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Nashville band screams its truth on a fiercely real punk debut

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BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Clayton Parker, Alicia Bognanno, Stewart Copelan of Bully perform at The Haunt on Day 2 of The Great Escape on May 15, 2015 in Brighton, United Kingdom (Photo by Ollie Millington/Redferns via Getty Images)

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Alicia Bognanno is an ace at angst-y confessionals — you can’t get much more hardcore than the way she spits out lines like “Invisible handcuffs locked on me/Been praying for my period all week.” She brings a focused vision to her band’s debut, which she wrote, produced and engineered herself. Like Chastity Belt or Colleen Green, Bully hot-wire the roar of 1994 pop punk — they sound like two key influences might be both Veruca and Salt. Most of all, you hear Courtney Love in Bognanno’s bruised grunge howl. When she lights up a guitar rant like “Trying” or “I Remember,” she sounds like the world is caving in on her, but that doesn’t stop her from standing her ground.

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