Think Tank, Newcastle

24th May 2018

The brilliant Bully thrill a packed crowd in Newcastle, wearing their influences on their sleeves it’s an incredible night!

With their second album Losing garnering reasonable acclaim late last year, there is a rightful excitement throughout the room tonight. Especially as the equally brilliant Dude York take to the stage, this trio set about blasting everyone away with a mix of new and old tracks. It’s an ecstatic opening, especially as they close out their set with a rather emphatic rendition of Paralyzed.

This incendiary track setting a high bar for Bully to live up to, Dude York’s enthusiasm and elation is infectious as they have everyone in the crowd singing and dancing along throughout. Fortunately, Bully quickly pick up where Dude York left off opening up with Feel The Same, their pounding drums and sharp riffs coupled with Alicia Bognanno’s inimitable vocal style.

Every track is a ferocious as the next, it is easy to understand Bognanno’s previous mentors influence on Bully. With tracks cut from a similar cloth to that of Shellac you cannot help but immediately fall in love with Bully, live they ooze urgency and intensity. Bognanno is on fire- her hair whipping back and forth as they power through a multitude of scintillating tracks.

Seeing It, Spiral and Six all invoking rapturous reactions, they’re an undoubted force to be reckoned with and they wear their influences firmly on their sleeves. The crowd are in the palm of Bully’s hand as they tear through the trio of Kills To Be Resistant, Hate And Control and Milkman in incredibly quick succession. There is a barely time for anyone to catch their breath between them.

Each track’s fury and passion grows as they build towards a fervent climax, as if this set of their own incredible tracks was not enough. Bully round off their set with an insane rendition of Mclusky’s Lightsabre Cocksucking Blues, which just compounds the entire evening.

They’re without doubt one of the finest bands around, their power and intensity coupled with their ferocity is an exquisite cocktail of passion and angst that comes alive tonight. As they thrill everyone in this room leaving us begging for more!

Bully can be found online here bullythemusic.com. They’re also on Facebook and tweet as @Bully.

All words by Lee Hammond. You can check out more work by Lee at his Louder Than War author’s archive, he also tweets as @Napzap.

Photos by Gordon Armstrong find more work by Gordon here.

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