Alicia Bognanno of Bully at Hopscotch Music Festival
|Origin||Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.|
|Labels||Startime, Columbia, Sub Pop|
|Past members||Stewart Copeland|
Bully was founded by Rosemount, Minnesota native Alicia Bognanno, who earned a degree from Middle Tennessee State University in audio recording before getting an internship at Steve Albini's Electrical Audio studios in Chicago. She started recording demos of her own material before relocating to Nashville, Tennessee, where she worked as an engineer at Battle Tapes Recording and The Stone Fox venue. She joined Nashville power pop band King Arthur before starting her own band in mid-2013, recruiting drummer Stewart Copeland (not to be confused with Stewart Copeland, former drummer for The Police), guitarist Clayton Parker, and bassist Reece Lazarus.
After self-releasing a limited cassette, the band's first single proper, "Milkman", was released in April 2014. They signed with Columbia Records label Startime International and released their debut album Feels Like in June 2015.