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Bleached is an LA-based pop punk group comprised of sisters Jennifer and Jessica Calvin (formerly of Mika Miko) on vocals and guitar, respectively, Micayla Grace on bass, and Nick Pillot as their live drummer. Bleached features typical pop punk guitars and drums while featuring catchy Billboard Hot 100-like vocals. Their latest EP, Can You Deal?, released March 3rd, was inspired by the sexist questions they were asked while promoting their previous records.

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“Can You Deal?” off of ‘Can You Deal?’ by Bleached, out March 3rd,on Dead Oceans Records

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Bleached dropped the title track from their new EP ‘Can You Deal?’ (out on Dead Oceans Records) at the start of the month. Now to close out February, the LA garage-punk threesome share the second of the EP’s four tracks. The chugging riffs of the sunny ‘Flipside’ comes in typical Bleached three-minute form

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“Flipside” off of ‘Can You Deal?’ by Bleached, out on Dead Oceans Records

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The question being asked is Can you really deal with women making music? Bleached follows up 2016′s acclaimed Welcome To The Worms. For whatever reason, I didn’t connect with that release when it came out. So when they announced this EP, it was met with very little fanfare on my part. Well, it is connecting now. The EP is outstanding and I’ve been making amends with “Welcome To The Worms”.

The LA based punk band rocks and to that point, the title track of EP deals with that. They were tired of being pigeon-holed or labeled due to them being fronted by females. As someone who spent a good chunk of the day watching the ladies rock at the She Shreds party at SXSW, I could’nt care less who’s fronting the band; as long as it’s good. And this is excellent.

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“Can You Deal?” off of ‘Can You Deal?’ by Bleached, out March 3rd, 2017 on Dead Oceans Records

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Sometime toward the end of last year, Bleached’s singer-songwriter Jennifer Clavin and her friends wandered around Echo Park Lake in Los Angeles — after eating psychedelic mushrooms. It was around 9 a.m., and the park in northeast L.A. was already bustling with activity.

Their senses heightened from the psilocybin, Clavin and her friends wandered the one-mile perimeter of the man-made lake, fascinated by the commotion and bizarre cast of characters.

“It’s really insane being on mushrooms at that time of day at that location,” Clavin said in a drawling, extended vocal fry.

The morning peaked when they stumbled upon a couple handing out free zines with cut-and-paste text and imagery about Jesus. As Clavin flipped through one, she noticed a page emblazoned with the phrase “Welcome The Worms.” And she laughed. Through her magic mushroom–fogged brain, she knew she had just found the title for her band’s upcoming album.

“I was like, ‘Holy fuck. That totally explains this album to me,’ ” she says. “It was so ridiculous, but I knew I had to use it.”

Welcome The Worms, Bleached’s upbeat second album of pop-rock, was released on April 1st. Though it is sprinkled with hints of punk and heaps of guitar, its instrumentals — created by bassist Micayla Grace and guitarist Jessica Clavin, Jennifer’s younger sister — belie the album’s dark origins.

Throughout the entirety of the writing and recording process, the Clavin sisters struggled with their own personal dramas. Evicted from her Los Angeles apartment, Jessica started living in her windowless practice space. Meanwhile, Jennifer, who had been in a long-term, emotionally abusive relationship, was struggling with depression and a crippling addiction to drugs and alcohol. She would stay up all night partying and taking drugs and then roll into the studio the next day high and exhausted. Said Jennifer: “Life got real.”

By the time the album was finished in mid-2015, both sisters had miraculously sorted their lives out. Jessica was no longer homeless, and Jennifer, realizing how far she’d plummeted, got clean with help from her friends and family.

Welcome The Worms is a reflection of this tumultuous period and is self-described as the band’s most personal and introspective work to date.

“It’s about embracing the dark side of life and realizing that without the bad, we wouldn’t know when things were good,” Jennifer said. “It’s about accepting that people you love will pass away, your pet will die, you’ll get a parking ticket, and you’ll have a pimple on the day of your first date. That’s just part of life and it’s all beautiful.”

Jennifer and Jessica grew up in Northridge, an L.A. neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley about 20 miles north of downtown. The sisters started playing bass and guitar at a young age and credit living in the suburbs with their early dedication to music.

“I feel like the isolation made Jen and I play music all day because we didn’t have cars and we didn’t have anywhere to go,” Jessica said. “So we’d just sit in our garage and play.”

In 2003, when they were 13 and 15 years old, they started a garage-punk band called Mika Miko that became so successful — landing them copious mentions in music publications, a cameo in a documentary, and tours in Europe and Japan — that Jessica dropped out of high school. (Jennifer had already graduated.) For seven years Mika Miko operated as a quintet until the other members of the band decided they wanted to do other things with their lives, like attend college.

It was then that the sisters realized they wanted to dedicate their lives to music.

“When I was younger, I was never like, ‘One day, I’m going to be in a rock ‘n’ roll band,’ ” Jennifer said. “But after Mika Miko broke up, I was like, ‘Wait, this is what I want to do: play music.’ ”

Looking back on Mika Miko, the Clavins are grateful that they had the chance to figure out their sound and try new things before starting BleachedJennifer: “We always say, ‘Everyone needs their first band.’ ”

Jessica: “Yeah, if we never broke up, I would feel like I was still dating my first boyfriend.”

In addition to Welcome The Worms and the band’s upcoming tour (their first in two years), 2016 has marked another milestone for Bleached:

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Finally, an album that suggests Los Angeles isn’t a perma-sunny Instagram stream of kale smoothies, Coachella outfits and crystal healing ceremonies. It, too, has disillusioned millennials who can’t make rent, date a decent other and catch a break. That’s the city that Bleached attempt to capture on their second album, though, disappointingly, their peroxide-pop garage-rock is hardly Broad City-goes-punk. Instead, there are familiar tropes about going to shows, being wasted and chasing boys, from Wasted on You (“getting high off the drug that I call you”) to the Weezerish Wednesday Night Melody (“drag the needle on the groove today and waste away”). Occasionally there are moments of wry greatness: grunge homage Desolate Town evokes LA’s surfeit of dead-eyed hipsters (“said you were in a band/why am I not surprised”), while Sour Candy sounds like it’s speeding down Sunset Strip in a Chevrolet. Their songs are both catchy and as casual as a shoulder shrug, but you just wish those worms had dug a little deeper.

“Wednesday Night Melody” from ‘Welcome The Worms’ by Bleached, out on Dead Oceans on April 1st, 2016

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If music were a recipe, Bleached would be a half cup early Joan Jet, a table spoon of Chuck Berry, one cup Sex Pistols, with a sprinkle of Beach Boys. Serve raw on scratchy vinyl with a side of vintage seventies punk nostalgia.

Sisters Jennifer and Jessie Clavin, formally of Mika Miko, serve up a less dark, but still vintage array of raw and unfiltered emotion. After Mika Miko disbanded in 2009, Jennifer pursued her education in NY studying fashion design while Jessica remained in their home town of Los Angeles rocking it out with the band Cold Showers. When Jennifer returned to LA the sisters poured everything into Bleached with their first single, Francis, released on Ooga Booga Records in 2011. That same year in July the popular single “Carter”, via ArtFag was released featuring the popular “Think of You.

Looking back Jessie says, “Me and Jen were punk kids who weren’t taught how to play instruments. We taught ourselves how to play, out in the garage.” By the time Ride Your Heart was released in early summer of 2013 the band had a more well-structured sound and a better sense of direction. This is more obvious in For the Feel their 2014 release on Dead Oceans, where the sound is more capable, raw and matured.

The first time I heard Bleached, they felt vintage, like old dusty vinyl rediscovered. The strength and power behind the music is not shy. It’s in your face with a feel good sound that keeps you exploring the depths of what’s possible. Bleached takes you back, even if you’ve never been there before. You’d be hard pressed to hear them live, anywhere else but the streets of California. Their live shows are raw, loud and impressively disobedient. Their popularity is traditional to that of any underground punk band and they don’t seem to mind remaining hidden for a while longer.

 

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Garage pop trio Bleached are releasing their new LP, Welcome the Worms on April 1st  via Dead Oceans. They’ve now shared a new single off the album, “Sour Candy.” which is available in another post here  It’s sugary pop with a hint of Joan Jett in it.

They also shared a mini-documentary of of the band making the new album, which the band recorded at legendary L.A. studio Sunset Sounds. They open up about the inspirations for their songs and the excitement that comes with recording in the same studio as legendary bands like The Beach Boys, Prince, Rolling Stones.

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As previously mentioned, Bleached are heading on tour this month, kicking it off with SXSW appearance .

“Sour Candy” from ‘Welcome The Worms‘ by Bleached, out on Dead Oceans on April 1st, 2016

Whenever I see the date 4/1/16, I immediately think “oh hey, that’s when the new Explosions In The Sky album is coming out.” I believe, however, that it’s time for me to amend that thought to also include an equal amount of excitement for Bleached’s new LP. Today their latest single, which may be among my favorite of the bunch so far.

Garage pop trio Bleached are releasing their new LP, “Welcome The Worms” on April 1st via Dead Oceans. They’ve now shared a new single off the album, “Sour Candy.” It’s sugary pop with a hint of Joan Jett in it.

They also shared a mini-documentary of of the band making the new album, which the band recorded at legendary L.A. studio Sunset Sounds. They open up about the inspirations for their songs and the excitement that comes with recording in the same studio as legendary bands like The Beach Boys, Prince, Rolling Stones.

Bleached are heading on tour this month, kicking it off with SXSW in Austin Texas .

 

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BLEACHED – ” For The Feel “

Posted: January 29, 2016 in MUSIC
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Bleached “For The Feel”, Digital EP and Limited 7″ vinyl released Sep 16th on Dead Oceans, On the heels of three well-received singles comes Ride Your Heart, the bombastic debut album by LA band Bleached. Sisters Jennifer and Jessie Clavin match their ability to blend a mix of freewheeling ’77 punk with vintage sunny Southern California melodic rock and roll; creating blindingly bright hooks and dark heartfelt lyrics about love, loss, and the crazy fun moments in between. That’s the goal: the sugary and sour, repurposed by two aggressively harmonic musicians and songwriters. Their first single “Next Stop” epitomizes this movement – fun, raw, adventurous and free. Tossing you out onto the dance floor, hair mussed from make-outs, cigarette still dangling from your fingertips. Raised up deep in the San Fernando Valley, their suburban isolation nurtured the girls creativity, as they started making their own music at a young age. Sneaking into punk shows over the hill in Hollywood, they grew up to become teenaged underground staples at all-ages Downtown DIY venue, The Smell. “Me and Jen were punk kids who weren’t taught how to play instruments,” says Jessie. We taught ourselves how to play, out in the garage.” Eventually signing to Kill Rock Stars and Post Present Medium, their all-girl punk band Mika Miko drew international acclaim, landing slots on tours with No Age, Black Lips, and The Gossip.

 

Bleached made their network-television debut on Last Call With Carson Daly. Jessica, Jennifer and the rest of the band debuted two clips from their scorching performance for Burger-a-go-go, held at Santa Ana’s The Observatory. Catch the live video for “Love Spells” above, and “Dead In Your Head” hopefully upcoming tour dates after the Summer’s over if you live in California. Take it from Bleached, and pick yourself up copy of the band’s EP For the Feel out on Dead Oceans . The three-song EP was previously available for download in last July, but if you find yourself hankering for a physical copy of the 7″vinyl, follow the links below. Additionally, if you find yourself in California you could buy one from Burger Records.

If you are late to the game, download Bleached’s newest EP For The Feel via iTunes, or purchase the physical EP

Garage band Bleached now have a new song and are kicking ass on “Keep On Keepin’ On.” A Bangles-esque chugger about “about sticking with someone through thick and thin, no matter how fucked up they are” (can relate), it comes accompanied by a Lana Kim-directed video of the girls sprinting through a dark Los Angeles street. “You never see who or what we’re running from or being stalked by” says singer Jennifer Clavin