Earlier this year we tipped Leeds alt-rockers Bruising who’ve just completed a run of dates with Menace Beach and performed in session with Marc Riley on BBC 6 Music. Find out what else they’ve got planned for 2017 in the interview below.

1.Firstly, for those who are unfamiliar with your work, how would you describe your sound?

Pop songs with fuzzy guitars on top.

2.We featured you on The Tipping Point a while back, what have you been up to since?

We’re quite busy at the moment, we’ve finished a run of shows with Menace Beach, just released our latest single ‘What It Feels Like’ on Too Pure and were in for a BBC 6 Music session with Marc Riley, so all pretty fun!

3.In terms of your career so far, how long have you been writing and performing as an artist?

Most of us have played music in different projects before Bruising, James playing in a band called Don’t, Steph has drummed for bands like Theoretical Girl, Torches, Just Handshakes and Ben played in Blood Oranges, Swimming Lessons and some guitar for Menace Beach but as Bruising we (Ben and Naomi) started sending each other song ideas and writing together in the summer of 2014, playing our first shows at the start of 2015.

4.Would you say you prefer recording in the studio or playing live?

Playing live without a doubt, it’s nice to go into the studio and hear your songs on record, but getting out and playing shows is easily the best part.

5.What is the most difficult challenge for you in the music industry?

I think we try and do things on our own terms as much as possible and shy away from too much ‘industry’ business if we can. We’ve been lucky enough to have a couple of labels be really supportive of what we do and release our records which we’re massively grateful for. We just want to get our heads down and do our own thing, keep enjoying it and not get too into the politics of the music industry.

6.What is your biggest musical achievement to date?

I think doing our session with Marc Riley was a pretty massive achievement for us, to have listened to 6 Music loads, to actually get invited on is pretty wild for us. Getting Guardian Track Of The Week is the same kind of thing, a paper that we’ve all grown up with in our houses featuring us was a huge compliment for us.

7.When can we catch you playing live next? 

We’ve got some touring and festival plans that are currently being wrapped up so we will be able to announce soon.

8.Do you have any new material due for release soon?

We’re in the process of writing loads of new stuff at the moment so there will be something new to share before too long, hopefully!

9.Do you have any industry related advice for emerging artists?

Hmm, just do what you think is the best bit of advice I can give. Make the music you want to do and on your terms as much as you can. For me the only way to keep it fun and something you love doing is if it is how you want to do it, not how someone else is telling/pushing you into.

10.What’s the best way for people to get in contact with you/keep up to date with the latest goings on?

Facebook and Twitter probably. We always keep them both pretty up to date and James has just taken over our Twitter on account of him being by far the funniest band member, so there will be some quality material on there pretty soon I’m sure.

11.What is your one major ambition for your career in music?

To share a stage with U2.

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