- Words Madison Stewart
Pop-punk duo Bleached bring a garage twist to the indie pop scene with the launch of their third album.
Since 2011, dynamic pop-punk duo Bleached have brought a garage so-cal twist to the indie pop scene. The band, formed of sisters Jennifer and Jessie Clavin, just announced their third LP out July 12th, which marks an exciting expansion of their sound. The album, titled “Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough?”, was inspired by Jennifer’s question to herself as she faced a turning point in her alcoholism. Addiction and hard truths are central themes in the album but the duo pair laid-back, cowbell-accentuated tunes with honest and courageous lyrics to tackle serious subject matter in a way that is both musically ambitious and uplifting.
The album was produced by Shane Stoneback (Vampire Weekend) and recorded in Los Angeles and Nashville last year. The sound of the previous album, “Welcome the Worms” was heavily influenced by writing sessions for the EP in the deserts of Joshua Tree, and similarly, you can hear the laid-back country twang of their Nashville sessions mixed in with the Clavin’s signature sound. The fresh, explosive sound of the album also reflects a shift in the creative process of the Clavin sisters. It was the first time they wrote an album with a regimented schedule and were encouraged by Stoneback to experiment with new techniques, often working separately while recording. This playful approach combined with Jennifer’s sobriety marks “Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough?” as the first record the Clavins wrote from a place of true happiness and this is palpable in every track.
The tracks buzz with cinematic audio and while the visuals from the album’s music videos are reminiscent of the 80s. The sisters’ messages of self-love and acceptance look towards a rebellious new future of female expression. The drive of Bleached to create authentic, unapologetic music is visceral and the key to their rising success as a singular voice in the alt-pop scene.
As this week’s Internet Crush, 2e sit down with the sister act to talk inspirations for the album, working with family and going on tour.