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Bruise Cruise Music Festival

Written by Jesse Pollock   
Tuesday, 17 May 2011 13:23
Earlier this year I packed up a small bag and headed down to Miami in order to board a giant cruise ship. While this would normally be a horrifying proposition, I was comforted by the fact that Ian Svenonius and Jonathan Toubin would be along for the ride as well, along with The Strange Boys, Black Lips, Vivian Girls, Surfer Blood, Thee Oh Sees, Quintron And Miss Pussycat, Ty Segall, Turbo Fruits and Jacuzzi Boys. The first ever Bruise Cruise music festival set sail down to the Bahamas on February 25th and to be honest, I'm not even going to try and review it. John Norris, Spin, VBS and a slew of other media outlets did a bang up job already saying everything there is to say about it in the months since it took place. However, just so you get the idea, the cruise included one bass guitar being launched into the Atlantic, one successful marriage proposal during a Ty Segall set, one couple meeting, falling in love, and getting engaged, one Black Lips video being made, and two documentaries being filmed. Not to mention all the free pizza and ice cream that I ate.

This is either the most fun you have ever had for 3 days straight or probably your worst nightmare.

I have had many people (most of whom stayed on dry land) tell me their varying opinions on the cruise and the fact is; either you get it or you don't. Either way it's miles away from the same old song and dance, which is a feat in itself these days. The photos below back that story up in the sense that normally I document everything relentlessly, but this time around I barley remembered to pick up a camera. Those are the times that you can tell something worthwhile has occurred.

Words and photos: Jesse Pollock

So long Miami..

Ty Segall

Thee Oh Sees

Vivian Girls (who played 'My Heart Will Go On' not once but twice)

Black Lips

Quintron And Miss Pussycat

Tickets for the 2012 Bruise Cruise just went on sale and can be purchased here: www.bruisecruisefestival.com

So far the confirmed bands are; King Khan & the Shrines, The Soft Pack, Thee Oh Sees, Dirtbombs, Quintron & Miss Pussycat, Neil Hamburger, and New York’s infamous soul DJ, Mr. Jonathan Toubin. However, last time there were bands being added right up until the last minute and they just kept getting better and better. Plus Neil Hamburger alone should be enough!

You can also find more information, photos and articles at:
www.spin.com/gallery/black-lips-vivian-girls-rock-bruise-cruise
www.washingtoncitypaper.com/articles/40532/bruise-cruise
www.noisevox.org/content/bruise-cruise-2011-highlights
www.jeremywheeler.net/post/3722743863/bruisecruisecomic

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