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Based in the city of Nashville in Tennessee, Bully is an American rock band that first got going in 2013. Playing their own brand of alternative rock, the members of Bully are equally at home performing punk, indie rock or grunge music. A four-piece, the group consists of Alicia Bognanno, Stewart Copeland, Reece Lazarus and Clayton Parker. The band is fronted by Bognanno, a singer and songwriter who, as she concedes, finds cathartic outlets for some of her personal insecurities by writing and performing with the group.
Bully's career milestones
Bully was formed by Bognanno, who is originally from Rosemount in Minnesota. After achieving a degree qualification from the Middle Tennessee State University in audio recording, the young musician sought work in the music industry. She set about this as a recent graduate, and landed an internship at the famous Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago, owned by the legendary rock producer and musician Steve Albini.
In the early 2010s, Bognanno began working on demo recordings of her own material, showcasing her musicianship as well as her technical abilities in the studio. Determined to make a go of it as a performer, she decided to relocate to Nashville, specifically with the intention of forming her own band. Although Bognanno took work as an engineer at the Battle Tapes Recording studio and as a live mixer at The Stone Fox venue, she also played live. After a short-lived stint performing with the power pop band King Arthur, Bognanno started Bully in the summer of 2013.
After recruiting Copeland, her drummer, Bognanno found a suitable bassist in the form of Lazarus, and a guitarist who suited her style in Parker. Unusually, Bully set about self-releasing their first music on a limited run of cassette tapes. The band then put out a single called “Milkman”, which was unleashed on the record-buying public in 2014. Executives at Columbia Records label, Startime International, offered Bully a recording contract and the band set about making their debut album for them.
Bully's first LP was called Feels Like and came out in June 2015. The 10-track work was offered with a bonus song, a number called “Sharktooth”, for the iTunes edition. It received mixed reviews in the UK music press but was reviewed positively in much of the US. After the band switched to the Sub Pop label, Losing came out in October 2017. This album was made at Bognanno's former workplace, Electrical Audio Studios. Standout tracks included “Feel the Same”, “Either Way” and “Running”.
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