the album went on I re-warmed to the guitars and rhythm section that took me on a nostalgic trip. Often I am looking for something new and different to listen to, but I also want to hear music that takes me back to the early ‘90s – a time I remember fondly. Bully don’t break any new ground at all, which I really don’t think is a problem.
“Too Tough” and especially “Trying” are the best of the bunch on side one, both tracks are most reminiscent of the bands I mentioned earlier. I don’t know if it’s just because this album has got its claws into me now or the songs are getting better, but opening side two is “Trash” which has some nice Joey Santiago-style guitar work.
It doesn’t quite evoke the glow of nostalgia in me that “Water On Mars” by Purling Hiss did but it’s not far off. If you have similar feelings towards American alt. rock from the early-mid ‘90s, you may well enjoy this.
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