Bleached in the shop
Can You Deal?
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12" EP on opaque white vinyl
The new EP following from 2016's Welcome The Worms from garage-punk band Bleached. They played their great blend of melodic-fueled punk in the shop last year in support of their debut album, it's great to have new tunes from them. Lead single Can You Deal is a song full of contrasts, one moment there's noisey thrashy guitars and the next brings things down to smooth hooks.
The EP will be accompanied by a zine, also titled Can You Deal?, featuring essays, art, and poetry from the likes of Hayley Williams, Tegan Quin, Liz Phair, Alice Glass, and Julien Baker. All proceeds from the zine will go to Planned Parenthood.
"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 labeling 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. It was also our most ambitious body of work yet, with guitar work and guitar sounds and production we had only dreamed of until then. 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? Labeling 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?" - Jennifer Clavin, Bleached
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Cat no: DOC128LPC1
Label: Dead Oceans
Info correct on: 18/6/2018