Adopted Nashvillian and Bully frontwoman Alicia Bognanno’s résumé reads like an indie-rock pipe dream: She has a degree in audio engineering from MTSU, served as an intern for legendary producer Steve Albini at his Electrical Audio recording facility in Chicago, runs sound at The Stone Fox and assists hardworking local recording dude Jeremy Ferguson at his Battle Tapes studio. And it’s at Battle Tapes that Bognanno helmed the recording of Bully’s debut, an eponymous 7-inch featuring four snotty, vivacious punk-pop numbers that are as catchy as they are succinct. Thanks to the record’s fuzzy tones, acerbic lyrics and a warped sort of anti-pop approach, an easy initial reference might be slacker icons The Breeders — a band that, as it happens, is about the same age as Bognanno herself. But there’s depth to Bully’s sneering, angular grunge pop, and whether or not you cast it against a backdrop of ’90s greats like The Breeders — or, say, Whip-Smart
-era Liz Phair — it’s pretty damn fun to listen to.
Tonight’s bill — an exceptionally well-matched one, if I may say — will also feature PUJOL, who recently finished tracking their forthcoming record at a strip mall in Mt. Juliet and have been playing some of their new songs lately (sounding the best frontman Daniel Pujol & Co. ever have). Also playing will be Study Hall, a trio featuring members of Diarrhea Planet and Churchyard.
Tonight's show starts at 9 p.m., and day-of-show tickets are $10. Listen to all four songs from Bully's Bully EP below, or buy the thing for $5 via Bandcamp.