December 15, 2016

7": Bruising - I Don't Mind

Bruising reinforces their meteoric rise with two new songs.
Legend has it that musician Naomi Baguley met bandmate Ben Lewis at a show all because of his attire: a Perfect Pussy t-shirt. Without the divine intervention of Meredith Graves and co., Bruising might never have formed. The four-piece from Leeds has a new 7" out on Beech Coma that contains over six minutes of authentic songwriting over fuzzed out guitars and a steady beat. Bruising’s rise has been a quick one, as they rapidly went from writing and cutting demos to selling out Leeds’ Oporto venue for their debut show. The group cut their teeth in the DIY scene, hosting house parties with indie rock favorites, including the incomparable Waxahatchee, Chicago punks Twin Peaks, and lo-fi popsters Trust Fund. At just about two years old, the band is poised for even more success, as they’ve been lauded by Andrew W.K. and catalyst Meredith Graves herself.

Their latest batch of songs, which are part of the bi-monthly Beech Coma Singles Club, features a green cover with a simple drawing of what appears to be the most comfy bedroom in the world. Side A kicks off with “I Don’t Mind,” a hopeful, introspective love song. Baguley's voice floats over reverb and fuzzy guitars, lamenting that, “Calling you today was harder than I thought / All I had to say was something dumb / Like ‘I really need you,’” while concluding in the end that it doesn’t matter, love can prevail over the anxiety that can consume relationships. In the world of texts, emails, and delayed responses, a phone call often is very difficult to make. You take yourself out of your comfort zone for the ones you truly love. “Rest in Peace Kurt Donald Cobain (1967-1994)” resides on the B-side, an epic tribute with distorted guitars and the perfect wailing sound of ohh-ooo-ohh to incite a group sing along. Cracking open the song with speaker feedback, the lyrics come in reminiscing about how “I used to hold my head up high / I used to be so full of life.” Later in the track, the quiet vocals regret how “I fade away as you grow strong” and ask “were you ever really here?” By the end, the narrator is reclaiming her place, wind in her hair, under the moon and the stars, proclaiming that she’s still there. Whether or not this is a direct reference to Kurt and Courtney or just a cheeky title, the song serves as an empowering ode to moving forward.


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Kat Harding is a music publicist living in Nashville, TN, with her loud kitty cat Goose. She often cries when excited at shows and can be found on twitter at @iwearaviators.