Not Steve, but in my opinion start your bulk when you're already well into PR territory on a consistent basis. Then add in the calories to sustain more PRs for more months.
A lot of guys do it in reverse; they bulk and then the strength comes. No! This is obvious, you bulk and of course you'll get stronger by default that doesn't mean your effort in the gym was upto par. You should already be gaining some strength before you add in more calories. Get a consistent run of PRs under your belt, get comfortable with working hard, do all the work to build up to a consistent flow in the gym THEN add in more calories.