Bully burst onto the scene in 2015 with their critically acclaimed album Feels Like, hitting Grimey's for an in-store performance to celebrate. Now Bully is finally releasing the follow-up LP (and their Sub Pop debut) Losing on Friday, October 20th and will return to rock the Grimey's house!
Bully is fronted by Alicia Bognanno, an engineer who cut her teeth working at Electrical Audio in Chicago. Together with guitarist Clayton Parker and Reece Lazarus on bass, they made a debut album that received unanimous critical acclaim. Bognanno is a rock icon in the making, with her signature scream, messy blonde hair hanging in her face, and formidable skills as both a player and a engineer who prefers recording to tape. «The coarse Cobain head-scream of Bully singer, songwriter and guitarist Alicia Bognanno is its own resuscitating jolt of protest,» said Pitchfork. «She spends much of Feels Like tearing the house down with her howl.» The success propelled the band into an exhaustive touring cycle with spots on huge festivals such as Bonnaroo, Lollapallooza, Pitchfork Music Festival and ACL and a late night appearance on Conan.
While Feels Like tumbled headlong into the precarious nature of Bognanno's young adult life, Losing is a document of the complexity of growth: navigating breakups with sensitivity, learning not to run away from your troubles but to face them no matter how messy they may be. It's an internal, carefully focused record, a universalized diary and an exorcism — not of any one specific demon, but the host of them that characterize contemporary anxieties. Bully are growing up, sure, but their fire is in no way diminishing.
Stop by Grimey's now to preorder your copy of Losing on vinyl (Loser edition, natch!) or CD and you'll receive a wristband guaranteeing entry to the in-store performance on October 20th. If all spots sell out, only those with a wristband will be able to get in for the in-store show. We are only taking preorders in person in the store for now. If slots are still available, we'll open the phone lines for orders starting Monday, October 16th at 11am.