Bleached - Can You Deal? EP

by Jeff Penczak Rating:7 Release Date:2017-03-03

El Lay garage poppers follow up last year’s winner Welcome The Worms with this short EP that comes with a neat little ‘zine featuring essays, short stories, and art drawn by band members and friends, including Liz Phair, Tegan Quin, Bethany Cosentino (Best Coast), Suzi Gardner & Donita Sparks (L7), and Jane Wiedlin (The Go Go’s). The music’s pretty bitchin’, too! The title track harangues against lazy journalists who can’t get past the “girl band” pigeonholing that’s frustrated the band for years – it’s the 21st century fer crissake, and girls can play rock and roll, so get over it already. Fierce drumming and a gnarly solo seal the deal.

The ‘Flipside’ is a catchy punk pop fist pumper and although the vitriolic ‘Turn To Rage’ suffers under the weight of Brody Dalle’s influence, ‘Dear Trouble’ saves the day with another anthem-like shouter that recalls fond memories of Welcome The Worms highlight ‘Sour Candy'.

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