As a member of The Airborne Toxic Event, Anna Bulbrook knew what it was like to be one of the few women musicians on stage at music festivals. “Most of the time, we’re at alternative radio festivals with Airborne, and I’ll be one of two or three women on a 20-band lineup,” Bulbrook told the LA Times. “It’s kind of nice to be the unicorn, because you’re memorable. But then sometimes it sucks to be the unicorn, because you’re lonely.”

    Determined not to feel lonely anymore, she and her co-collaborator in The Bulls, Marc Sallis (of The Duke Spirit), launched #GIRLSCHOOL, a concert series which sees its proceeds go to supporting “girl-positive non-profit organization[s].” Bulbrook tells Consequence of Sound that she felt compelled to “do something purely positive for other women and with other women” after witnessing the power of young girls at the Rock’n’Roll Camp for Girls LA.

    “Getting to fashion this little celebratory nest for a community of brilliant, driven, and talented people to connect and ‘do’ with one another has been the most meaningful and satisfying project I’ve taken on in a really long time,” Bulbrook says of #GIRLSCHOOL. “There are a lot of formidable female minds out there doing incredible things; we just want to highlight and give weight to the excellence we already see around us.”


    The series’ next residency will take place January 29th – 31st at Los Angeles’ Bootleg Theater, where The Bulls will perform alongside Gothic Tropic, Kera and the Lesbians, Kim & The Created, Kate Nash (DJ set), Nightjacket, and others. (Tickets and the full lineup can be found here.)

    In anticipation of the event, The Bulls have shared a one-off single called “Prudence”. With soft guitar lines plinking up underneath a dreamy hum of instrumentation, the track recalls mid-’90s dream pop at its finest. Bulbrook wrote the track about a real, dear friend of hers, and incidentally took vocal inspiration from the late, great, David Bowie. She says, “I was just starting to figure out my voice by aping different male vocalists whom I loved. Believe it or not, this was written when I was singing along to David Bowie every day, listening to his voice and trying to channel the smallest scrap of his spirit. Turns out he is, was, and always will be a thousand percent inimitable. At least by me.”

    Take a listen below.