Sometimes flirtatiously sweet, other times seductively brooding, THE BRUISES are a four-piece rock band from San Francisco that meld classic rock bravado and indelible power pop hooks with unapologetic ease, by way of dueling female harmonies and a serrated double guitar attack that have become the band’s signature.
A decade in the making, the songwriting collaboration of Aja Blue and Jen Black (yes, those are their real names) forms the core of the band. Black and Blue started THE BRUISES in Peoria, Illinois in 2001. The pair moved to Los Angeles in 2004, where they began to hone a fuller rock sound, and then relocated to San Francisco in 2005. They recorded the EP “Ladies and Gentlemen....” and LP “Connected” before solidifying the lineup with drummer Tamara Waite and bassist Clayton Vorheis in 2011.
Released July 31, 2012, the band’s latest recording is the 10-song LP “Never Be the Same.” Produced, engineered and mixed by Michael Eisenstein (Letters to Cleo, Nina Gordon, Lisa Loeb, Juliana Hatfield), the album was recorded at Deathstar Studios and End of the World Studios in Los Angeles and Sharkbite Studios in Oakland. The album was mastered by Hans DeKline (Joey Santiago-The Pixies, Morcheeba, Snoop Dogg, Tim Finn-Crowded House, The Von Bondies).
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- The Bruises