“I was down and out, now I’m up and in,” chants Katie Bulley at the end of Up & In, with vocals reminiscent of Gwen Stefani circa her No Doubt days.
A little riot grrl, a little bluesy, and a little awesome, Bulley’s sound is a cool mash-up of indie-rock and rockabiliy with a dash of feminine sass.
Bulley, formerly lead vocalist for the Hamilton, ON all-girl band The Barettas, has been a lone wolf for some time now. She’s just finished recording her first ever solo album Sun Wolf (set to drop this spring) at Sun Studios in Memphis, TN.
It’s always sad when a great local band calls it quits, but for Bulley, it seems that it was the right move to leave the band. She’s given herself the opportunity to demonstrate her own full repertoire of skills.
In anticipation for the release of her album, Bulley’s released the music video “Up & In” off the album, the first music video off the record. The video is a charming vintage-y homage to rock and roll photographer, Bob Gruen.
Bulley’s strong personality shows in nearly everything she does. Her words are elegantly chosen, her wit is sharp and her music is playful, with a hook.
Going alone for an artist has the risk of being quite a rocky experience, but Bulley’s really pulling through, with spunk.
In an email to MonkeyBiz, she writes:
“This Lone Wolf has transformed to a Sun Wolf. Optimistic times have begun! “
Going alone this way lets Bulley’s unique, breezy attitude come through in her music. It’s fun and catchy, and worth checking out.
Bulley’s raising money for the finished album, help the lady out here.
“Bless you even for a dollar. I’ll be tending the bar hoping you holler. If you can’t spare it well that’s ok, we’re in the same boat, sailin’ on and away,” wrote Bulley.