Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Former Bullies - Stranger
On Stranger, Former Bullies' new album for CF Records and Towed By The Ghost, main man Nick Ainsworth has fashioned eleven songs with the leftover emotional parts from the termination of a long romantic relationship, glued together with an affirmation of life and some very jaunty hooks and melodies. It may have originated with some open wounds, and built in the garage (or more likely, the basement), but as a slice of guitar pop, it runs like a top-flight, fully warrantied machine. There are echoes of '60s guitar pop here, and even some surf rock touches on some songs (including the title track). Concision is important, with the less-than-three-minutes running time ensuring that no nugget overstays its welcome. It always is better to invite your listeners to hit the replay button rather than the skip button. A couple of the songs are provided below, but we think every song on the album is a keeper. So give the streams below a play, but we recommend following the Bandcamp links and living with the albums for a while. I expect you'll want to take them home and make them part of your life.
Former Bullies are Nick Ainsworth (guitar/vocals), Matthew Taylor (bass) and Tom Settle (drums/guitar/vocals). Stranger is the band's fourth album, and you can get it at the Bandcamp links below.
CF Records' Bandcamp page for Stranger