A rocker’s path to glory typically doesn’t involve any time spent en pointe. But Eleanor Bull’s no typical rocker. The former ballerina pirouetted into balls to the wall music and she’s ready to shred her heart out.
Toronto’s Lenny Bull released their debut EP Sharp Teeth last week. Inspired by classic rockers like The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen and early punk bands like The Clash and The Nerves, the EP is a five-track introduction to the upbeat and in-your-face personality of the four-piece that named itself for its frontwoman to avoid band name stress.
Lenny Bull, “Somebody’s Girl”
“I wanted it to feel really lighthearted,” Bull tells BTRtoday. “I wanted to stray away from being so drawn into this negative headspace, cause I think when I’m pissed off that’s where I’m at anyways and I don’t want my songs to be like that.”
Bull moved to Toronto to become a ballerina. But while recovering from a dance-related injury she picked up the guitar and never put it down again. “I think I got really addicted to songwriting,” she says. “It was a natural transition to creating songs instead of dancing.”
Her early music-writing was steeped in twang and bluegrass, reflecting her love for Lucinda Williams and Linda Ronstadt. It wasn’t until her guitarist Evan Fowler got her into The Rolling Stones and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers that the band’s sound started to develop.
“[Fowler] plays like Keith Richards, that’s his ultimate compliment,” Bull says about her guitarist. Bull’s passionate vocals add a burst of energy and empowerment, especially on her personal favorite song to perform live, “Don’t Talk About It.”
Lenny Bull, “Don’t Talk About It”
“It’s really about not giving a fuck, balls to the walls, ‘I don’t care what you think about me, stop talking about me, if you do whatever,’” says Bull about “Don’t Talk About It.” The entire EP is catchy and optimistic but badass.
Bull says she hopes people put this album on in their car, unapologetically rock out at red lights and embrace their inner awesomeness.
The group is writing more music for a follow-up EP before hitting the road in Canada. In the meantime, listen to the entire interview with Lenny Bull and Sharp Teeth in its entirety on this week’s The Music Meetup.