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With their debut EP ‘A Calm Sense Of Surrounding’ arriving on 19th March, Bleach Lab are giving us the final taste of what to expect with a new track ‘Flood’.

“’Flood’ is one long metaphor for being completely overwhelmed and overcome by someone and losing all sense of control within them,” singer Jenna Kyle explains. “I sing ‘I’m in his words, I’m in his mouth, I’m in his mind’ to get across how absorbed I was by them, much like how the sand soaks up a wave.”

The recurring metaphor of the sea, and what lies beneath, is found throughout the upcoming record, used by Jenna and bassist Josh Longman to explore their traumatic experiences of grief, and mirrored in guitarist Frank Wates’ sound. “When you think about it, water has so many different characteristics,” he notes. “It can resemble calm, tranquillity and slowness. Yet it can also be utterly terrifying – waves that dwarf you, ships desperate to stay afloat, dangerous predators unknowingly swimming under your feet. We felt this was similar to the whole mess of emotions which grief exposes you to and it subconsciously seeped into our lyrics and soundscapes.”

Bleach Lab are establishing themselves as a force to be reckoned with, conjuring spaced-out melodies alongside jangly guitars. Taking inspiration from the likes of Mazzy Star and The Smiths, Bleach Lab have fused their own introspective yet emotionally frenetic soundscape. 

Bucks born, South London based indie/dream-pop band, formed in late 2018 ‘A Calm Sense of Surrounding’ EP