Wandering These Haunts

by The Bruised Hearts Revue

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about

"So you're at a bar trying to drown your blues, and the band knows just what to play. They're right there with you. They're feeling the hurt, facing the ugliness. But then, something changes — they make you look up. They let in the light. They fill your heart with hope and hallelujahs. That's what Wandering These Haunts sounds like to me: an Americana gospel for an R-rated reality. The Bruised Hearts Revue are good medicine."
- Jeffrey Overstreet, lookingcloser.org

"The second album by TBHR, Wandering These Haunts, is perfectly titled. The band meanders through established sounds of blues/folk/Americana/country/gospel/rock to offer a fresh combination for its Seattle audience. The music commands your attention with its energy and power, pulling the listener into its orbit of honesty. In a musical landscape of lyrical ambiguity, music with intention stands apart. There is a strong theme that develops through these 11 tracks and reaches clarity in the closing Hank Williams cover. This is an album worth many listens, so go ahead! Enjoy the music in the first few listens, then hone in on what TBHR has to say."
-Chris Gough

"The Bruised Hearts Revue latest release, Wandering These Haunts, finds singer-songwriter Knathan Ryan weaving deftly between the raucous and the religious. Throughout the eleven tracks this creates a satisfying tension: too brooding to be sentimental, too hopeful to leave you depressed. Closing with Hank Williams' iconic "I Saw the Light", the tension remains as salvation is sung with the echoes of the writer's own tragic life.
Sonically speaking, while Ryan is quick to claim his Texas pedigree in "Bicentennial", the album feels immediately Seattle, as if emerging, fully realized, from any venue between Ballard to Georgetown. In this sense, it's something you want to hear live. As a studio project it accomplishes no small feat, capturing a full band's true-to-life energy."
-Luke Morton

"From the opening chord, which scared the hell out of me on the first listen, I knew I was in love with this record. The guitars are epic and overwhelming in the best possible way. While there is indeed a haunting feeling that arises, there is far more hope found throughout these songs."
-Jesse Penico

Three years has passed since Seattle's The Bruised Hearts Revue released their debut country, americana, roots album "As Bright as it Burns". The Revue's new album "Wandering These Haunts", showcases their expanded band lineup and sonic exploration into the territories of blues and rock.

From the rockabilly influence of "Shine" to the more country feel of "Ahh Yer Love", "Nowhere Home pt. 2" and "When Will You Let Me Go" through the rock feel of "Never Low" and the hymns of "How Firm a Foundation" and "I Saw the Light"- the band confirms it would rather walk the line and wander through the many landscapes of American roots, rather than be categorized into a specific genre.

Holding down the rhythm section is AC Purdum and Norman Baker - which provides a consistent, but fluid thump, groove and edge. Suzanne Brewer's sultry vocals add warmth and richness to the songs and her piano and glockenspiel compliments fellow keys player Ayako Okano- who both alternate between keys, piano and organ. Okano's playful, rag-time piano gives character to the album, hearkening to The Beatles and Elliott Smith. Knathan Ryan gives what he can in his signing, strumming and writing- an attempt to explore the deeper meaning of questions of "what is truth?" and where the hell am I/ are we going? Cooper Smith, a longtime collaborator with Ryan joins the lineup for this album, and provides spank, grit and spark with his adept and virtuoso style of lead guitar.

Wandering These Haunts begins with a sort of confessional and then sets out to explore the themes of faith, doubt, sin and redemption.

credits

released June 30, 2017

Norman Baker: Bass, Stand Up Bass
Suzanne Brewer: Keys, Accordion, Organ, Vocals, Glockenspiel
Ayako Okano: Keys, Organ, Vocals
AC Purdum: Drums
Knathan Ryan: Vocals, Guitars, Banjo, Percussion
Cooper Smith: Guitars, Vocals

Chris Gough played mandolin on "How Firm" and "I Saw the Light"

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Hailing from the far west, West Seattle that is- The Bruised Hearts Revue combines alt-country, folk, americana and gospel that pays homage to the past with a firm footing toward the future.

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Track Name: Shine
When the stars fall from the heavens in the night
When my tears blur everything in sight
When my strength cowers in fright
When all the paths are crooked and I don’t know which one is right

Jesus won’t you shine a little light?

When my heart melts like wax in my chest
When I give it my all (But I never really give it all my best)
When I put my God to the test
When I judge everyone in my own self-righteousness

Jesus, still forever your name be blessed

Hallelujah!

When I fuck everything up in my life
When I piss off my kids and royally piss off my wife
When my cynicism cuts like a knife
When I pray and bitch and moan against this strife

Jesus won’t you shine a little light?

Hallelujah!
Track Name: The Long Road
Here I am- I can barely breathe I can barely stand
Feels like I’ve been treading water for days out of reach of any sort of dry land
I don’t know why I cry, but I do

Drying up the tears, mopping up the blood stains
We drank all the alcohol, but it still wouldn’t kill the pain
I don’t know why I try, but I do

I’ll take the long road home with you

Make way for the Lord, make your paths straight for him
Feels like I’m one crying out in the desert for my salvation
I don’t know why I cry/try but I do

I’ll take the long road home with you
Track Name: Never Low
Go ahead and take the sunshine
Ain’t no friend of mine
Just a big ball of fire
trying to burn me down

Go ahead and take the rain
Don’t let it wash my pain
Stick the knife in again-
Try hard not to refrain

Throw me up in the air
Turn my world on its ear
Cut my safety net of fear
Turn my days into years
I’m never low enough for you anyhow

Go ahead and take my heart
Tear it all apart
All in the name of your art
It’s hard to tell the finish from the start

Throw me up in the air
Turn my world on its ear
Cut my safety net of fear
Turn my days into years
I’m never low enough for you anyhow
I’m never low enough for you anyhow
I’m never low enough for you anyhow
I’m never low enough for you anyhow
I’m never low enough for you anyhow
I’m never low enough for you anyhow
I’m never low enough for you anyhow
I’m never low enough for you anyhow
Track Name: Day/Night
Pop your thoughts in neutral, park your common sense
What used to drive you is now past tense
You say you lost your way from Providence
What is truth?

Jesus waits for you in a diner car
Right next to an empty swivel seat at the bar
He checks his watch he wonders if you’re far
What is truth?

It’s day and night…

So you sold your love for a few-odd cents
Put on your credit card your repentance
Sin never felt like it should be dissidence
What is Truth?

It’s day and night…

I’ll tell myself it’s going to be alright tomorrow
Tell yourself it’ll be alright by tomorrow
Let’s wait for tomorrow; tomorrow.
Track Name: Nowhere Home pt. 2
She says she says she likes it, when I play those country songs
‘Cause she knows every word, and she loves to sing along

down by, down by a road that leads to nowhere, that’s my nowhere home

Watching the sun go down in flames, on a rooftop two stories tall
Surrounded by empty bottles and promises that could be likened to my soul

down by, down by a road that leads to nowhere, that’s my nowhere home

She says she likes it when I play those country songs
She knows every step and she could dance all night long

down by, down by a road that leads to nowhere, that’s my nowhere home
Track Name: Bicentennial
I was born in the bicentennial, in the month of june and a waxing moon
In the Lone Star State is where I originate, I was born too late to be born to soon
Feels like: heaven’s going to break through soon

I was born with three first names, no they ain’t the same (Don’t call me by my last name)
And a faith that longs for a faraway coast, with the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost
Feels like: heaven’s going to break through soon

I was tempted in a cold/hard rain to play the victim again, but I won’t
I was washed in water and blood, by a tempest flood that rolls on and on and on and on…

I was born in the Bicentennial, between the X-Gens and the Millennials
I stumble down this prodigal path, I won’t look down, I won’t look back
Feels like: heaven’s going to break through soon

What I want, isn’t what I want, and what I don’t want, is what I want to be
Breakthrough soon. That’s what I want to be.
Track Name: Ahh Yer Love
Your love hits just like a ton of bricks
And I want to be crushed by the sheer weight of it
Oh when the sun shines!

Your love scorch just like a summer fire
And I want to be burned up by the flame of desire
Oh when the sun shines!

I may not know where the wind blows
But wherever you go I want to follow
I will follow

When I’m feeling low- won’t you pull me out of this hole?

Your love floods like a tidal wave
And I want to drown in the waters that save
Oh when the sun shines.

I may/do not know where the wind blows
But wherever you go I want to follow
I will follow
Track Name: How Firm A Foundation
How firm a foundation you saints of the Lord,
is laid for your faith in his excellent Word!
What more can he say than to you he has said,
to you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?

"Fear not, I am with you, O be not dismayed,
for I am your God, and will still give you aid;
I'll strengthen you, help you, and cause you to stand,
upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.

"When through the deep waters I call you to go,
the rivers of sorrow shall not overflow,
for I will be with you in trouble to bless,
and sanctify to you your deepest distress.

"When through fiery trials your pathway shall lie,
my grace all-sufficient shall be your supply;
the flame shall not hurt you; I only design
your dross to consume and your gold to refine.
Track Name: When Will You Let Me Go?
Tell me when will you let me go? I’ve been wandering these haunts, like a ghost
I’ve been trying to find, my piece of mind. Tell me when will you let me go?

Tell me when will you let me know? I’ve be travelling a long, black road.
I’ve been trying to find, my way blind. Tell me when will you let me know?

The heart it beats so heavy. It’s bruised and swollen and it slowly bleeds.
I’ve been trying to find, my way blind. Tell me when will you let me go?

Tell me when will it ever be so? My faith like a pendulum goes to and fro.
I am trying to find a love that is kind. Tell me when will you let me go?

The heart it beats so heavy. It’s bruised and swollen and it slowly bleeds.
I am trying to find, my way blind. Tell me when will you let me go?
I am trying to find, my piece of mind. Tell me when will you let me go?
I am trying to find, a love that is kind. Tell me when will you let me go?
Tell me when will you let me go?
Tell me when will you let me go?
Tell me when will you let me go?
Track Name: The Four Winds
Oh I, I was four sheets to the wind
Stumbling off that Grey Hound bus from the Clark County Penn
And the night- hung dark and heavy as a cloak
Covering my cage and over any sense of hope

Refrain:
But you say wherever I go- there you’ll be
From the highest height, to the deepest sea
Oh angels, won’t you carry me on the four winds?

This house is silent as a grave
Filled with old bones and calling out for someone to save
And these walls, burden a heavy load
From a caved-in roof to the lifted up floor boards (Refrain)

And I heard, I heard a Gospel sound
Like a Son of Man calling up Lazarus out of the ground
And I felt- I felt them loosed chains
Fall to my feet on the concrete with a clang (Refrain)
Track Name: I Saw The Light
I wandered so aimless, life filled with sin
I wouldn't let my Dear Savior in
Then Jesus came like a stranger in the night
Praise the Lord I saw the light

I saw the light, I saw the light
No more darkness, no more night
Now I'm so happy, no sorrow in sight
Praise the Lord, I saw the light

Just like a blind man I wandered along
Worries and fears I claimed for my own
Then like the blind man that God gave back his sight
Praise the Lord - I saw the light

I was a fool to wander and stray
Straight is the gate and narrow the way
Now I have traded the wrong for the right
Praise the Lord, I saw the light