Release date: June 23, 2015. Columbia Records
Here we go again. The start of 'list season'. I'm a geek so love a good list and hence this is one of my most enjoyable times of year. Over the next however long it takes me I shall post my favourite 25 albums of the year (I almost called it 'Releases of 2015' because there are a few EP's in this list). This year, more than ever before, the numbering is almost meaningless. I've no fixed order at all aside from number one which is easily my most played LP of the year. Expect some obvious blog favourites and the odd curve-ball, life cannot be too predictable after-all!
My 'Albums of 2015' then starts with Bully, the Nashville quartet fronted by Alicia Bognanno and their debut full length Feels Like. "I Remember" sets the tone, a raw and ferocious slice of 90's leaning punk rock that puts itself right in your refuses to back down throughout it's entire duration. "Trying" is the most instant 'single' with obvious radio potential, a really brilliant track with a fantastic bass line that builds to a roaring chorus. It was amongst the soundtracks of the summer
One of the albums precursors' "Brainfreeze" sums the mood and enjoyment that I associate with Feels Like a fuzzy, infectious grunge revival album plump with energy, hooks and vocals that flutter between sweet and angst at the drop of a hat. "Milkman" takes the pace up a dozen more notches, a storming, breathless shrill pop monster that is poppy yet viciously rocking at the same time and wraps up within two minutes. No track outstays its welcome and the record is ridiculously tight, throughout, adopting the philosophy 'all killer, no filler'.
I saw the band perform twice this year, their Great Escape set at Sticky Mikes one lunchtime was one of the festivals highlights and a more recent set at The Garage was equally strong, the best news however is that it feels like Bully's best could still be to come.