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Monday 12 April 2021

Discover Effortless Living: Brighton-Bound Alt Rock Songsmiths Bull Release Debut Album

Alt rock songsmiths, Bull will play The Green Door Store in Brighton, this September, following the release of their debut album Discover Effortless Living.
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As a taster the band has dropped 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. 

The track 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 thirteen 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'."

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 90s 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.

Bull's debut album, Discover Effortless Living, is out now. The band play Brighton's Green Door Store on 17th September 2021. CLICK HERE for more details. 

by: Mike Cobley




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