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Salad Days Magazine | March 28, 2023

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Bully: Vans Sidestripe Sessions

Bully: Vans Sidestripe Sessions
Salad Days

This week’s session features music by Alicia Bognanno AKA Bully. Bully performed two songs, ‘Where To Start’ and ‘Stuck In Your Head’ accompanied by art created by Saskia Keultjes.

As an audio engineer, Bognanno ultimately began to record her own demos and moved from her native Minnesota to Nashville, TN. Utilizing her abilities as an audio engineer, Alicia found herself in the middle of the boisterous Nashville indie rock scene. In 2014, she released an EP, ‘Bully’, followed by the band’s debut album, ‘Feels Like’ in 2015, and ‘Losing’ in 2017. Bognanno admits it isn’t always easy to be involved in so much of the process. In 2018 she told CleveScene, “You record a record, release the record, play shows, and then do it again. When I’m home, all I do is write. It’s a constant process.”
Casting any doubt aside, Bully is back with an all-new album, ‘Sugaregg’. The album addresses personal shifts and inner strife. Recently she explained to NME that the new album was a moment to prove to herself she could do it. “Being able to feel like I could rely on myself and the state of mind I was in gave me a lot of confidence back and boosted my self-esteem. I felt like both of those things had really plummeted for a while.”

Listen to Bully on the Vans Spotify Sidestripe Sessions Playlist

Art in this episode comes from Saskia Keultjes. Saskia is a German illustrator based in Brooklyn, NY. She specializes in illustrative branding, book illustration, and editorial. Recurring themes in Saskia‘s work include self-care, love, and improvement – often visualized with female characters and personal objects though she loves exploring all kinds of subjects. Saskia enjoys creating drawings in the medium of pen and ink (on paper) or creates digital lines that hold a similar, hand-made tangibility.

Music Credits:
‘Where To Start’
‘Stuck In Your Head’

About Vans:
Vans®, a VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) brand, is the original action sports footwear, apparel and accessories brand. Vans® authentic collections are sold in 84 countries through a network of subsidiaries, distributors and international offices. Vans® has over 2,000 retail locations globally including owned, concession and partnership doors. The Vans® brand promotes creative self-expression in youth culture across action sports, art, music and street culture and delivers progressive platforms such as the Vans Park Series, Vans Triple Crown of Surfing®, Vans Pool Party, Vans Custom Culture, and Vans’ cultural hub and international music venue, House of Vans.

Vans Top Athletes:
Anthony Van Engelen, Geoff Rowley, Kyle Walker, Chima Ferguson, Gilbert Crocket, Tony Trujillo, Elijah Berle, Rowan Zorilla, Lizzie Armanto, Joel Tudor, Leila Hurst, Nathan Fletcher, Dane Gudauskas, Tanner Gudauskas, Patrick Gudauskas, Mikey February, Dakota Roche, Scotty Cranmer, Kevin Peraza, Dennis Enarson, Larry Edgar, Angie Marino, Jake Kuzyk, Hana Beaman, Mary Rand.

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