San Francisco, CA
Balancing the tightrope between indie and mainstream rock, THE BRUISES embrace incredibly catchy choruses, dueling female vocal harmonies, and a serrated double guitar attack. Tipping their hats to acts such as Lush, that dog., and Sleater-Kinney, the band has forged a sound that is both unique and timeless.
"We just make music we like, without trying to be a part of any fad or musical trend," says guitarist/singer Jen Black. "I'd like to think that someone 10 or 20 years from now could enjoy our songs the same way they do at this moment.
THE BRUISES were formed in 2001 when Black, formerly of Illinois indie outfits The Velouria Beat and the Forecast, met acoustic singer-songwriter Aja Blue (yes, those are their real names). Initially hailing from Peoria, IL, the girls started out as a not-so-typical acoustic duo, bringing forth genuine rock energy to their live performances and to their 2002 LP "Last Summer". The two toured relentlessly across the US in support of the album, which garnered critical acclaim from the press and fans alike
The year 2004 brought much change for THE BRUISES. Aja and Jen ditched the acoustic guitars and went electric, bringing into fruitation the harder-edged sound they'd always envisioned. They moved to Los Angeles, CA, where they showcased their new sound with the EP "Ladies and Gentlemen...." Audiences along the West Coast went wild for the Bruises, and tracks from the EP were featured on MTV's "Parental Control" and the HERE Network's "Dante's Cove"
After a year in LA, Black and Blue relocated to San Francisco, CA where they immediately began packing local clubs with their engaging live show. The Bruises come out with guitars swinging and hands in the air, delivering an intense set that won't soon be forgotten. In late 2006, the band went into the studio with producer Scott Tusa (Scissors For Lefty, Matt Lutz) to lay the groundwork for their new full-length record, "Connected". Slated for independent release on Jan. 22, 2008, the album features twelve hook-laden tracks that are guaranteed to be stuck in your head for days.