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Bitter Ruin is an acoustic dark cabaret/dark flamenco band formed by the classically trained Georgia Train and Ben Richards who met in Brighton in music school.

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  • Audience Participation : For The Dancing Dolls Of Porcelain. "Are we or are we not in a rowdy bar?"
  • Big Name Fan: Stephen Fry and Tim Minchin.
  • Cute Glasses Boy: Ben.
  • Defiled Forever: There are elements of this in their song Soldier, especially lines like "I'm desperately used, no good to anyone else"
  • Destructive Romance: In The Vice, Trust, Chewing Gum and more.
  • Happiness in Slavery: Also in Soldier, the narrator declares that they don't actually want to be free of the subject.
  • Love Nostalgia Song: Beware.
  • The Masochism Tango: Many of their songs mention a relationship of this sort, especially Trust, which is sung as a straight up duet.
  • Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: To list the genres cited on their website: "Noir, Indie, Rock, Punk, Cabaret, Folk, Soul, Musical Theatre, Flamenco, Classical [...]."
  • Never My Fault:
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    • Georgia's character. From Trust: "How do you expect me to tell the truth ?"
    • From I'm Going To Be A Murderer: "And I wasn't tested, cause I've learned no lesson, I admit it so I am clearly innocent."
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Georgia sure likes her dresses blue, sleeveless, and sparkly.
  • Sanity Slippage Song: Deficiency Of You.
  • Spoiled Brat: Georgia's character. From I'm Going To Be A Murderer: "I'm a greedy girl who gorges on the grasping of a grudge." and "I'm a stubborn stuck up petty gal". All Take and No Give is also a recurring theme in the songs.
  • Wanderlust Song: Roaming Soul. This one is quite a departure from Bitter Ruin's usual style and is sung almost entirely by Ben.
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