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BLEACHED – ” Stupid Boys “

Posted: October 8, 2020 in MUSIC
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Sisters Jennifer and Jessie Clavin grew up deep in the San Fernando Valley, and they became teenaged underground staples at all-ages Downtown DIY venue The Smell after years of sneaking into punk shows over the hill in Hollywood. Bleached originally formed when the Clavin sisters resolved to continue working with each other upon the break up of their all-girl punk band Mika Miko.

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Released October 8th, 2020

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Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough? is what Jennifer Clavin asked herself when she hit a turning point in her life. It’s also the title of the new record from Bleached, Jessie and Jennifer Clavin’s first LP written from a place of sobriety. That newfound perspective serves as the guiding force, yielding a courageous, honest, and sonically ambitious album. It’s a record about fighting both literally and figuratively for your life – and the clarity born from that struggle.

Writing began in early 2018, both in a Los Angeles practice space, and with friends and co-writers in Nashville. Producer Shane Stoneback (Vampire Weekend, Sleigh Bells) helped open every door to experimentation, wanting to be exploratory while keeping the sound singularly Bleached.

The resulting LP is explosive, grappling with the past; its twelve tracks mark some of the sisters’ most visceral, rawest songwriting to date – and some of their best. The work glimmers with inspiration found in touring with the likes of The Damned and Paramore. That arena-ready pop, incisively catchy, was a palpable influence helping to push Bleached’s sound in a new direction.

Following on from the release of “Kiss You Goodbye” last month, Los Angeles duo Bleached return this July with the romping “Rebound City.” The latest single to be unveiled from Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough? is described by Jennifer Clavin as “a brief history of the mistakes that I’ve made,” with the front woman’s post-breakup mea culpa coming supported by a combination of exuberant power chords and thunderous drums.

off ‘Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough?’ out July 12 on Dead Oceans Records.

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This week sister duo Bleached (Jessie and Jennifer Clavin) announced a new album, “Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough?”, and shared a video for a catchy new song from it, “Hard to Kill.” Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough?is due out July 12th via Dead Oceans.

The songs were written in Los Angeles and Nashville. Jessie did most of the instrumentation and Jennifer mainly did the lyrics and melodies. Shane Stoneback (Vampire Weekend, Sleigh Bells) produced the album. The album is the follow-up to 2016’s Welcome the Worms and 2017’s Can You Deal? EP. A press release says Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough?is the band’s “first LP written from a place of sobriety.”

Jennifer had this to say about the album in a press release: “Writing these songs while sober became somewhat of a spiritual experience. I had to let go, trust the process, and allow an energy beyond my control to be present.”

“Hard To Kill” by Bleached off ‘Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough?’ out July 12 on Dead Oceans Records

Los-Angeles based rockers Bleached are back with their stripped-down new single “Shitty Ballet.” This is the duo’s first new music since their rough-edged and rollicking 2017 EP Can You Deal?, which inspired a feminist zine of the same name featuring artists like Kate Nash, Julien Baker, Lizzo and numerous others.

“Shitty Ballet” represents a definite change in sound for sisters Jessica and Jennifer Clavin, as the track is mostly filled with acoustic guitar until their backing band joins in for a heavy ending. The song was written in mere hours “in a deluge of heartbreak,” according to a press release, which partially accounts for their more pared-back instrumentation.

Jennifer said of “Shitty Ballet” in a statement:

Bleached has always been a pretty loud rock band so we felt it was time to explore a more stripped-down style of playing. With the vulnerability of the lyrics we decided to carry that into the instruments as well for the first time recording with just an acoustic guitar and vocals. Sonic change is important to us right now. More of that coming soon.

The track is accompanied by a one-shot video of the sisters singing alongside ballerinas, The video’s soft, rosy lighting reflects the single’s gentler sound.

Bleached – “Shitty Ballet” single out now on Dead Oceans Records

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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.