Chris Bullinger comes on strong with his new animated video for the single Kiss You Bye-Bye — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
The latest release and closing track from his recent album How To Bleed, Kiss You Bye-Bye smacks you right between the eyes with a barnburning blast of old-school guitar-rock cut with dashes of punk, blues and roots. Between the hard-driving beat, the chunky guitars and Bullinger’s gravel-throated vocals, it could be a deep cut from a long-lost ’70s album by a killer Australian outfit like Rose Tattoo.
Not bad for a guy who was told in the second grade that he couldn’t sing. Good thing Bullinger 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 U.S. 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.
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 100 songs and 1,000 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.