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Bitter Ruin


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Bitter Ruin are Georgia Train and Ben Richards. Described as a boy/girl duo but never to be underestimated when it comes to both their live and recorded sound, Bitter Ruin’s dynamic is a huge part of what makes them stand out. They met in 2007 and began crafting their sound through a number of self-released EPs. Interestingly, these multi-instrumentalists had wildly opposing musical backgrounds with Georgia veering towards the melodic female songstresses Bjork, Billie Holiday, and Edith Piaf whilst Ben remained focused on his guitar skills and the rockier sounds of Jeff Buckley, however both found a common ground with Antony and the Johnsons, St Vincent and even Nick Cave.

“It was the songwriting that brought us together, we were creating such weird and interesting music that it didn’t matter that we didn’t share tastes because we BOTH liked what WE were creating. It was exciting to be pulled away from your normalcy.”

So the music has ended up somewhat eclectic and Ben and Georgia themselves still find it a tough task to put a label on it. Interesting, intellectual and yet hooky songs range in instrumentation from a folky acoustic sound in ‘Pushin’ Out The Light’ and ‘A Brand New Me’, reminiscent of Laura Marling, to White Stripes gritty rock in ‘Leather for Hell’ and even dark, synth driven sounds in the Bjork-esque ‘Diggers’.


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