Playing upbeat but noisy indie rock with pop hooks and more than a slight grunge influence, Bully was founded by vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist Alicia Bognanno. The group emerged with a self-titled EP in 2014. Bully made its Sub Pop debut with second full-length Losing in 2017 before moving forward as a solo project.
Originally from Rosemount, Minnesota, Bognanno didn't show a great interest in music when she was young, but in high school she discovered that her school offered elective courses through an alternative education center located at a nearby zoo, and one of the classes was in audio engineering. Bognanno signed on for the classes and discovered she had a knack for working with recording gear. She was soon creating loops and beats for friends who liked hip-hop, and the experience kick-started her desire to write and sing her own songs.