Earlier this year on my 3rd UK vacation, my first full non jet-lagged night in London was spent at the venerable Old Blue Last catching a few bands I'd written about here. On the bill that night at the Art is Hard Family Portrait release show, Fruit Bombs, Bruising, and Abattoir Blues. Fruit Bombs were new to me and I enjoyed their energetic offering of pop-punk sounds, and I loved the brooding growl of Abattoir Blues and their stage diving antics, but I was there to see Bruising.
The Leeds based 4-piece bring a delicious contrast of raw guitars and sweetly sung vocals to the stage, and they didn't disappoint that night. Hearing favorites "Can't You Feel" and "Think About Death" kicked my 15 day vacation in the right direction. Sadly, in all of the madness of the night (lots of drinks), I didn't catch up with anyone from the band, next time, Ben.
Now they're back with new material. This time out they took to Suburban Home Studios in Leeds to record the single with Hookworms’ MJ, which made for a fuller and richer sound yet maintaining that subtle ragged edge from the already fantastic band. For the release, they reconnected with London's Beech Coma Records (also an Aimless Skylarking favorite) for a 7 inch set for a late November release. Three options -- digital only, 7" vinyl, or 6 times a year Singles Club which promises extra goodies along the way. Either way, you can't lose with this band and label. Listen in on the band's new track below, "Emo Friends".