Bully live at Manchester Ritz
Bully live at Manchester Ritz, photo by Pooneh Ghana

Bully – Manchester Ritz (11th November 2015) – LIVE REVIEW

This Bully article was written by Steven Loftin, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Natalie Whitehouse.

Nashville’s Bully are a special kind of a band. They sit firmly between your own personal secret you want to stay hidden, and wishing them nothing but the greatest success. About midway through the year they embarked upon on their first UK tour, and now, and the end of the year, the band are joining in a support slot for surf-punks FIDLAR.

After being warmed up by opening band Vants, the crowd were more than welcoming of Bully, in fact the title of support act is almost redundant; it could quite easily have been a Bully headline slot.

Having released their debut album ‘Feels Like’ back in June, Bully have gone from strength to strength, especially considering their initial birth was only in 2013. The band on stage straight away have no issue in performing in front of larger crowds, bursting straight in with hard-hitting love song ‘I Remember’, Alicia Bognanno, the band’s singer/guitarist and creator, holds nothing back. The rest of the band, consisting of Stewart Copeland on drums, Reece Lazarus on bass and Clayton Parker on guitar, make sure to give fire to every song like it deserves.

Single ‘Trying’ and album cut ‘Trash’ stir the crowd into frenzy, with unrelenting energy, enough to make the floor shake and kick up the humidity. Throughout the short but sweet set there was never a moment things waned or felt forced, from the band giving the performance of a lifetime, to the crowd reciprocating justly; it was all natural.

By the time the set was over it felt like it’d just begun, like after a first date where you want more but you have to be patient and wait till the next one. It won’t be long before Bully are headlining venues this size and larger, they have the sound; they have the style; now we’re just waiting for everybody else to catch up.