Yesterday, Los Angeles-based band, Bleached, announced their new EP titled Can You Deal? which is out on 3rd of March. You can listen to the title track above. This is the first release after their hugely successful album Welcome the Worms, which is also one of our favourites from 2016.
Started as sisters duo, Bleached has evolved into the four-piece punk rock band with much cleaner and more structured sound. Since the beginning sisters were very open about their life experiences and the meanings behind their songs. In a recent press release Jen spoke about the importance of creating and the disappointment of still being labelled as a “girl band”: “I create music and art because I need to. To express, to bond, to reconcile, and to connect. And to use my voice. To have it received with such a generic labelling as “girl band” and consistently referenced as “female fronted” is insulting and reductive. The title track to this EP, “Can You Deal?” is about this experience. Last year we released a deeply personal full-length album titled “Welcome The Worms”. It was a record about being in an emotionally abusive relationship. It was a record about getting spun out on drugs and alcohol. It was a record about totally losing myself in order to find myself. And yet to this day I am still fielding interview questions that have more to do with my gender than with the art I am creating. Somehow the conversation usually derails into some variation of the following question: “What is it like to be a girl in a rock band?”. And the ensuing story will define us based on our sex. Why is gender pointed out in nearly all coverage of our band? Labelling me as a woman in a band just puts me in a box, and doesn’t allow everything else I am to be seen and heard. It’s 2017, Can You Deal with women playing rock and roll yet?”
We have a soft spot for Bleached since we love our punk so much but that’s not the only reason. First of all, they’re sending the right message as creators and performers. We share same values seeking for equality in this world. Secondly, they just sound good, and it’s that simple – if you want to be heard you have to create a powerful product.
You can check our interview with Bleached here.