Bitter Ruin
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Bitter Ruin


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2008 EP - 'We're Not Dancing'
2010 Album - 'Hung, Drawn & Quartered'




Bitter Ruin formed in 2007 in Brighton when Ben Richards and Georgia Train met at music school. Although the pair understood each other musically, they had dramatically opposing musical tastes. Georgia had a history in Musical Theatre and Art, she listened to the likes of Fiona Apple, Regina Spektor and The Talking Heads whereas Ben preferred Rock, with the occasional tortured writer; Jeff Buckley and Metallica. However, their main bond as musicians was their Classical training. Bitter Ruin come from a background of weekly piano lessons and ABRSM exams.

So the music has ended up somewhat eclectic and Bitter Ruin themselves describe it as ‘Contemporary Expressionism’ meaning that the style of music will change continuously as the lyrics, emotion and purpose of expression does. The most important feature of the music is it’s passion and musical intelligence. The only unifying theme between songs is the lyrical tendency towards the darker side of life and the naked instrumentation. Bitter Ruin are attracted to the tortured souls and angst within many hard done by and they like to belt it out like Aretha Franklin.

Bitter Ruin have been described by others as Noir, Indie, Rock, Punk, Cabaret, Folk, Soul, Musical Theatre, Flamenco, Classical and so many more sub genres. Therefore, the best thing to do is listen and make up your own mind. “We don’t mind what people want to call us, as long as they GET IT”. The vocals and harmonies are often described as ‘utterly amazing’ and the music itself comes recommended by musicians worldwide. “Holy shit, that girl can sing” (Amanda Palmer) “You two are AH-mazing” (Tim Minchin)


Bitter Ruin had played hundreds of gigs and festivals. Their local following had begun to grow to a significant size and a few ‘music men’ had become interested. They released their first EP (Self titled) just six months after playing their first open mic night. “This CD is for people who are really interested in hearing the building blocks of Bitter Ruin”. In 2008 they released ‘We’re Not Dancing’ which bought the band a lot of good press and in 2009 they flew to America to work with Jason Rubal on producing their first studio album ‘Hung, Drawn & Quartered’. It was as this album was in the mixing process that Bitter Ruin literally found their silver lining...

Early 2010 Bitter Ruin were contacted by Amanda Palmer of The Dresden Dolls to play a show with her at KOKO, London. The band of course said yes. BUT THEN...The Icelandic Volcanic ashcloud smothered America and Amanda’s visit to the UK looked doubtful. After pleading and praying at the airport Amanda made it to the UK, BUT HER SUPPORT BAND DIDN’T. So Bitter Ruin stepped in for the whole UK & Ireland leg. This led to one sold out headline European tour in May, an American tour in October and another huge UK and European tour as well as a release of the album ‘Hung, Drawn & Quartered’. Within that whirlwind, Bitter Ruin played with musicians such as The Dresden Dolls, The Tiger Lillies, Melissa Auf Der Maur, Meow Meow, Jason Webley and Sxip Shirey. It is also fair to say that they picked up a fair few famous fans, but still NO RECORD LABEL!

To this day Bitter Ruin are not signed to a label. Therefore need all the help they can get from YOU the fans (The Ruined). To find out how you can help, join The Ruined by liking Bitter Ruin on Facebook or Twitter or join the mailing list. But most importantly spread the word! Come to a show!


Amanda Palmer, Brian Viglione, The Dresden Dolls, The Tiger Lillies, Jason Webley, Meow Meow, Sxip Shirey, Gentlemen & Assassins, Nervous Cabaret, Mitch Benn, Melissa Auf Der Maur, Zoe Boekbinder, 6 Day Riot, Mister Joe Black, The Bobby McGees, Sweet Sweet Lies, The Extraordinary Contraptions, Mitch Benn, Unwoman, Thomas Truax