It was a strong knee bending, headbanging opener with Big Ups. The band, originally from New York, has been on three tours with Bully. Their style is one to note. The raw emotion of Joe Galarraga, the singer lead the crowd. He danced around the mic cord with his continuous stage movement.
The Fine Line’s close and intimate venue added to the experience as the singer at times would hover over the audience – even so much that he apologized for eating a meatball sub 40 minutes before the performance. It was a fan-filled smoke background with the instrumental heavy rock punk sound.
Each member armored with water and a can of PBR, this noise-rocking band made tempo changes look easy. They grasped the art of a fast-pace blown out piece and follow it with an easy transition to a slower song masterfully. One of the favorites was “Wool” which is known to be the slowest song on their recent album Eighteen Hours of Static.
Big Ups has previously been known to give back to their community, with raising money for The Transgender Law Center and many others, during the concert they made an announcement that they are raising money for Unidos Por Puerto Rico as well.
Ending with sweat glistening foreheads, Bully transitioned on stage. With the baggy t-shirt and ripped jean grit, Alicia Bognanno unleashed her soft yet aggressive vocal style, opening with “Seeing It”. The songs sound as if it’s the beginning of a movie with a rebellious teen living their fun-loving lifestyle. The band has harnessed the power of lyrical poetics, striking their listeners emotions.
“Wow this is a lot of people,” said Bognanno gazing at the venue. The audience wouldn’t stop chanting at the singer’s aesthetic appearance throughout the duration of the concert.
The Nashville band ends with an encore performance of the infamous “Running.” Her voice laces with the guitars, emphasizing each other’s dimensions perfectly. Simultaneously, the crowds head nod in unison and hold up the occasional rock sign.