Bully in the Hallway

Bully in the Hallway

 Chicago, Illinois, USA
BandRockPunk

Catchy, intelligent indie rock. We're champagne rock, we pop and we fizzle. And just like champagne never fades, we always linger in the minds of those who dare indulge. We pride ourselves in originality, saturation, and movement.

Biography

New music in 2013!

We're a high energy, all original act that has garnered comparisons to Fugazi, Bear Vs. Shark, Rise Against and Naked Raygun. In the past we've shared the stage with acts such as Titus Andronicus, the Smoking Popes, Riverboat Gamblers.

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The Chicago post-genre quintet, Bully in the Hallway, unleashed their sophomore self-release, “Crooks and their Castles”, on December 1st, 2011 at Chicago’s famed Empty Bottle, where they opened for Dax Riggs (formerly of Acid Baths + Deadboy & The Elephantmen). After their successful and much lauded debut self-release “Apples and Sunshine” in July of 2009, the band is ready to show off their maturation. With previous acclaim from blogs such as Consequence of Sound, “The truly refreshing aspect of Bully is their tendency to stray from the “yawn” music that dominates the indie-charts of today... This Chicago quintet is most definitely punk rock and embraces comparisons to Fugazi and other staples of the genre.” And after a busy 2010 and 2011 opening for Titus Andronicus, Riverboat Gamblers, and Smoking Popes to name a few, the band is rearing for everyone to hear their complete and abounding style. The Onion’s AV Club calls the band, “a nice synthesis of East Bay melodic punk (like Samiam) with its Midwestern forebears (like Naked Raygun and The Replacements).” The band is happy and much obliged to share the new album with you through streaming on SoundCloud or Bandcamp for your convenience. And if you would like a promotional copy or would like to arrange an interview/review, please contact us and we will be more than happy to provide you with whatever it is you may need from them.

“...(the)fast-paced guitar work (and) the multi-fold harmonies are awfully nice... There’s an intricate sophistication to most of (their songs)... If they keep this up, we may be talking about this Bully in the same breath as another Chicago band with punk tendencies who can carry a tune, and that’s Rise Against.”

-Consequence of Sound-

“The second coming of Naked Raygun?... Crooks is bursting with energy, excitement, and hooks. This only being Bully’s second full-length, the album proves that this is a band to keep an eye on.”

-The Big Takover & Examiner.com-

“This is the band's second self-released album and if they continue to make these types of leaps in their sound and presentation they will find a home label in 2012.”

-The Deli Magazine-

Lyrics

Chicago

Written By: John Matthew Simon

No one else has this swagger.
No one else creates this beat.
I’m a butcher of the guild,
The centralized beast.

Hey there Apples and Sunshine!
I’m barley, loose feet, and wine.
I’m stammered stink,
& rusted sinks.
While others shrink,
I unwind.

(Chorus)
I am a vagrant,
An ashtray for the wicked.
I am a tyrant,
The man that you don’t fuck with.

Hold my head High with Midwest Bravado,
That’s right suckers,
I Am Chicago!

Men with golden arms built me,
From the bones of Europe’s past.
They’ll never stop erecting,
Until I stand alone at last.

Hey there Apples and Sunshine!
I’m barley, loose feet, and wine.
I’m stammered stink,
& rusted sinks.
While others shrink,
I unwind.

(Chorus)
I am a vagrant,
An ashtray for the wicked.
I am a tyrant,
The man that you don’t fuck with.

Hold my head High with Midwest Bravado,
That’s right suckers,
I Am Chicago!

Welcome to my backyard blues,
To jazz your jumbled bones.
Consider me the muse,
To unlock all the unknowns.

Hey there Apples and Sunshine!
I’m barley, loose feet, and wine.
I’m stammered stink,
& rusted sinks.
While others shrink,
I unwind.

(Chorus)
I am a vagrant,
An ashtray for the wicked.
I am a tyrant,
The man that you don’t fuck with.

Hold my head High with Midwest Bravado,
That’s right mother fuckers,
I Am Chicago!

Advice

Written By: John Matthew Simon

I'm not free,
Just like advice.
Got my attention like graffiti.

And I'm at peace,
With this life,
Whether or not your with me...

What is it you want that you don't have, that you don't already have?
What is it you want that you don't have?

Deep in wrongs,
I need a right.
Caught spotlight like the city.
That's my city.

What is it you want that you can't have?

ADVICE!!!

She might flee,
From the city.
West the direction; forward thinking.

She's at peace,
With the beach; Sun saturation, winter fleeting.

What is you want that you don't have, that you don't already have?

What is it you want that you don't have?

Deep in wrongs,
She needs a right...

Might be affection,
Heart is bleeding.

What is it you want that you can't have?

ADVICE!!!

Discography

**ALL MUSIC AVAILABLE AT BULLYINTHEHALLWAY.COM**

New music in 2013!

"Crooks and their Castles" - new release, Dec 2011.

"Advice EP" - released 07 April 2010

Recorded and engineered by Mike Lust at Phantom Manor March 27, 28 and April 3 2010. Mastered at Carl Saff at Saff Mastering April 6th. Produced by Bully in the Hallway. Music and Lyrics by Bully in the Hallway.

Received local airplay on 93.1 WXRT, Fearless Radio (online) and 89.5 (Vocalo)

“Apples & Sunshine” - released 18 July 2009

Production: Bully in the Hallway
Music Written By: Bully in the Hallway
Saxophone on Tracks 8 and 11 By: Austin Mayer
All Lyrics By: Bully in the Hallway
Except On "Crossing The Bar" Lyrics By: Lord Alfred Tennyson
Engineering: Mike Lust at Phantom Manor
Mixing: Mike Lust at Phantom Manor
Mastering: Carl Saff at Saff Mastering
Artwork: Chris Mitchell at Piewindow.com

Received local airplay on WXQX Q101, 93.1 XRT, 88.7 WLUW and and 89.5 (Vocalo)

Set List

Example Set List

The Shake-Up!
ADVICE
Bad Mouth (Fugazi cover)
Magnanimous Corpses
Tight Pantz
Stick-Up Chicks
Another Lover
If I can’t have my CAKE and eat it too, then I’ll have pie.
You Got Me
Golden Bones
I’ve been meaning to say…
Punk Rock Dream Girl
Walk O’ Shame
She Don’t Use Jelly (Flaming Lips)
Chicago

Our sets are typically 45min to 1hr... We have a substantial song catalog which enables us to play long sets and double sets. We can also play 30min opening sets with non-stop fast music, great for prepping a crowd!

We rarely do covers. But when we do, it's relative to the show, venue, and other performers.