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Reviews/nice statements:

“Bull gave a flawless performance demonstrating the kind of professionalism that only comes through relentless gigging.” Trawler Music – Hull

York Mix Magazine – “Songwriter Tom Beer is the lyrical force fronting this exciting four-piece. They are moving too fast to be labelled. Their repertoire defies categorisation, swooping between garage pop evoking the spirit of the Ramones or the Velvet Underground, then the next minute taking you into the shoegazey territory of Ride or Slowdive from the mid 1990s.
But they are just as likely to spring a surprise and throw in a lo-fi indie pop tune or an edgy alt-rock song.
Tonight they are unveiling their debut album and playing it in its entirety live, in playlist order. They could just be on the edge of lift-off.”

Soundsphere Magazine – “they make beautiful alternative indie that attacks the senses in the same way as early Pixies or The Pumpkins. Bull were made for big stages. Absolutely. Galtres 2013 marks our favourite show from this lot, and great things are on the horizon. As ever, the clear highlight of the set is ‘Newt’. Stunning.” – Review, Galtres festival

Soundsphere magazine – “The reverie was uproariously and quite joyously broken by one of York’s best current rock exports, Bull. This bright-eyed gang of grunge devotees meld Pixies/Pumpkins riffing with vocal harmonies straight out of a ‘Destroy all Angels’-era Ash track to create pop-rock gold. Add some boisterous post-Arctics indie-rock urgency into the mix and it isn’t hard to see why people are getting excited about this band.” – Review – YO1 festival

Patrick Lee – “They are catchy and simultaneously both serious and fun.”

“Originality, brilliance, achieved in reference and pastiche: Bull, you passed the test. You have furthered the cause.”

Pete Wise – “It’s taken Bull no time at all to become one of the very best bands in the city. Blending harmony-heavy indie nouse with a twist of Pixies dynamism, these guys have hit on a formula that makes for essential listening.”

Christopher Nosnibor – “Bull’s brand of guitar driven indie rock is massive on melody and huge on harmonies. They’re also pretty strong in the energy department. In the haircut department perhaps not so much, but who cares about image when you’ve got songs?”

James Barton – “BULL are a fuzzed-up four piece based out of York proving to almost everyone in town that they’ve got the right idea. With influences gushing out of their undercarriages, their ‘Yuck-meets-Pixies’ brand of give-a-fuck lo-fi noise rock cuts through with the songs to match. Currently recording their new EP, these boys are out to cause a stir…”

Pete Wise, One and other magazine – “a sterling set from one of York’s finest new pop outfits, Bull. The formula these guys adopt seems to go something like: take some 90’s pop rock influences, shape those into simplistic modern pop tracks and nail it every single time. It works incredibly well for them, and combined with the kind of endearing ramshackle spirit they exude, offers an end product that’s both polished and soulful at the same time. Perfection, if you’re in the mood for a spot indie-infused pop-punk, with a hint of grunge and great harmonies.”

York Mix – “York based indie pop, frequently compared to Pixies, but there are certainly influences from Smashing Pumpkins and – I think – The Lemonheads too. Listen to Bus Stop.”

Jericho Keys, BBC Introducing – “York band Bull, who fuse 90s grunge echoing that ever-popular American indie sound. Their songs are instant, full of raw energy and guaranteed to get you hooked.” – Soundsphere Magazine

Galtres Festival Review – “BULL followed up with an excellent set: the performance was chirpy, chatty and upbeat, and their brand of 90s US indie / college rock, that’s melodic and harmony-rich is the kind of stuff 6 Music loves, and proves that being unsigned is by no means an indication of a lack of talent.” – Christopher Nosnibor

One and Other, Galtres review – “Starting off at the BBC unsigned sponsored Black Howl stage, we saw York four piece Bull. Despite there being far too much seating provided for a rock and indie tent, they managed to get the crowd lively with their own brand of excellently executed slacker rock, think Dinosaur Jr. mixed with Mcfly.”

One and Other – “Local band Bull were next up, continuing the eclectic theme of the evening’s support with their nineties American-indie tunes with clear influences from Pavement and The Pixies. Having seen Bull a lot over the last year, they’ve grown tighter and more polished; their unassuming on-stage presence belies their grungy guitar-orientated sound fronted by the talented Tom Beer.” – Mike Powell



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