The Music Fix Premiere: Bruja - 'Tori / Sculie'

The Music Fix are honoured to be granted the premiere of South Yorkshire band Bruja's new 7” AA Single single 'Tori / Sculie'. The melodic grunge-pop single is to be released 28 August via Damnably Records on limited edition 'Ogre' green vinyl, and is available to buy here.

Following on from their 2015 debut EP 'Bruja', this single sees the band still pursuing their love of the flange, phase and chorus, but crafted into a more polished form. Recorded at 2 Fly Studios in Sheffield with Dave Sanderson and mastered by Matthew Barnhart (The Gotobeds, SuperChunk, Bob Mould) at Echolab in Denton TX.

Bruja are compared to The Drop Nineteens and Butthole Surfers, and count the BBC's Steve Lamacq and Tom Ravenscroft amongst their growing army of fans. But you can listen to the band's irresistible feedback laden single without a radio right now below: we'll be back in six minutes with further details, including tour dates.

Who are Bruja?

Post-industrial, South Yorkshire modulatory desolation from the young band with a mean age of 24. Barnsley is something of a backwater compared to Leeds or Sheffield, but the Bruja and friends have created a DIY junk-punk scene that has seen them hosting their own gigs, pressing up CDs, booking tours and making their own analogue VHS Videos to lighten the depressing reality of zero hours contracts in the service industry, unemployment and increasing xenophobic hostility.

Bassist Delyth and drummer Zach share writing and vocals duties on these two songs to the theme of friendship. As Zach says, “There are many arseholes in this world so when you meet genuinely nice people it kind of restores your faith in the humanity again!”. Delyth met Zach whilst working as a wedding planner at Wentworth Castle and Zach was her understudy. She filled in on bass in the band and never left.

This single was recorded with Lewis Naylor on guitar, before new member Giannis Kipreos joined in February 2016.

The trio’s name means ‘Witch’ in Spanish and is inspired by drummer Zach’s recurring childhood nightmares of being chased by a Witch.

All three members are nature lovers but guitarist Giannis takes it a step further by being a keen caver and spent weeks living like ‘Stig of the Dump’ in the woods. Delyth’s first experience of rock was seeing The Eagles with her dad aged 8 but this bands influences range from Drop Nineteens, Pavement to Deerhunter but with a effect addiction and a super drum heavy sound that sonically paints them closer to The Butthole Surfers.

2016 has seen the band play support slots with Shonen Knife, Leggy, Wussy and Otoboke Beaver. The band is currently prepping to record their debut album.

Tour dates:

Wednesday 17 August 2016 – Sunday 21 August 2016
Glass Butter Beach Festival 2016, Abersoch, UK

Friday 02 September 2016
Aatma, Manchester, UK

Saturday 03 September 2016
The Polish Social Club, Barnsley, UK

Wednesday 05 October 2016
Castle Hotel, Manchester, UK

Saturday 15 October 2016 – Sunday 16 October 2016
A Carefully Planned Festival #6 2016, Manchester, UK

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