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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

On the Record with Bully's Alicia Bognanno

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2015 at 11:07 AM

Following performances at Lollapalooza and Pitchfork Music Festival, Nashville-based indie-rock band Bully is currently on a headlining tour which will stop at Brillobox this Saturday. Singer Alicia Bognanno took some time to chat with us over the phone.

click to enlarge Alicia Bognanno - DANIEL TOPETE
  • Daniel Topete
  • Alicia Bognanno

Your debut album sounds very ’90s alt-rock. What influences lead to that sound?

I wasn’t aiming to make a record that sounded like ’90s rock. That’s just been how it’s been perceived since it’s been out, but a lot of bands I like and admire come out of that era, so I guess it naturally creeps in there. I really like Silk Worm and Fugazi and the Butthole Surfers and The Replacements and The Breeders.

Why did you record on analog equipment instead of digital?
I like the method better. I like being forced to commit to something. I don’t like mixing on a computer because staring at a screen for that long drives me crazy. I’d just be constantly working on it.

You’re signed to a subsidiary of Columbia Records. What does a major label do these days? How does that change the life of the band?
When we did the first EP and the Milkman seven-inch, we were doing all our shipping ourselves. Until a week ago, we were doing all our own t-shirt shipping. That’s nearly impossible to do on the road. So having somewhere where people can order [merchandise] was a huge help … Also, having a budget and being able to record at a studio where we’re comfortable wouldn’t have happened if we hadn’t signed with a label.

Your vocals are pretty cathartic. What do you do to keep your vocal cords from wearing out?
I don’t do anything in particular, but I probably should … Unless it’s been a particular long run and it’s cold weather, they usually stand up OK. 

10 p.m. Sat., Oct. 3. Brillobox, 4104 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. $10. 412-621-4900 or brillobox.net.

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