|press shot, of bruce, having just returned|
Then he disappeared.
Where did he go? Did he die? Stake through the heart? Go into hiding? Find a new career as a living statue on Trafalgar Square? Gabriel Bruce vanished with very little in the way of promising progression in his career. Anyway, I did my fieldwork, my research, talked to people in bars and mortuaries and in the wake of his glorious return found out what happened to him (actually I just read a Vice article on him which came out a few days ago).
In 2014, a year after his debut, Bruce went through a 'debilitating' break up, before soon after that he was crushed by a huge dinosaur fossil, giving him horrific injuries. His hand was fucked and there were fears he'd never play again; dark, dark times for one of the most promising talents in the capital, eh?
But seemingly time has been the best healer for Bruce, as he this past couple of weeks or so announced his triumphant return - and evidently, it seems that his music and art have been a really powerful healer for Gabriel Bruce after a dark period. The first song he unveiled was Metal Soul (although it's apparently a 'red herring' for what we can expect from the rest of the record), and it's classic Gabe Bruce, but even darker and more gothic. Dark beats, eerie synths, and more of the trademark poetic lyrics, Metal Soul's a heartfelt song that taps into the same forlorn nerve that the likes of Cave and Cohen do so well.
2016 will be a year of redemption for Bruce, he'll be back and bigger than ever. The album we can expect to come out later this year goes by the name of Come All Sufferers, and although Bruce has said Metal Soul is a red herring, we can probably expect a dark record with a lot of that incredibly deep, brooding voice that made Bruce so exciting a few years back. He's back, and almost 4 years after first seeing an artist that was really quite special to see for the first time during my formative years, it's looking like at his Brixton show I'll be able to see a follow up.
you can stream the new song below, and find all his earlier stuff on spotify, which is something i really recommend you do! he's also playing one of my favourite venues, the windmill in brixton next month so be there or be square
(written by calum cashin)