Yeah – we like ‘different.’ And THIS is most certainly, ‘DIFFERENT!’
(The video is a little disturbing perhaps, and personally speaking the jury’s still out on the musical content, but there’s no denying it’s absolutely compelling!)
BITTER RUIN formed in 2007 in Brighton when Ben Richards and Georgia Train met at music school.
Although the pair understood each other musically, their dramatically opposing musical tastes helped form the unique sound of the band. Georgia had a history of Musical Theatre and Art, she listened to the likes of Fiona Apple, Regina Spektor and The Talking Heads whereas Ben preferred Rock, with the occasional tortured writer; Jeff Buckley and Metallica.
Bitter Ruin themselves describe their music as ‘Contemporary Expressionism’ meaning that the style of music will change continuously as the lyrics, emotion and purpose of expression does. The most important feature of the music is it’s passion and musical intelligence. The only unifying theme between songs is the lyrical tendency towards the darker side of life and the naked instrumentation. Bitter Ruin are attracted to the tortured souls and angst within many hard done by and they like to belt it out with the power of Aretha Franklin.
Being described by others as Noir, Indie, Rock, Punk, Cabaret, Folk, Soul, Musical Theatre, Flamenco, Classical and so many more sub genres has helped Bitter Ruin pick up fans from the most unlikely of places. Bitter Ruin ask you to listen and make up your own mind. “We don’t mind what people want to call us, as long as they GET IT” is the band message.
Early 2010 Bitter Ruin were contacted by Amanda Palmer of The Dresden Dolls to play a show with her at KOKO, London. The band of course said yes. However, The Icelandic Volcanic ash cloud smothered America and Amanda’s visit to the UK looked doubtful. Amanda made it to the UK but minus a support band. So Bitter Ruin stepped in for the whole UK & Ireland leg. This led to one sold out headline a UK & European tour, an American tour in October, as well as a release of the album ‘Hung, Drawn & Quartered’. Within that whirlwind, Bitter Ruin played with musicians such as The Dresden Dolls, The Tiger Lillies, Melissa Auf Der Maur, Meow Meow, Jason Webley and Sxip Shirey. It is also fair to say that they picked up a fair few famous fans, but still remain an independent self releasing music force but that appears to be about to change…
Aug : 25th – HMV Picture House, Edinburgh with Amanda Palmer / 26th – The Arches , Glasgow with Amanda Palmer / Sept : 1st – Brighton, Concorde 2 with Amanda Palmer / 2nd – London, Heaven with Amanda Palmer / 5th – The Cluny, Newcastle with Duke Special / 7th – Glee Club, Birmingham with Duke Special / 9th – The Donkey, Leicester with Duke Special / 13th – Le Sentier Des Halles, Paris / 15th – Stereo, York / 17th – HMV Institute, Birmingham with Joe Black / 18th – Pup Aid, Brighton (pet charity festival) / 20th – The Sugar Club, Dublin / 22nd – The Brunswick, Brighton / 23rd – The Spice of Life, London