There’s a sea of new with the music that Bleached is releasing, especially on their new album Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough? Refreshed and writing from a new head space, the Clavin sisters take bold leaps on the album that not only pay off, but take their mixture of punk and pop and creates something new that you can really champion in the process.
From the opening drums on “Heartbeat Away,” you should realize that this is a new sound for the band. The compressed notes have a terse touch that keeps the tightness of the rock throwback sound in tact. Bleached is treading into new territory here, but it works so well that it sticks in your head. That’s how the rest of the record plays out. With tighter production, the band can take new steps towards growing their base without alienating them. While “Hard to Kill” adds funk notes and disco nuance, “I Get What I Need” adds happy-go-lucky tones to the group’s repertoire and lends a pop shimmer that isn’t dialed in. “Kiss You Goodbye” keeps that neo-disco sound and heads closer to the pop tones the band has played around with in the past.
But the real winners here are songs that have weight and snarl. “Rebound City” has a real eighties rock feel, “Valley to LA” mixes in that Laurel Canton sound with Southern twang and “Real Life” adds claps to the old school rock sounds. The rock songs are what give you pause here because the additional pop nods make the songs easier to hang on to without getting all sugary. The biggest standout on the album is the new wave graced sounds of “Somebody Dial 911.” The song has the feel of something that came out thirty years ago, but done in a modern way. It’s pop, it’s endearing and it has these synth rock nuances that remind you when Phil Collins started going solo in the best way possible. Where Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough? really shines is when the sisters change up how they did things in the past with the best results.
Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough? is available to stream on all streaming sites, it can be purchased digitally in all online music stores or physically on multiple formats directly from Dead Oceans. Bleached is on tour beginning August 22 in London, UK at The Lexington until October 12 in Los Angeles, CA at The Lodge Room. The band’s complete tour schedule can be found here.
Image Credits: Photo by Nicky Giraffe.