Lorien Lamarr Photo Column—Bully

Lorien Lamarr Photo Column—Bully

It’s not uncommon for me to go to a show for the opener, not even knowing who the headliner is. It is uncommon for me to be so blown away by the energy and performance that I snap a photo of an artist I’d never heard of. This is what happened in April of 2018 at the Ottobar.

I’d gone to catch War On Women. I always stay for every band on the bill because I’ve discovered some of my favorite bands this way. Having zero expectations has led me to some surprising discoveries, both in the bands and the types of music I enjoy. Bully is high-powered, potent energy live with earwormy can’t-help-but-shout-along lyrics accentuated by Alicia Bognanno’s grungey snarl.

I had actually forgotten I’d taken a quick snap until I was looking at my photo archives. It’s serendipitous because Bully released a new record in August of this year, SUGAREGG. It’s Bully’s third album and so far my favorite. It hits me right at the intersection of my childhood obsession with Hole and the transformative power of better mental health practices.