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Wednesday 05 January 2022

Bendy-Bodied Performer Mr Bruce Brings His Flamboyantly Fun & Lyrically Deep Solo Project To Brighton

Mr Bruce - former frontman of The Correspondents - marks the start of his solo career in spectacular style with the release of Race To Nowhere [Part One], and a date at Brighton's Green Door Store.

Raiding decades of UK dance, from tech house and drum'n'bass to garage and dancehall, the five-track EP finds the flamboyant Mr Bruce letting loose as never before. 

Flamboyantly fun, yet lyrically deep, it's a release every bit as honest, inventive and theatrical as you'd hope from the bendy-bodied performer.

Touching on an intense array of topics, from the climate crisis to the breakdown of his marriage in 2019, it"s also a record that"s haunted by the spectre of his late twin brother, who died just aged 20. 

Speaking about the collection's poignant core, Mr Bruce says:

"I set out to capture the point where universal and personal grief meet… I mix macro issues like the horrors of climate change with intimate details of the everyday. Musically, it's the old Motown formula.

"The songs have you itching to dance, but listen a little too closely and you may shed a tear!"

Mr Bruce, who is also an acclaimed portrait artist and an award-winning animator (under his real name Ian Bruce), began hatching plans for a solo career while on tour in Australia with The Correspondents in 2018. 

Bored in hotel rooms between shows, he found himself writing dance music that harked back to his early clubbing days, rather than the jazz and swing infused sound with which he found fame. 

Fleshing out the songs in the UK with the London-based producer Angus Kemp, Mr Bruce arrived at the five club-ready cuts you can hear on Race To Nowhere [Part One].

Intended as a multimedia project, the making of Race To Nowhere has seen Mr Bruce not only teaming up with esteemed director Daisy JT Smith, but also making a string of evocative animated videos from his home studio.

Mr Bruce plays The Green Door Store Brighton on 24th March 2022. CLICK HERE for tickets.

by: Mike Cobley


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