Throughout their impressive debut, Feels Like, Nashville natives Bully expertly couple cutting lyricism alt rock firepower. Turns out, they bring that same intensity even covering more lighthearted acts like Belle and Sebastian.
Bully tackle the Glasgow indie pop band’s 1996 track “Get Me Away From Here, I’m Dying”, turning it into a seething and scruffy number that could’ve easily found a home on Feels Like. There’s a heavy fog of distortion coating the whole thing, but thrashing guitars and frontwoman Alicia Bognanno’s biting vocals certainly make their presence known. Listen in below.
Why did you choose to cover this Belle & Sebastian track?
That song was more of a full-band pick. Our drummer and our bass player really love Belle & Sebastian. I’ve never really, really gotten into them, but when we were brainstorming ideas [about what to do for this month’s theme song], that one came up. I listened to the lyrics, and I thought it was really cool. It sounded like the opposite of how we sound, so I thought it would be fun to do a cover of it.
Do you relate to the lyrics?
No, I have a more optimistic outlook. But I just love the line, “Get me away from here, I’m dying.” It’s so overdramatic, and I love to sing it—I don’t know why, but it feels really good to scream it. I want to be all, “I feel like I can relate to the whole song,” but, honestly, it was just that line that swayed it for me.