Top Prospect #1 - Bully

The first of our ten Top Prospects for 2015 is Nashville's 4-piece garage rock outfit, Bully. The band is a serious buzz band right now. They've been featured on just about every major music website over the past month, and now other blogs are finding their sound hard to resist. As a matter of fact, this year has been a busy big year for the band -- CMJ, SXSW, ACL, Bonnaroo, a mini tour with Benjamin Booker, and a fall tour with Drowners would make many a band jealous. The band is being heard by lots of people, and they're taking advantage of the opportunity.

We here at Aimless Skylarking are fans of the band, and are excited to see what 2015 holds for them. We've seen the band twice, opening for Benjamin Booker in Memphis with about 25 people total in the venue, and then in a near capacity room in Atlanta's famed Masquerade club when they opened for Drowners. In Atlanta, the band added a 4th band member (former bassist for Pujol) to play lead guitar, and expanded on their set, performing enough songs to fill an album while winning over a young crowd with their infectious punky melodies. Frontwoman Alicia Bognanno sold a lot of Bully t-shirts that night to a crowd who wasn't quite sure what to expect.

After the Atlanta show, we spoke with Alicia for a few moments about what was next for the band. She said they were working on a full length and it should be ready in a short time, intimating an early 2015 release. Photos on the band's Instagram prove that work is almost finished on the album, 14 days with 7 days remaining. As far as content, we'd have to imagine that their EP would be part of the new LP, but cannot say for sure, although a full slate of new songs would certainly be a true treat. After a bit of research, it appears the band has signed a record deal (StarTime International a branch of Columbia Records) and hired a publicist, rightfully so on both. We think 2015 will be a big year for the band, and they are our 1st Top Prospect for 2015.

Bully's EP is available at Amazon  or iTunes right now.

For more information on Bully:

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Bully releases debut video

Nashville's Bully premiered their new video for 'Brainfreeze' today over on Gorilla vs Bear. This comes on the heels of a very busy month for the band with coverage coming from just about every major music website not to mention several dates at CMJ. Toss that on top of SXSW, ACL, Bonnaroo, a mini tour with Benjamin Booker, and a fall tour with Drowners for one tip-top year so far. 

We here at Aimless Skylarking are fans of the band, and are excited to see what 2015 holds for them. We saw the band twice, in Memphis with about 25 people total in the venue, and then in a near capacity room in Atlanta's famed Masquerade club. In Atlanta, the band expanded on their set, playing a full album worth of songs while winning over a young crowd with their infectious melodies. Many of the songs were new and should be included on a full length, which according to frontwoman Alicia is in the works. Their latest EP is available at Amazon  or iTunes right now.

Bully at the Hi-Tone Lounge in Memphis

Bully's Alicia Bognanno

'Brainfreeze' is the preferred Bully track at the Aimless Skylarking Headquarters, and if you didn't catch the video at the link above, watch it right here.

For more information on Bully:

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Bandcamp

Instagram

New deliveries

It's been another light week around here, only one delivery and two items from shows we attended. Blank Range, a Nashville rock and roll 5-piece, opened for Benjamin Booker in Birmingham and I enjoyed their set. The guys in the band were quite nice, either that or I was so drunk that I misread the whole situation, but I bought some merch anyway, supporting bands is my thing. Anyway, after a drunken discussion about grunge and U2, I walked away from the merch table with a 7 inch for 'Scrapin'.  To boot, they tossed in a glow in the dark pin.

After recovering from the night at the Bottletree, we made our way to Atlanta to see another favorite band, Bully, who just so happened to open for Benjamin Booker on that poorly attended Memphis show.  They were opening for the New York based indie rock band Drowners at the famed Masquerade in Atlanta.  I had secured a photo pass for the show, but since I'd not been to the Masquerade before, I opted to just go and enjoy the performance.  Turns out, just like the Booker show the night before, not having the heavy camera around my neck made the show more enjoyable.  Bully played all 6 of their songs and a handful of new tunes, and did a fantastic job of making several new fans.

Between sets, I spoke to Alicia for a few minutes and she said that new material in the form of an LP would be out in about 3 months.  I'm anxious to hear the new material outside of a packed club. Since I made the 3.5 hour drive to see the band, I couldn't walk away with nothing.  I picked up their new t-shirt, my 3rd from the band, and then watched Alicia get swarmed with fans of the Drowners after their set.

Here's the crowd swarming the merch table after the Drowners' set. I'm happy to say that Alicia handled it all very well, and made a lot of new friends and fans.  The crowd was 90% college age females, and Bully retweeted many photos of the set and their merch the next morning.  New fans, Go Bully!

And then, the final delivery of the week was the latest LP from Dallas native Sarah Jaffe, Don't Disconnect.  I ordered from her website instead of Amazon in hopes of actually sending a few more coins her way.  Great LP, pick it up if you can.  

And yes, for those interested, or wanting to poke fun, that is a piece of oak furniture.  It's required to own something oak in the South, and this is the last hold out at the Aimless Skylarking headquarters, the desk I'm sitting behind right now.  Ok, now, go listen to Blank Range, Bully, and Sarah Jaffe.  Also, peek in on Drowners too, their live set was pretty all right.  

Free music from CMJ.com

More free music, this time from CMJ.com.  The CMJ Music Marathon is coming up this month in NYC and will feature some of Aimless Skylarking's favorite bands -- PINS, Amanda X and Bully.  A quick look at the lineup, and I see a few others that have gotten mentions here -- Hunters, Potty Mouth, RAC, & The Wytches.  Lots of other buzzy names I'm curious about as well.

I wish I had enough time off from work to attend, because I'd be all over this, however, 2 weeks of vacation time is all my company allows, which is sad, and I am saving for another UK trip.  Anyway, enough of my grumbling, over on CMJ.com, they're offering up a Marathon Mixtape featuring artists who will play at CMJ 2014, 26 tracks in all.  Go find your new favorite band, might I suggest starting with 'Waiting for the End' by the PINS.  Check it out below.  

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