Announce new single, ‘I Don’t Mind’
Due 2nd December via Beech Coma
UK Tour dates inc.
London’s Shacklewell Arms on 12th December
Bruising will release new single ‘I Don’t Mind’ on December 2nd via Beech Coma, backed by B-side ‘Rest In Peace Kurt Donald Cobain (1967-1994)’.
The band will also play Manchester in November and tour the UK in December, including London’s Shacklewell Arms on 12th. Dates are as follows…
Friday 4th November – DIY Presents at Fallow Cafe, Manchester
Saturday 3rd December – Fan Club at Rough Trade, Nottingham
Sunday 4th December – Hope and Ruin, Brighton
Monday 5th December – Picturehouse Social, Sheffield
Wednesday 7th December – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Thursday 8th December – Think Tank, Newcastle
Friday 9th December – Roll For The Soul, Bristol
Sunday 11th December – The Blue Moon, Cambridge
Monday 12th December – The Shacklewell Arms, London
Initial praise came in thick and fast from high places for the band – Perfect Pussy’s Meredith Graves and Andrew W.K are both fans, for instance, and the past year has seen the four-piece play a run of sold-out shows with Mitski, Los Campesinos! and Waxahatchee – but Bruising took their time in following up last year’s acclaimed debut single ‘Emo Friends’ / ‘Honey’. Front-woman Naomi Baguley spent a year studying in Berlin, meaning that the band swapped demos over email until their ideas became fully formed. Guitarist Ben Lewis would write the music in his Leeds bedroom, and Baguley would write her lyrics and melodies from Germany. ‘I found myself feeling lonely in Berlin, with a lot of time to read and write for myself’, Baguley says, and this sense of loneliness is the driving force in both ‘I Don’t Mind’ and ‘Rest In Peace…’.
‘I Don’t Mind’ showcases the best of Bruising’s pop sensibilities, with hooks that are both blistering and bashful. Whilst Lewis’ guitar work is commanding and venomous, the focus in the studio was on communicating the sentimental lyrics. ‘“I don’t mind” is a sweet phrase’, Baguley explains ‘It’s supportive and comforting, not as passive as it seems. Whatever you are going through or whatever you need to be – I don’t mind’. Whilst recording with Hookworms’ MJ at his newly reopened Suburban Home Studios in Leeds, the band collaborated with the engineer, adding layers of vocals and textures to the lyrics. Backed by now permanent members James Thurley (bass) and Stephanie Anderson (drums), the result is an infectious yet melancholic pop song.
Previously known as ‘Ripped’, but now returning to its original title – a private joke between the band whilst recording initial demos – B-side ‘Rest In Peace Kurt Donald Cobain (1967-1994)’ wears its influences on its sleeves. Whilst the title has its tongue placed firmly in its cheek, the song’s lyrics play an integral role. Baguley cites Mitski’s ‘First Love / Late Spring’ as a lyrical inspiration – specifically the line ‘Wild women don’t get the blues’, to which Baguley responds with ‘I used to be wild’ over a brooding and rising wave of guitar feedback.
‘I Don’t Mind’ will be released on 2nd December 2016 via Beech Coma, with a 7” version to follow in January 2017. Pre-orders are available here. The single is the fifth instalment of a six-part subscription series from the label, part-funded by Arts Council England, which has so far seen releases from Holy Now, Lou E and Posture.
Critical Acclaim for Bruising
“Bruising have been preventing me from careening into ennui… This kind of shit gives me hope” – Pitchfork
“The pick of the bunch, a sugary rush of noisy Pixies guitars and soft, sweet, addictive vocals” – NME
“One of those improbable bands who have somehow managed to make 100% fantastic music despite only being together for less than a year” – Noisey
“One of the UK’s most exciting new bands” – DIY
‘Honey’ – Track of the Week – BBC 6 Music
About Beech Coma
The Beech Coma label was formed in 2014 to provide a sustainable platform for new artists to grow from. Now in its third year and based in Leeds, the label has worked with more than 50 acts including Magic Potion, Tuff Love, Abattoir Blues, Lazy Day, Jay Som and Breathe Panel across multiple critically acclaimed sold-out releases. In August 2015, the label was awarded funding by Arts Council England and started the Beech Coma Singles Club, a bi-monthly 7” subscription series set up to provide a platform and resources for musicians, videographers and artists based in the UK.
“The UK’s most exciting DIY collective” – The Guardian
“One of the UK’s most promising new labels” – NME
“Paving the way for forward thinking alt-pop” – DIY