My Ruin: Ghosts And Good Stories

Return of the Killer B.

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My Ruin frontwoman Tarrie B doesn’t so much open her heart to you as rip it still beating from a gaping wound in her chest before forcing the bloody mess down your throat.

While her partner Mick Murphy provides the frantic, doomy, metallic backbone to their music, it’s B’s bloodletting howl, visceral fury and hair-tearing emotional outpouring that has always, and still does, give My Ruin their razorblade of an edge.

As ever, rich and bloody Catholic imagery clashes explosively with nihilistic, non-believing despair. Her raw screams rail against the vapid pursuit of celebrity (Money Shot) and the physical and moral decay of Los Angeles (La Cuidad), before she turns her fury on herself in the confessional Suicide Tuesday, finding hope and light amongst the bleakness with the line: ‘Tuesday feels like suicide but I just want to live’.

Ghosts And Good Stories may well be the most intense music experience of the year.

Emma has been writing about music for 25 years, and is a regular contributor to Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Prog and Louder. During that time her words have also appeared in publications including Kerrang!, Melody Maker, Select, The Blues Magazine and many more. She is also a professional pedant and grammar nerd and has worked as a copy editor on everything from film titles through to high-end property magazines. In her spare time, when not at gigs, you’ll find her at her local stables hanging out with a bunch of extremely characterful horses.