bullyclub

bullyclub

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Bullyclub are a four-piece band that revels in making unapologetically melodic, literate guitar pop music. Music that can be big or little. It can be dense or simple. It’s like indie-rock that’s all grown up, or a singer-songwriter having a real bad day.

Biography

Bullyclub are a hard band to pin down. Neither a group of practicing bullies nor a collection of recovering meanies, they are instead a four-piece band that revels in making unapologetically melodic, literate guitar pop music. Music that can be big or little. It can be dense or simple. It’s like indie-rock that’s all grown up, or a singer-songwriter having a real bad day.

Singer/songwriter Doug Cowan found his voice in the wretched wasteland of 80’s Maine, sharpening his lyrical & visceral guitar chops on a succession of albums with Between Dreams and as the prime force in local heroes Pluck Theatre. Meanwhile, British born John Nunan toured Europe for 10 years as singer of The Omega Party before relocating to the safety of Portland, ME and the Bully drum stool in ‘97. Along with bassist Mark McDonough they formed the original nucleus of the band, then known as Bully Pulpit.

1999 saw the addition of genius guitarist/keyboard Jose Ayerve. Spanish speaking Ayerve also fronts his own outfit, the schizophrenic-pop band, Spouse as well as being an accomplished Engineer/producer.

2004 found the Bullies back in the studio for their third release. Josh Denkmire, formerly of Houston, Texas, joined on bass and Mark moved to guitar.

Lyrics

Failbetter

Written By: Doug Cowan

Always the bride
But there ain’t no aisle in this dive
And with ridiculous pride
You forever hold your…
You break and pick the low balls
I break to get a high ball
And pace in front of rainbows
Waiting to slide down.

Ever since I was little
Please answer me this riddle
Forever likes to end in the middle
When you’re caught up in…
Between noogies and pink bellies
My brother would always tell me
A soft, sullen guarantee
The way it should be.

There oughta be a law
A law like love
There oughta be a law
Something you can’t run from.

Spent the day on the floor
Mourning the night before
When I lost the humor and she found the bore
The best kept secret…
That picture locked in your locket
And the ring stuck in my front pocket
I was waltzing but she was a rocket
My great white hope.

Try.
I’ll fail better.

Discography

likesongs - 2001

1. Fourth of Never
2. Sickiss
3. Sol is High
4. Pick...
5. Laundromat Lullaby
6. Dummy
7. Leonard Cohen's Bones
8. Sad Assassin Sat
9. Babbleluck
10. Fail Better [MP3]*
11. Minutes of the Last Meeting
Bonus track: St. Valentine's [MP3]

Tenderhooks - 2003

1. Hello
2. Devil Only Knows
3. Waiting [MP3]*
4. The Trouble With Waiting
5. Cheap Blue Tattoo
6. Steady Shaky
7. Wooden Rocker
8. Schroeder
9. Nightmares Are Good Things
10. Florida, Maine
11. Soccer Mom/Dandelion

Babbleluck - 2006

1. Assisted Living
2. Rocket
3. Shinola
4. Dandelion
5. Down Low
6. Twice on Sunday
7. Can't Hardly Wait
8. Sick
9. Paper Cuts
10. Heavier Than Metal

COMPILATIONS
Greetings From Area Code 207 - Volume VI
released: 11.2005
Featuring: Rocket

Volume IV
released: 11.2003
Featuring: Hello

Volume III
released: 11.2002
Featuring: Cheap Blue Tattoo

Several tracks in rotation on WCLZ

Set List

12 - 20 song set list drawing on songs from all 3 albums. We are an originals band, but have been known to throw in the odd 80's cover for fun.