Bleached are back with “Kiss You Goodbye”.

by Christopher Smith

LA group Bleached are back with a crazy retro new single “Kiss You Goodbye” taken from their forthcoming third studio album “Do You Think You’ve Had Enough?”. Sisters Jennifer and Jessica Clavin together with Micayla Grace and Nick Pillot have been performing as Bleached since 2010 and have already delivered the hit albums “Ride Your Heart” (2013) and “Welcome The Worms” (2016).

Serving up raffish punk-pop that sounds a little like a cheerier take on their former band Mika Miko, Bleached was created after the group disbanded in 2009 following which Jennifer took a break from performing music, although she and Jessica continued to write songs together. She moved to New York to pursue her education in fashion design, then spent a stint as Cold Cave’s keyboardist and backing vocalist in 2010 and 2011. Meanwhile, Jessica remained in the Clavins’ home turf of Los Angeles, playing with the band Cold Showers.

When Jessica returned to LA, the sisters began to work in earnest on Bleached, playing shows with like-minded bands such as Hunx & His Punx in June 2011 and issuing their first single “Francis” on Ooga Booga Records. That July, the “Carter” single, which featured the track “Think Of You,” arrived courtesy of Art Fag. By the time their third release, the limited-edition single “Searching Through The Past On Suicide Squeeze”, arrived that December, Bleached had already adopted a cleaner, more structured sound. This more polished style was evident on the band’s first full-length, 2013’s “Ride Your Heart”.

To make their second album “Welcome The Worms”, the group retreated to a cottage in Joshua Tree, California to write songs about their heartaches and changing lives. Featuring production by Joe Chiccarelli and Carlos de la Garza, “Welcome The Worms” arrived in 2016. Bleached returned in 2017 with “Can You Deal?”, an EP partly inspired by the sexist questions they encountered while doing press for “Welcome The Worms”. In addition, Jennifer Clavin compiled a zine (also titled Can You Deal) that featured thoughts on sexism from artists including Liz Phair, EMA, Lizzo, and Patty Schemel; the net proceeds of the zine benefited Planned Parenthood.

“Kiss You Goodbye”, with its quirky and kitch video, is the third track released prior to “Do You Think You’ve Had Enough?” and follows “Hard To Kill” and “Shitty Ballet”, the groups first new music and commercial releases for two years. The group cite their influences from The Gun Club, Johnny Thunders, The Misfits, The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Blondie, Siouxsie and The Banshees and many other glam rock/punk artists.

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