York’s alt rock song smiths, Bull have released their debut album Discover Effortless Living earlier this year by EMI Records.

To celebrate, the band released Eugene, a mini-symphony of self-flagellation which trips through the various stages of feeling down on yourself (lethargy, frustration, anger etc) using tempo changes to paint an audio picture. It manages to be both melancholy and spritely at the same time, another example of the band’s idiosyncratic song writing.

“I wrote the song Eugene when I was feeling dissatisfied with what I was doing” said vocalist and guitarist Tom. “It’s kind of a self-hate song; you know when people talk about self-love? It’s not that. I’m slating myself; it moves through the key changes and different moods, and ends in a way that mocks the sadness, another form of self-deprecation!”

The band’s debut album, Discover Effortless Living is a cornucopia of alt rocks sounds, the band having refined their song writing style into thirteen indie bangers. The album includes previous singles such as Disco Living (actually an abbreviation of the album title) Green, Bonzo Please and Love Goo.

Formed in 2011 by vocalist and songwriter Tom Beer and guitarist Dan Lucas, Bull’s mission is simply to make the music they wanted to listen to, inspired by their 90’s heroes such Pavement, Yo La Tengo and the Pixies. The rest of the band came together through a mix of friendships and happenstance. Drummer Tom Gabbatiss joined after he and Tom jammed together in bars while they were back-packing round Thailand, and Kai West had previously used to jump up on stage with the band and ‘Bez’ (verb meaning to dance badly while intoxicated) before they eventually let him play bass.

They’ve played support shows for the likes of Squid, The Orielles, Pip Blom and even one of their long-time heroes in the form of Spiral Stairs (AKA Scott Kannberg of Pavement), and their constant gigging has seen them build up a dedicated local following. Not to be restricted to God’s own county, the band has plied their wares in mainland Europe, playing a series of unforgettable shows in Germany and the Netherlands. The band will be back on the road in 2021 with a full UK tour starting in September.



Date Venue
Wed 15th The Horn St. Albans
Fri 17th Green Door Store Brighton
Sat 18th Heartbreakers Southampton
Sun 19th Craufurd Arms Milton Keynes
Tue 21st The Portland Arms Cambridge
Wed 22nd Boileroom Guildford
Thu 23rd Brudenell Social Club Leeds
Fri 24th The Crescent York
Sat 25th Gathering Sounds Stockton
Sun 26th Hug & Pint Glasgow
Tue 28th Record Junkee Sheffield
Wed 29th The Lexington London
Thu 30th The Louisiana Bristol


Date Venue
Sun 10th The Cookie Leicester
Fri 22nd The Scene Lincoln
Sat 23rd A Slow Education York

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