Bull – On Sale Now

We’re really keen to do what we can to showcase great music all year round.

Having recently signed with EMI records and their debut album on the way, York based indie band play The Scene in Lincoln on 22nd October.

Tickets are on sale now (18+)

They’re finding really Interesting ways to do these pop songs that I love”Declan McKenna

“Alt-rock fans will love the mellow tones of Americana grunge mixed with nineties pop.” – Gigwise

“The four-piece are working towards ‘big things’ with their easy-breezy take on lo-fi retro pop.” – Dork

“That’s really good, I really like that” – Elton John

York’s alt rock songsmiths, Bull have today announced their debut album ‘Discover Effortless Living’ which will be released on the 26th March by EMI Records, in conjunction with Young Thugs.

To celebrate, the band have today released ‘Eugene’, a mini-symphony of self-flagellation which trips through the various stages of feeling down on yourself (lethargy, frustration, anger etc) using tempo changes to paint an audio picture. It manages to be both melancholy and spritely at the same time, another example of the band’s idiosyncratic song writing.   

“I wrote the song Eugene when I was feeling dissatisfied with what I was doing” Tom (guitar/vocals) explains. “It’s kind of a self-hate song, you know when people talk about self-love? It’s not that. I’m slating myself; it moves through the key changes and different moods, and ends in a way that mocks the sadness, another form of self-deprecation!”

The video for the track is again a collaboration with artist friends of the band that reflects the different moods of the song. Dan and Kai from the band kick things off with some DIY Claymation before handing over to artists Jack Iredale, Rory Welbrock, Roxy Linklater and Holly Beer who each tackled a different animation style.

The band’s debut album, ‘Discover Effortless Living’ is a cornucopia of alt rocks sounds, the band having refined their song writing style into 13 indie bangers. The album includes previous singles such as ‘Disco Living’ (actually an abbreviation of the album title) ‘Green’, ‘Bonzo Please’ and ‘Love Goo’.

“Its songs written and rocked on between the years 2012 and 2020” Tom elaborates. “The title is taken from the opening lyric to the final track ‘Disco Living’. We wanted to use a lyric from the album and felt like this was a good one. I first saw the words in London written on the side of a mansion being built and thought it was funny, it also ties in with ideas around class, new beginnings, a golden era of prosperity, and hoping to have life ‘in the bag’.”

At radio the band are already being championed by the likes of Chris Hawkins and Steve Lamacq at 6Music, Huw Stephens at BBC Introducing Clara Amfo, as well as being acclaimed by fellow musicians like Elton John on his Beats 1 show and Declan McKenna.

Formed in 2011 by vocalist and songwriter Tom Beer and guitarist Dan Lucas, Bull’s mission is simply to make the music they wanted to listen to, inspired by their 90’s heroes such Pavement, Yo La Tengo and the Pixies. The rest of the band came together through a mix of friendships and happenstance. Drummer Tom Gabbatiss joined after he and Tom jammed together in bars while they were back-packing round Thailand, and Kai West had previously used to jump up on stage with the band and “Bez” (verb meaning to dance badly while intoxicated) before they eventually let him play bass.

They’ve played support shows for the likes of Squid, The Orielles, Pip Blom and even one of their long-time heroes in the form of Spiral Stairs (AKA Scott Kannberg of Pavement), and their constant gigging has seen them build up a dedicated local following. Not to be restricted to God’s own county, the band have plied their wares in mainland Europe, playing a series of unforgettable shows in Germany and the Netherlands. The band will be back on the road in 2021 with a full UK tour starting in September, tickets go on sale March 12th 2021.

7 Acts We Can’t Wait To See Live

We know it’s been said so many times but 2020 has been down right awful, and we’ve still got some of it left to go! Everyone has been getting pretty glum here at BTW HQ seeing loads of other festivals and tours share our fate, just as some amazing new artists were really starting to get into their stride.

But we’re trying to be positive about things, so here are some of the acts that we can’t wait to see once corona buggers off!

Declan McKenna

Not many other 21-year-olds can say that they’ve fought the world’s greatest rock’n’roll band in a fierce album chart battle, but Declan McKenna certainly can. His epic sophomore album, Zeros, fell just short of the top spot thanks to The Rolling Stones, but hey, some people put the Beatles second to the Stones so we’re sure Dec wasn’t too disheartened to be in that spot too!

Luz

She may only be 18, but this Irish songstress has been blowing us away with her spine-tingling voice and striking covers for years. It’s no wonder that she’s continuing to take our breath away with the collection of original singles she’s released this year. Luz is definitely one you won’t want to miss on a throng of support tours and headline shows next year.

Marsicans

Having been on the road pretty much non stop for the last few years, Leeds indie-pop foursome Marsicans have kept us waiting for their debut album. Fortunately, they managed to find some time to get into the studio – the famous Rockfield Studios which has hosted the likes of Queen, Oasis and Coldplay, the latter being big Marsicans fans themselves – and Ursa Major has certainly been worth the wait! The boys will be bringing fellow indie dreamers DECO and Sad Boys Club on the road with them next year, it’s sure to be a tour we can’t miss.

Jordan Mackampa

We were all blown away with Jordan Mackampa’s debut album Foreigner here at BTW HQ and his ability to blend his soul, folk and gospel influences so swimmingly is certainly a thing of beauty. We’ll be sure to be down the front when he’s finally able to tour the record!

The Big Moon

Having released possibly the best bit of merch we’ve ever seen during lockdown, an 1000-piece jigsaw based on the cover for their second album Walking Like We Do (with all proceeds going to homeless charity, Shelter) we can’t wait to see what kind of chaos the four-piece gang from London conjure up for their huge headline tour in the Spring.

Talkboy

Rising up the ranks of the vibrant Yorkshire indie scene over the years, swoonsome indie sextet Talkboy effortlessly manage to combine a miscellany of influences into their own unique sound, displayed no better than in most recent single Stupid Luck. We can’t wait to see their electric live shows, we’re predicting big things for this bunch!

Sea Girls

With a reputation for raucous gigs, 2020 was shaping up to be a huge year for Sea Girls with them due to head out on their biggest run of shows to date. Unfortunately that’s on hold for the moment, but with their debut album Open Up Your Head reaching #3 in the official album charts it hasn’t been all bad for the lads. We can’t wait to see them come back to live shows even bigger and better next year. 

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