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by Bruise

“Simple, rasping and glorious. Nine tracks of sharply defined power pop/rock melody with echoes of Placebo or Annie Lennox. Plus a lot more. Guitars are tastily wired, spangled and thundered. Vocals swoop, harmonise deliciously, then subvert.”
Genre: Pop: 80's Pop
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Album Notes
Isobel Morris' songs reflect a life of diverse experience. She has crossed continents several times. From her native Yorkshire, Isobel has travelled via the pork fields of Iowa to the ice fields of the Alaskan wilderness. It was in Anchorage that Isobel stumbled across her own glorious broken-stringed, open-tuned style. She travelled in the USA for five years road testing her songs at state fares and in pioneer bars.

Moving to London, she built herself a reputation as a singer, performer and writer of rare distinction. Accused of singing "morbid songs about sex and death" at the 12 Bar and the Kashmir Klub (in London) and at the Edinburgh Festival, she decided it was time to take the next step.Isobel experimented with musicians in various combinations and situations but nothing really clicked until she was introduced to session drummer Jim Kimberley. Originally from Essex, he'd been living in London's East End for a few years, recording and touring with the likes of Squeeze, Mark Knopfler, William Topley and Nick Heyward.

Jim had access to the most basic of home demo gear and a years experience of getting the best out of it in the classic DIY ethic. The musical understanding between Isobel and Jim was immediate and inspiring. They called their band Bruise and in the surroundings of Jim's council flat, using the lounge as a live room, dangling mics from light fittings, removing and laying carpets to get the right sound from the room - they have managed to create a striking, fresh and origional sound.

Bruise has played to audiences from York to Guernsey, Belgium to Bath and more recent trips to the USA have seen the band ripping it up in New York and Chicago. They have shared the bill with Feeder, Reef and Terrovision and, by invitation, supported Hawkwind on a recent national tour (sssh...check the secret track "Silver Machine" on their debut Album B. Hawkwind love it).


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Danny Chivers

I'm so glad I found this band...
I discovered this band by accident, by wandering past the small tent they were playing in at the Glastonbury Festival. They were one of the best things I'd heard the whole weekend, and I was baffled that they weren't playing in front of a bigger crowd. I'm very happy to say that this album captures the energy and passion of that live performance - every track is great, this is imaginative and original guitar-driven songwriting at its best. Buy this, and bask in the kudos of owning something great that your friends haven't heard of yet!

Jaap Koop

Goosebumps! From the first notes I heard from this album.

A league of their own, I do not feel the need for comparison with either Annie Lennox or Placebo. Plain beauty. Hasn't left the CD player since arrival.


This has to be the best CD I have heard in the last year. I know that sounds OTT but honestly I think that judgment will stand the test of time. I find it odd that Bruise is not one of the best known bands in the UK given the quality of this release.

Joe Miller

Impress your friends - play them this album!
People are always raving on about how independent DIY music is fantastic. It's rarely true. This is one of those rare albums. Think of it is a reward for everyone who's listened to too many bad bands, in the hope of finding a good one! Buy this album, play it to your friends and look cool as you got there first!

cloud nine and cloud seven

We love "B"!
Internet Music Radio, "Gone Fishing for Blue Skies", loves the world of Bruise.

Rose Kaufman

Excellent album
This album is beautifully done. There is not one song to skip and the hidden track is also excellent. I thank my mate in Yorkshire for telling me about Bruise and I can not wait to fly over there in December to see a gig.