Bruise Pristine delivers moody grunge rock stories of mental illness, disaffection and political apathy. Founded by vocalist and guitarist Kate Olivia in 2016, the band delivers 90s alternative rock-inspired stompers addressing empowerment, diversity, political cynicism and queerness.
Bruise Pristine has been making an impact on the Sydney live music scene delivering intense live performances and sharing the stage with FLOSSY, Baker’s Eddy, Cry Club, The Buoys, Horror My Friend and most recently supporting UK’s Crywank on their farewell tour.
They released their debut EP Not Like You in 2017, and the first single ‘20mg’ received rotation on community radio stations including 2SER, Triple R and 4ZZZ, and was selected by FBi Radio's director Amelia Jenner for the station's new music playlist. ‘20mg’ and the EP title track ‘Not Like You’ also received rotation on Triple J Unearthed and overseas on California’s DKFM.
Out of the atmosphere of political malaise and apathy, movements like #MeToo, the threat of the far-right, and political instability came 2018’s single ‘The Way It Is’. An admission of despair and anger, it is a commentary and a critique of power structures, gender rigidity and queerness. Following up the power of ‘The Way It Is’ was single ‘Tired Eyes’ (released Jan 2020), a song about the dissonance that comes with having lots of ideas and ambitions but too little time or energy to see them through.