Gully Boys

The Gully Boys origin story plays out like the perfect domino effect. While sorting vintage clothes in a Minneapolis-area Ragstock in 2016, Kathy Callahan (she/her) shared her dream of becoming a vocalist with Nadirah McGill (they/them). After encouraging a friend from middle school, Natalie Klemond (she/her), to join the trio on bass, Nadi picked up a pair of drumsticks and counted off a cover of Best Coast’s “Girlfriend.”

From there, they had to master their instruments on the fly, growing as creatives while blossoming with their first material. After their debut EP landed online a year later, Gully Boys released their debut LP Not So Brave in 2018, earning Best New Band honors from their hometown City Pages and sharing the stage with everyone from The Hold Steady to Third Eye Blind. The band’s Phony EP arrived in late 2019 on the edge of a screeching halt.

Inspired by this break in the action, Favorite Son is a display of resilience and brilliance that brings the extremes of unprecedented times into full view. Gully Boys’ first for Get Better Records is fueled by grief but sustained on exultant self-reliance. It is important to mention, too, that Gully Boys’ mantras and music are tightly linked through community outreach. The band made meals for residents facing housing insecurity in southern Minneapolis in 2020 and repeatedly uses their platform as a base for resource sharing against white supremacy.

Favorite Son was produced by Zach Zurn at Carpet Booth Studios. Continuing the lineage of Gully Boys’ harmonious hybrid of garage, pop rock, and punk, the EP carries the weight of eighteen unforgettable months through pure kinetic energy. “The Way” and “I’m Not Yours” open the set with a jolting one-two punch from frantic percussion and even more anxious narratives with narrators ripping away the seams of uncomfortable relationships. This discomfort from a loss of control haunts the fragile “In Another Life,” a portrait of domestic life measured through several wasted decades, and “Russian Doll,” a sugar-coated alt-rock jammer about the bitter pill of screen time, retail therapy, and notification serotonin.

But Gully Boys’ mission comes through clearest on the title track, a throbbing and white-hot rejection of gender, where power is granted to favorite sons but usurped by these Boys. It’s a classic case of wolves in sheep’s clothing set to a fiery soundtrack, but it’s also a defiant reclamation of space and sound in a crowded, unnerving scene. While Gully Boys may not be here to completely burn it down, they’re here to rebuild it on their own terms, still learning as they go.

Past Shows


Dec
26
th
2021
7th St Entry
Dec
26
th
2021
7th St Entry
Cancelled

Gully Boys

December Residency
with King Pari, Lupin and Lars (of Yam Haus)
Dec
19
th
2021
7th St Entry
Dec
19
th
2021
7th St Entry

Gully Boys

December Residency
with The Sonder Bombs, niiice. and Blue Venus
Dec
12
th
2021
7th St Entry
Dec
12
th
2021
7th St Entry

Gully Boys

December Residency
with Raffaella, Boyish and Ivers
Dec
5
th
2021
7th St Entry
Dec
5
th
2021
7th St Entry

Gully Boys

December Residency
with Kiss the Tiger, Sass and EVV
Nov
13
th
2021
First Avenue
Nov
13
th
2021
First Avenue

The Hold Steady

with Gully Boys and Kiss the Tiger
Oct
19
th
2021
Fine Line
Aug
18
th
2021
Turf Club
Aug
18
th
2021
Turf Club
Jul
31
st
2021
Fine Line
Jul
31
st
2021
Fine Line

Gully Boys

with VIAL, bugsy and Dad Bod
Apr
3
rd
2020
Mainroom
Apr
3
rd
2020
Mainroom
postponed

The Hold Steady

with The Bad Man and Gully Boys
Mar
28
th
2020
Mainroom
Mar
28
th
2020
Mainroom
Cancelled

The Klituation Celebrating Womxn’s Month

with Gully Boys, NewBlackCity, Ricki Monique and more!
Mar
27
th
2020
Fine Line
Mar
27
th
2020
Fine Line
Cancelled

Nur-D and Gully Boys

with John Chuck and The Class
Dec
29
th
2019
7th St Entry
Dec
29
th
2019
7th St Entry

Gully Boys

with tiny deaths and Lydia Liza
Dec
22
nd
2019
7th St Entry
Dec
22
nd
2019
7th St Entry

Gully Boys

with Static Panic and VEIL (featuring members of Astralblak)
Dec
15
th
2019
7th St Entry
Dec
15
th
2019
7th St Entry

Gully Boys

with Marijuana Deathsquads and PURPLE ORANGE BEACH (P.O.S hardware set)
Dec
8
th
2019
7th St Entry
Dec
8
th
2019
7th St Entry

Gully Boys

with The Bad Man and Beasthead
Dec
1
st
2019
7th St Entry
Dec
1
st
2019
7th St Entry

Gully Boys

with PIERRE, HARPER’S JAR and Heart to Gold
Oct
31
st
2019
7th St Entry
Aug
18
th
2019
Turf Club
Aug
18
th
2019
Turf Club

Gully Boys

with Kitten Forever and Gender Confetti
May
31
st
2019
7th St Entry
May
31
st
2019
7th St Entry

Sass

with Gully Boys, DAISY CHAINS and Products
Feb
14
th
2019
Mainroom
Feb
14
th
2019
Mainroom

Heart Bones

with The Suffers and Gully Boys

More Shows

Apr
23
rd
7th St Entry

Powerglove

with Immortal Guardian
Jun
5
th
7th St Entry

A Wilhelm Scream

Mar
12
th
Turf Club

Suzanne Santo

May
15
th
Turf Club

Hatchie

with Caroline Loveglow