London, United Kingdom
Someone once said 'blend the songwriting sensibilities of Joni Mitchell, the production values of Genesis and the epic pop of the Eurhythmics and you come close to describing what Bruise have on offer'. Whether that's accurate or otherwise, Bruise are certainly a unique proposition
and the range of their work - ranging from the glorious gritty aggression of, for example, 'Mr Rat' to the tenderness of something like 'Someone Else's Garden' - Bruise's sound comes with a razor edge masked in an aural rainbow of colours and textures.
Isobel's distinctive and compelling voice was first heard in folk clubs before moving to Alaska where she formed her first band The Pagan Cowgirls, who were privileged to support American singer Leanne Rhymes. On her return from the US, Isobel began her collaboration with drummer and multi-instrumentalist Jim Kimberley who’s extensive experience playing with greats such as Squeeze(UK), Niagara(FR) and Mark Knopfler(UK) brought a wealth of production knowledge and an unstoppable groove. In recent years they have been touring the UK and US in duo and, occasionally, trio form where Bob Kelly normally holds down the bass position. Their live shows range from the ragingly powerful to goose bump inducing intimacy, with Isobel’s charismatic stage presence nodding to the likes of Patty Smith and PJ Harvey. Bruise have already graced big UK festivals such as Glastonbury, The Big Green Gathering, The Rhythm Festival and others, although their set is equally suited to more intimate clubs and venues. This year they made their first appearance at major European festival Appelpop and with international airplay from Japan to the US, sessions on the BBC, as well as endorsement from quality music press, this band are cutting a very individual swathe through the industry to impressive effect.