Brighton Magazine

The Brighton Magazine

Selected Brighton Magazine Article

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


The Russian State Ballet of Siberia is visiting Theatre Royal Brighton as part of the company's 20th anniversary season, celebrating two decades since they first visited the UK. 
Credit Rob Blackham

The Luka State are poised for big things in 2022 as they look to build upon the momentum following the release of last year's debut album, Fall In Fall Out
Credit: Barnaby Fairley

Indie-outfit Spinn - who play The Hope & Ruin, Brighton, this Spring - have followed up the single Stargazing - which was inspired by 2014 horror flick, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night - with People Should Know Better.

During lockdown in 2020 the eleven members of Bellowhead first re-connected online to remotely record New York Girls - At Home. That led to re-uniting in person for a one-off performance which was streamed to mark the anniversary of Hedonism. 

Consisting of two singular but equally accomplished talents, the collaboration between Fyfe & Iskra Strings shows how two disparate talents can create something with a strength well beyond the sum of their parts. 
Credit E.O. Hoppé Estate Collection / Curatorial Inc

A rare and previously unseen tapestry found by chance has been made into a new large scale textile work for a major exhibition opening this season at Towner Eastbourne, in East Sussex. 

Back in December The Brighton Magazine brought to your attention Elena Setién, the multi-instrumentalist, collaborator and improviser who, with the single In This Short Life, had featured lyrics taken from Emily Dickinson's poem of the same name. 

New shows, comedy legends and dance superstars all take the stage at Brighton Dome this spring. 
Credit Tony Fletcher

Late last year The Brighton Magazine held forth on the nostalgic delights of one of punk and new wave's most fondly remembered offshoots .. fanzines. Cream of the crop was Jamming!, conceived by author Tony Fletcher. 

"We're from the days when a number 14 bus and a supermarket trolley got us around." Soul II Soul mainman Jazzie B remembers the lengths he and a school friend used to go to play dances with their first sound system when they were just thirteen years old.
Credit Oli Spleen

Musician Oli Spleen is set to release Refugee, the third single from his forthcoming album, Still Life. 

Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard who made a flying visit to Brighton late last year are back with a new date in the city and their follow up to Crescent Man vs Demolition Dan - a protest single which struck a chord in the local community following the destruction of grassroot culture venues. 
Credit James Bellorini

Glyndebourne has announced a new plan to drive further investment in environmental action, as the opera house celebrates ten years since the launch of its on-site wind turbine.

Kelly Boddy reports on how almost every industry around the globe was negatively impacted by COVID-19, but it was the arts that was put in the most danger of collapsing. 

Organising a conference or event in Brighton?
See our Brighton Conference section.
Brighton web design by ...ntd