Bully have been on the road touring in support of their debut album, Feels Like, which was recorded at legendary producer Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio studio in Chicago. The Nashville-based band create an infectious stripped down mix of rock and punk with a nod to 90’s grunge. Bully is led by the creative force of primary songwriter and frontwoman Alicia Bognanno, and includes drummer Stewart Copeland, bassist Reece Lazarus, and guitarist Clayton Parker. They have been methodically building a buzz and were recently labeled a “Rising” band by Pitchfork, which explains the large enthusiastic crowd that filled the Pinhook in Durham NC on a Sunday night.
Bully powered through a fuzzed up hook-laden set that featured Bognanno’s honest lyrics delivered with a voice that shifted effortlessly between vulnerable and ferocious. Based on the crowd’s reaction, Bully is a band worthy of the attention they are generating and certainly worth checking out.
Local Raleigh band No Love started the evening with a short but powerful set of songs that mixed punk aggression with a playful sensibility.