RGM SPECIAL – BAND FEATURE – WHO THE HELL ARE BRUISE CONTROL?
Back in May, I walked into Manchester’s Albert Hall to photograph one of Australia’s finest punk exports, Amyl and the Sniffers, only to be greeted by one of Wigan’s finest, Bruise Control had taken a last-minute support slot and they fucking smashed it.
Self-proclaimed ‘turbo goths from Manchester’ this four-piece have been riding on the high of their support slot and are more than deserving of the rise in profile this has afforded them. High energy sets, fast-paced punky guitar, mixed with frontman Jim-Bob’s blunt Northern humour is a perfect mix to draw in a crowd, which was the case at their most recent gig at the Parish in Huddersfield on Friday evening.
The band has recently supported punk rock veterans Snuff and is making their way around numerous North West venues including Easy Fest in Oldham on the 20th August. The band has a number of exciting ventures in the pipeline including a headline slot at the Launch night of Manchester-based Rug Records promotions on the tenth of September at the Peer Hat. They will also be headlining a gig in their hometown of Wigan at The Boulevard, followed by another headline slot at 67 Bridge Street in Derby on the 22nd October.
The band has recently been signed to TNS records and is due to release their debut album ‘Useless For Something’ early next year. All of this for a band that had their very first gig just a year ago is a testament to their popularity, punchy fast-paced rock and roll guitar-driven tracks, and intelligent lyrical genius yet also being the nicest dudes you could meet! Long may it continue. I urge you to check these guys out as soon as possible! You won’t regret it!