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Post-Adolescencia – BLEACHED: Can you deal (Ep, Dead Oceans, 2017)

Fuzzy post-adolescente y rabia guitarrera para este cuarteto de Los Ángeles que facturó esta primavera este Ep rabioso de cuatro temas urgentes cargados de distorsión.

“Los Angeles-based sister duo Jennifer and Jessie Clavin knew things were going to be different for their band Bleached’s sophomore LP Welcome The Worms. Not only had they managed to charm world renowned producer Joe Chiccarelli (Morrissey, The Strokes, Elton John) to join them and their bassist Micayla Grace in the studio, but the sisters had been crawling out of their own personal dramas. While emotionally spinning, they dove head first into music.
In the studio, Chiccarelli and co-producer Carlos de la Garza (Paramore, YACHT) helped the band perfect their fervent songs into fearlessly big pop melodies. They drew inspiration from the iconic hits of everyone from Fleetwood Mac to Heart to Roy Ayers. The result is an ambitious rock record with a new found pop refinement that somehow still feels like the Shangri-Las on speed, driven forward in a wind of pot and petals, a wall of guitars in the back seat.
After touring extensively worldwide and finding success with their hit single “Wednesday Night Melody”, Bleached is back with four new blazing tracks on their Can You Deal? EP. Fueled by the experiences they’ve had as women in their calling for music, Can You Deal? takes on the complexities of issues female musicians encounter in an industry dominated by men. With this fire in their bellies, they connected with Alex Newport (Bloc Party, Mars Volta) to produce the EP. With their singularly triumphant mix of sunny melodies, thrashing guitars and lyrics highlighting the darker sides of life, Bleached continues to demand your attention” (Press)

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3 septiembre, 2017 Posted by | Bleached | Deja un comentario

Bleached: Ride your heart (Dead Oceans, 2013)

La verdad es que el sonido de Bleached está más que relacionado con bastantes referentes más que cercanos (Vivian Girls) incluso no tan próximos en el tiempo (Blondie); aunque creo que éso a las chicas les importa más bien poco. Las hermanas Clavin (Jessica y Jennifer) han facturado un disco en el que han limado asperezas anteriores (Mika Miko, su anterior formación), han dejado algo de lado el Riot Grrrl y se acercan algo más al sonido de Beach Coast con una colección de canciones que es algo así como el repertorio actualizado de las Shangri-Las añadiéndole una ración justa de distorsión y  de entonación Ramoniana (Dreaming without you).
BleachedEn cualquier caso, esos nuevos bríos de su música le han sentado más que bien a su sonido, y ahora facturan temas más que interesantes, como Next stop, Looking for a fight, Waiting by the telephone, Love spells, Searching through the past, Dead boy, When I was yours
No me gusta mucho utilizar esta coletilla tan usada de “no inventan nada nuevo”, pero, aunque realmente es así, el sonido de Bleached es hijo de su tiempo como el que más, y no está en absoluto exento de interés.


The Clavins are best known as veterans of the beloved, now-defunct L.A. punk band Mika Miko, where they both cut more colorful figures than they do in Bleached: Jessica set the pace for the band’s manic, pogoing, sped-up surf-rock rhythm section, while Jennifer’s (better known then by her Dracula-esque stage name, Victor Fandgore) signature move was singing (though more often, screaming) into a rotary telephone rigged up like a mic. Three years after their break-up, Mika Miko’s legend is established yet ephemeral; like so many underground heroes, they never made a record that quite captured the caterwauling craziness of their live show. Not that they cared: “I think we come off better live than we do recorded,” Jessica said in a 2009 interview, “It’s better to have that impact as a live band though, isn’t it?” The rest of the band nodded in agreement.
It’s kind of ironic, then, that Ride Your Heart succeeds precisely where the final Mika Miko album– the spirited but thin-sounding We Be Xuxa— failed: it manages to capture some of the infectious energy of the Clavins’ live show. The difference is all in the production: Ride Your Heart is lush but still maintains a certain loose, inviting sloppiness, which suits the more upbeat songs particularly well. Opener “Looking For a Fight” lurches forward with a grumbling, belligerent swagger, while Jennifer’s whiplashed howl on “Next Stop” (“Until next tiiiiiime”) makes the song feel like an adrenaline rush: It sounds like she’s shouting the whole thing out of a convertible as it zips around a tight corner. Jennifer’s vocals sound comparatively stiff and uninspired on “Dreaming Without You” (she doesn’t find much emotion in the repeated refrain “Baby, don’t cry/ Baby, don’t cry”), but the stomping percussion and guitar solo (which sounds straight out of a Flamin’ Groovies track and cuts through like a beam of California sunshine) shakes the song out of its stupor.
Not every song on Ride Your Heart is so lucky. Bleached’s songcraft often feels bland and unimaginative, relying on familiar, pop-worn imagery (“Waiting by the Telephone”) and generic declarations of love. (The inert “Outta My Mind” doesn’t move far beyond its girl-group-revival-by-numbers hook, “Get out of my mind, boy/ You know I think about you all of the time.”) Though there’s an electric current coursing through Ride Your Heart, it’s too often wasted on mundane material– which is especially disappointing given how zany and lyrically imaginative their previous band was. Hopefully more of that signature flair will creep into future Bleached releases: It’s hard to be content with them waiting by the telephone when we’ve seen them scream into it” (Pitchfork)

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18 junio, 2013 Posted by | Bleached | Deja un comentario

Bleached: Think of you (Single, 2011)

Bleached son uno de esos grupos residentes en Los Angeles que se quedaron prendados de la facilidad con la que Los Ramones fueron capaces de construir una carrera musical basándose en unos pocos acordes que además resultaban fáciles de interpretar. Si a éso le añades unas melodías arrebatadoras y una actitud más o menos insolente, pues el resultado final puede ser algo así como este Think of you, el single de presentación de Bleached. Júzgalos tú mismo.

Bleached – Think of you (Single, 2011)

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18 julio, 2011 Posted by | Bleached | 1 comentario


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