Bully – “Trying” (Stereogum Premiere)

Alicia Bognanno doesn’t fear exposure. As the frontperson of Nashville’s fast-rising band Bully, Bognanno writes songs that peel away at her layered insides, revealing more of herself in several minutes than she probably would over the course of an hour-long conversation. “Trying” is the second single off of Bully’s forthcoming debut full-length Feels Like, and it’s an unfussy invitation into Bognanno’s seemingly inane thought process that leads into larger themes of unease as the song progresses. From day-to-day anxieties (“Been praying for my period all week, a relief that I just can’t see”) to fleeting but threatening moments of identity crisis (“I question everything/ My focus, my figure, my sexuality”), Bognanno isn’t afraid to purge her innermost insecurities for an audience. Adding to her skillfully-wrought lyrics and guitar work, Bognanno produced, engineered and mixed Feels Like to tape in Steve Albini’s studios, where she was once an intern. Listen to “Trying” and check out Bully’s tour dates with JEFF The Brotherhood and Best Coast below.

Tour dates:
04/07 Saskatoon, Canada @ Amigos*
04/09 Winnipeg, Canada @ Good Will Social House*
04/11 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews*
04/12 St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway*
04/29 Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s Alright
05/02 Leeds, UK @ Live At Leeds
05/07 London, UK @ The Lexington
05/14-16 Brighton, UK @ The Great Escape
05/28 Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
05/30 Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge
05/31 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
06/02 Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
06/09 Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room #
06/12 Boston, MA @ Paradise #
06/13 Brooklyn, NY @ Northside Fest
06/14 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer #
06/16 Washington DC @ 930 Club #
06/18 Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall #
06/19 Detroit, MI @ Majestic #
06/20 Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
07/17-20 Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival

*w/ JEFF The Brotherhood
#w/ Best Coast

Feels Like is out 6/23 via StarTime International.

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