Anna Bulbrook, the multi-talented violinist/keyboardist/tambourinist/occasional vocalist for The Airborne Toxic Event, has been teasing a forthcoming release from her new band The Bulls since way back in October, when Bulbrook and guitarist Marc Sallis premiered their first song, “Come Unwound.”
Almost 10 months later, The Bulls are ready to take flight with their debut EP, titled Small Problems. Set to drop Aug. 28, the EP is now available for pre-order on iTunes, with the title track available for immediate download.
The latest single shares much in common with the previous one, most notably Bulbrook’s spacey, reverberating vocals and candid, impactful lyrics that provide an intimate window into a troubled relationship. Musically, “Small Problems” betrays Bulbrook’s fondness for what she calls “big fuzzy guitars,” which burst into an impassioned solo following the second chorus – a refrain that finds the singer imploring her lover, “You’ve gotta change your heart.”
Speaking with Consequence of Sound earlier this week, Bulbrook provided some insight into the song:
My take on it was that the “I” in the song is addressing a stunted or closed-off lover who views love for another — real, romantic love — as some peripheral “small problem.” You know, as something unimportant next to their super-important self. But I like that it’s open to interpretation.
A press release announcing the EP describes how Bulbrook and Sallis connected over their shared musical tastes.
The two musicians had run into one another several times on the touring circuit over the past few years, and finally pulled the cord on a collaboration once the topics of the subversive albums of the 80s new wave scene, and the 90s shoegaze that followed it. After the release of their debut single “Come Unwound” and the apparent adoption of the new outfit by both artists’ fan bases, the EP became a “must have” by fans and a “must do” by Bulbrook and Sallis.
The Bulls will be headlining the renowned Monday Night residency at Los Angeles’ The Satellite in August. The five free Monday Night shows will support the release of Small Problems on August 28.
Small Problems will be released on August 28 via Diet Pink Records.
Glen is the founder and editor of This Is Nowhere. He’s grateful for an understanding wife and kids who indulge his silly compulsion to chase a band all over the Pacific Northwest (and occasionally beyond) every time the opportunity arises.