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On The Verge: Bleached

posted March 8, 2012, 8:16 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, Festivals, General Interest, Music News, On The Verge | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: 35 Denton 2012, 35 Denton Fest, 35 Denton, SXSW, Bleached, SXSW 2012

Back to basics. Take your time. Guitars and golden noise. Meet Bleached, two sisters from LA creating rough-hewed, high-collared, melodic Rock & Roll. Formerly part of Mika Miko, Jessica and Jennifer Clavin were best known for their freewheeling ’77 punk and riot girl lawlessness. In Bleached, they share the same slant towards the hard-edged, but instead veer towards a more vintage ensemble of Ramones bubble-gum, Merle Haggard country, and 60’s psychedelic rock.  We first discovered the band last October, when researching CMJ. They have already received attention from Spin, Rolling Stone, and Brooklyn Vegan.
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 the all-ages Downtown DIY venue, The Smell. Signed to Kill Rock Stars and Post Present Medium, their all-girl punk band Mika Miko drew international acclaim and won them slots on tours with No Age, Black Lips, and The Gossip. They have since gone on and toured with with Smith Westerns, Porcelain Raft, Black Belles, Veronica Falls, and with San Diego surf rockers, Heavy Hawaii.
Bleached originally formed when the Clavin sisters resolved to continue working with each other upon the break up of Mika Miko. Plans were postponed when Jennifer was asked to join NY band, Cold Cave, where she toured extensively and relocated east. With Jennifer away, Jessie began to play with the popular LA band, Cold Showers. Since moving back to her hometown, Bleached now serves as both girls’ chief creative outlet.  Earlier this year, they released their first 7” on Ooga Booga,  a Los Angeles art, book and fashion boutique imprint.
On their new single “Think of You,” Bleached’s playful harmonizing masks the dark topics they sing about: the struggles experienced upon failed relationships and all the sad themes that Stevie Nicks once eloquently expressed. That’s the goal, the sugary and sour repurposed by two aggressively harmonic musicians and songwriters.
The band’s “Carter” 7” was released on July 19th on Art Fag Recordings. The girls have plans to release another 7” soon and are playing a number of shows in California. They are building a reputation for their raucous irrepressibly fun live shows.  You can catch the band at the 35 Denton fest, and at SXSW. Or check out site for coverage of them.


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