Chris Bullinger has today released his new album titled ‘How To Bleed’. Avant rock with a signature sound, Chris takes his music and wraps his original voice around each track and divides his music into a set of totally outside-the-box earnest and timeless music.
Each song is memorable in it’s own right, but together we get a glimpse of the mind behind the music. Think old school flavor with new age charm. While you get that feeling, as you listen, that each song is telling a story, you realize that the story is the music itself. And that story is ongoing.
About ‘How To Bleed’
The 12-track collection examines the human condition, exploring the emotions and the struggles of a man aiming to persevere while being dealt an intricate hand. Despite the subjects, Bullinger creates a positive atmosphere, even amid life’s challenges, through effervescent lyrics and an informal and casual songwriting approach. How To Bleed is available to stream or download on all major streaming platforms.
“Lou Reed made an album a while back with just two guitars, a bass, and a drum,” Bullinger says, regarding the straightforward approach to the album. “It is strange to think that that was a crazy concept. His point was, what else do ya really need? I agreed, so that’s what we did on How To Bleed.”
Chris Bullinger’s personality, which runs rampant throughout How To Bleed, can possibly be best described by one phrase: Chris doesn’t like being told what he can’t do. His musical talent has consistently demonstrated an ability to perceive both the splendor and suffering inherent in life, and then present them in tandem with his own distinctive style. He posits that songwriting is built on three fundamental pillars: observation, deep empathy, and rhythmic expression. As such, he is a discerning chronicler of human experiences, frequently honing in on a single, significant moment, empathetically engaging with it, and then amplifying that instance through rhythm.
This perspective on life is palpable on the album’s title track, “How To Bleed,” as well as the previous single, “Flowers in the Rain,” and “Up On Blocks,” the debut single from How To Bleed.
“This story ends about the way it begins with a slightly different attitude, which—like in life—makes all the difference,” Bullinger said. Produced by Josh Halper and Harrison Luna and engineered and mixed by Drew Carroll, both tracks represent the second chapter of The Bomb Shelter Trilogy, named after the studio in Nashville, Tennessee, where three full-lengths will be recorded. With radiant energy that exudes a carefree, happy environment built from a sometimes imperfect world, How To Bleed is an album that speaks to the common man’s heart.
About Chris Bullinger
In the second grade, Chris Bullinger was told that he can’t sing. But Chris doesn’t like being told what he can’t do. He began writing poetry at a young age and songs sometime thereafter. Born and raised in the Midwest, Chris has lived here and there and now spends a lot of time in Nashville and Asheville. His musical influences include Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt and Steve Earle.
Chris writes about truth more than fact. He believes the process of songwriting — and art in general — comprises three key components: observation, empathy, rhythm. Accordingly, he is an astute observer of the human condition, often focusing on one key instant, empathizing with it, and then expanding that moment through rhythm. This technique results in a creation that is both personal and universal, as Chris draws from succinct instances of personal human existence, which necessarily are relatable to the observer.
Chris is a champion of the underdog. He’s been known to take strays home, and he’s been known to wander. He sees the beauty and pain in existence. And every now and then he’s fortunate enough to put a tune to it.
Chris has written more than a hundred songs and a thousand poems, and recorded a couple albums back in the day. He took a hiatus after those first two albums for reasons unknown, or at least unexplained but he went back in the studio to make album three: True Rendition, which will be released soon. The hiatus is over: Chris can sing.