Brighton based band ‘Bitter Ruin‘ came to Whitchurch on Saturday night, the last venue on their month-long UK 2011 tour.
The 4 year old band played to a packed audience at the Gill Nethercott Centre after opening act Jack Wiseman.
Bitter Ruin created a “virtual stage” by laying out tea candles on the floor and projecting an image of stage curtains behind them.
Georgia Train who is the lead singer said, “It’s pretty strange playing Whitchurch I have to admit but we have done a lot of drama and community centre events before, and I have to say this is the most glamourous one so far and you guys rock!”
Ben Richards who plays guitar and sings in the band said, “Stephen Fry tweeted about us. He said that we were ‘initially disturbing but ultimately brilliant’. I’ve got that tattooed now on my arm!”
In the audience were several local musicians, including Vincent Lindsey-Clark who writes songs for classical guitar and plays at concerts around the world when not teaching at Southampton University.
Vincent said, “The standard of [Bitter Ruin’s] song writing is beyond anything I’ve seen in many, many years. Fantastic.”
Another local musician in the audience, Andrew Monk of The Four Fathers (a five piece band) gave his impression of the opening act: “Jack [Wiseman] was so cool. The drama of the way that he comes across with his energy…Fantastic.”
Next week, Bitter Ruin are going to attempt to get independent music into the UK charts. They told the audience that their song “Trust (official single 2011)” will be available for download from October 3 on various sites including iTunes and Amazon. They hope to break into the charts after 5,000 downloads.
Local resident and Whitchurch Arts member Andrew Reeves-Hall took along his compact camera to capture a few of the songs, and interview the band – unfortunately, the small camera had only a basic microphone which could not capture the full range of the performance. He said the band reminded him of the creativity of Arcade Fire.
An interview of the band members, Georgia Train and Ben Richards, after the show was recorded for this website and is available here.