Pujol, Sad Baxter
1 Cannery Row
Nashville, TN, 37203
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is 18 and over
Bully burst onto the scene in 2015 with their critically acclaimed album Feels Like. Today the band announces Losing. The album was engineered and mixed by lead-singer Alicia Bognanno in Chicago at Electrical Audio.
Fronted by Alicia Bognanno, Bully was born in 2013. Bognanno was an engineer who had cut her teeth working at Electrical Audio in Chicago. Together with guitarist Clayton Parker and Reece Lazarus on bass, they made a debut album received unanimous critical acclaim and Bognanno became a point of intrigue. 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. The debut single, “Feel The Same’ is the album opener. Like an electric-shock Bognanno is back in your face tackling the angst of a young person feeling their way through the world. The song describes the prison of a manic mind-set, being trapped in your own head. On “Seeing It” she addresses the issue of personal safety and navigating the world as a woman. On “Running” she focuses on personal relationships and the avoidance of facing the demise of a personal relationship.
Losing is 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.
Nirvana. Nada Surf. The Muffs. These are bands Deezy and Alex love to talk about. Deezy loves to pronounce the phrase “hot dog” like “hort dorg”. Alex loves to eat pizza and talk about WaWa food markets. Deezy likes to make jokes about how pointless everything is, and Alex likes to laugh about it. Together, they form Sad Baxter from Nashville, TN. Described as heavy pop sludge, their songs keep coming back to one topic: sadness. Together they sing and scream, with words like “nothing” and “monster” rising from the dark, heavy heap. But no matter how much they might try to convince you that all hope is lost, Sad Baxter is a band that believes in something. They believe in failure. They believe in redemption. They believe in broken hearts. They believe in loud guitars. Most of all, they believe in each other. To see them play live is to step into a world created by Deezy and Alex, a world where heartbreak leads to hope and the drums drown out your doubts. They sing, they sweat, they say something awkward, and they’re back at it. The harmonies in their singing, the dynamics in their playing, it’s the musical equivalent of two people leaning on each other, worn out and weary, but walking together through the world. Sad Baxter is a band that makes intensity comforting and dissonant melodies catchy. All they ask is that you come as you are, sadness and all, and sing along.
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