"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."
"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."
"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."
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.