Bruising have been a band for less than a year but they’ve already shown glimmers of brilliance. From the taunting stare of ‘Can’t You Feel‘ through the skuzzy party of ‘Think About Death‘, the band have shown a wicked sense of promise and with ‘Emo Friends‘, their debut single, all that potential crashes into glorious reality.
“The idea was to kind of play on the whole ‘moody band’ in videos and photos thing ‘cos we’re so far from that… We wanted to include loads of our friends having the best time while we look pretty pissed off about the whole thing, explains guitarist Ben Lewis. “The end of Emo Friends is my favourite part of our set, it’s such a release to play, feels really cathartic, so I guess the food fight at the end is trying to capture that, and we all know there’s nothing more cathartic than getting punched in the face with a piece of chocolate cake.” Quite.
‘Emo Friends’ is out November 20th via Beech Coma and comes backed with a rerecorded version of early demo ‘Honey‘. Preorder it here.
The band are heading off around the UK this November with Los Campesinos! before a free London headline show all of their own. Details below.
18 Bristol, Exchange*
19 Glasgow, Stereo*
20 Leeds, Brudenell Social Club*
21 Brighton, Hope & Ruin*
22 London, Rough Trade West (3pm)
22 London, Scala*
23 London, The Victoria, Dalston