Yorkshire bred indie scallywags, Bull release their brand new EP ‘Stuck between the Virtual and Physical World’ on EMI records.
The band have also released a new video for the track ‘Magazine’ from the E.P. Inspired by Howard Devoto’s seminal post-punk band Magazine, the track is something of a stylistic shift for the band, centred around woozy synth lines, a clattering drum machine and a dreamlike vocal from newest member Holly Beer.
“’Magazine’ is a stream of consciousness song, it’s just some thoughts popping into my head as they arrived” principal songwriter Tom explains. “Stylistically it’s an unusual one for us based around keyboard lines and a crappy drum machine beat. We also decided that Holly would sing the lead on this as we thought the pitch and tone of her voice suited the dreamyness we were going for with the song.”
An exercise in eclecticism, ‘Stuck between the Virtual and Physical World’ is made up of 4 tracks that find the band experimenting in new genres. “The EP is split between two kinds of music, but it’s still very much BULL” Tom continues. “It’s newish territory for us as a band, we were inspired by more time in lockdown and more time in the studio to mess around. This resulted in the sort of post funk sound on ‘Stuck!’ and ‘Tired of being treated like a Twit’, and the dreamy synth rock on ‘Neil Buchanan’ and ‘Magazine’.” But as ever with Bull the songs are what they’re about.
The EP is the first new material since they released their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Discover Effortless Living’ in 2021.
The band have recently completed a UK wide tour with their friends and musical kindred spirits Feet and will be playing festivals throughout the summer as well as supporting close personal friends Pavement in Leeds.