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Bull Deconstruct Songwriting In New Single 'Bonzo Please'
There isn't a beginners guide to surviving as a band during lockdown, but if there was Bull would be strong contenders to write it. The band have gone from strength to strength during lockdown with ensuing media attention, radio play, a record deal and a thumbs up from Elton John.
There latest endeavour ’Bonzo Please’ is a song about writing songs, thinking that maybe you can’t be inspired by someone else and that by constantly staring at and comparing yourself to other people, you miss out on what you personally have to offer” vocalist, Tom beer explains. “It’s also inspired by the modern day preoccupation with staring at your phone/T.V constantly watching other people and ‘entertainment’ and is a kick back against it, trying to shake my head up and break out of the hypnotic depression.”
The song finds the band channelling discordant noise-pop vibes similar to the likes of Dinosaur Jr, No Age and Surfer Blood. Featuring fuzzed out guitars, ramshackle drums and a piano that sounds like it’s falling down a flight of stairs (in a good way), the band are venting a spot of songwriter angst, both musically and lyrically.
The theme of inspiration also runs through the song’s video. The band wanted to make it truly collaborative and commissioned 50 pieces of artwork from 50 artists (friends and peers of the band, aged between 7 and 72) to provide a backdrop for a brilliant animation of the band created by Katy Daft. Each artist documented the progress of their piece and some of them have been highlighted in a brilliant photo montage.
Since signing to EMI records in conjunction with, York based label, Young Thugs the band have been growing apace. 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 musicains like Elton John on his Beats 1 show.
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