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LISTEN // Bleached Present New Single, “Sour Candy,” And Making Of ‘Welcome The Worms’ Mini-Documentary

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Los Angeles shredders BleachedJen Clavin (vocals, guitar), Jessie Clavin (guitar) and Micayla Grace (bass) – embrace the darker side of life with their ambitious new rock album, Welcome The Worms, out next month via Dead Oceans. Recorded at Sunset Sound with renowned producer and engineer Joe Chiccarelli and co-producer Carlos de la Garza, who helped the band perfect their fervent pop songs into fearlessly big pop melodies, Welcome The Worms presents a smarter, heavier, emotionally deeper Bleached while keeping the band’s origins of cheeky, California-punk in the forefront. Watch the band’s making of video below, and check out Welcome The Worms’ highlight “Sour Candy,” an effortless hit sure to stick in your head for days!

 

 

 

Bleached’s Welcome The Worms is out April 1st. The band kicks off their North American tour this Friday in Las Vegas at Neon Reverb Festival and then heads into a packed SXSW before taking their show all over the country. Also, beginning tomorrow, get your hands on some fresh Bleached Emojis via the Apple app store!   

 

Pre-order Welcome The Worms:

via Dead Oceans // iTunes // Amazon

Support your local independent record store

Bleached Tour Dates:

Fri. March 11 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Bunkhouse (Neon Reverb Festival)

Mon. March 14 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda – The AV Club – 8pm

Wed. March 16 – Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas – She Shreds – 4:30pm

Thu. March 17 – Austin, TX @ Red Eyed Fly – Another Planet – 2:30pm

Thu. March 17 – Austin, TX @ Cedar St. Courtyard – FLOODfest – 9pm

Thu. March 17 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda – 12am

Fri. March 18 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s – SPIN – 1:30pm

Sat. March 19 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk – Fun Fun Fun Fest SXSW – 12:30pm

Sat. March 19 – Austin, TX @ The Gatsby – Pandora – 4pm

Sun. March 20 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger/Burger Hangover Festival

Thu. March 24 – Fayetteville, AR @ On The Map Festival

Tue. March 29 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones *

Wed. March 30 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah*

Sat. April 2 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar*

Sun. April 3 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace *

Mon. April 4 – Austin, TX @ Sidewinder*

Tue. April 5 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s *

Wed. April 6 – Dallas, TX @ Three Link*

Fri. April 8 – Nashville, TN @ The High Watt*

Sat. April 9 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn*

Mon. April 11 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *

Wed. April 13 – Washington, DC @ DC9*

Thu. April 14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brendas *

Fri. April 15 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott*

Sat. April 16 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz POB*

Sun. April 17 – Toronto, ON @ Garrison*

Mon. April 18 – Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place *

Wed. April 20 – Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness*

Thu. April 21 – Ferndale, MI @ Loving Touch*

Fri. April 22 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle*

Sat. April 23 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry*

Mon. April 25 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge*

Tue. April 26 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court*

Thu. April 28 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret*

Fri. April 29 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza*

Sat. April 30 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir*

Mon. May 2 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill*

Wed. May 4 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room*

Thu. May 5 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom*

Tue. May 17 – Manchester, UK @ Gulivers

Wed. May 18 – London, UK @ Moth Club

Thu. May 19 – Brighton, UK @ The Great Escape Festival @ Horatios

Fri. May 20 – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet

Sat. May 21 – Eindhoven, NL @ Stroomhuis

Tue. May 24 – Lille, FR @ Aeronof

Wed. May 25 – Everux, FR @ Abordage

Thu. May 26 – Metz, FR @ BAM

Fri. May 27 – Paris, FR @ Badaboum

Sat. May 28 – Antwerp, BL @ Het Bos

Mon. May 30 – Zurich, SW @ Eldorado

Sat. July 16-Sun. July 17 – Kansas City, KS @ Children’s Mercy Park – KRBZ Buzz Beach Ball 2016

 

* with No Parents

WATCH // Bleached Share Video For New Single “Wednesday Night Melody”

“’Wednesday Night Melody’ perfectly captures the spirit of young adulthood, a time when you’re young and free and your whole life is ahead of you, but you’re often broke and consumed by angst. Bleached’s furious and fun sound, mixed with a slacker vibe, invites you to enjoy your youthful worries while they last.” — NPR Music’s “All Songs Considered”

 

“Like the band itself, the video tackles objectively unpleasant subject matter with cheeky panache, transforming it into a scuzzed-out garage pop ride.” — Noisey on “Wednesday Night Melody” video

 

“a sneering soundtrack to a souring relationship and a gentle reminder to keep on keepin’ on regardless.”

The FADER

 

“If lead single ‘Keep On Keepin’ On’ is any indication, the L.A. rockers have found a way to further indulge their punk desires with breezy pop vibes…the track chugs forward with driving, incessant guitar and a dangerous bass line that creeps in the background. — Consequence of Sound

 

Bleached have unveiled the video for their new single, “Wednesday Night Melody,” from their forthcoming album, Welcome The Worms, out April 1st on Dead Oceans. The video depicts Bleached band members, Jessie Clavin and Micayla Grace, coming home to find their lead singer, Jennifer Clavin, dead. But the band has an important gig that night at renowned L.A. rock club, The Smell, and the show must go on!

 

“We were so stoked we got to do this video with [director] Gil Kenan,” said Jennifer. “We’ve known each other for years from the Smell scene in L.A. I didn’t realize how well his concept for this video flowed with the lyrics until after we finished filming. The lyrics started off as a letter to myself and range from depicting the indulgence of vices to escape, sad reflection of the past, and into the acceptance of those feelings as a part of life and feeling hopeful for the future. So the fact that I play dead during this whole video was such an abstract take on it that it felt perfect.”

 

Upon the announcement of Welcome The Worms, Bleached is being recognized as a no-frills, not-to-be-missed rock band. Coming out of a particularly trying time in life, sisters Jessie and Jennifer dove head-first into music, siting unhealthy romantic endeavors, eviction and futile drunken nights as the inspiration behind their ambitious sophomore album. The band will be heading to SXSW and will then embark on their extensive North American tour in support of the record (all dates below).

 

Pre-order Welcome The Worms:

via Dead Oceans // iTunes // Amazon

Support your local independent record store

Bleached Tour Dates:

Tue. Mar. 15 – Sat. March 19 – Austin, TX @ SXSW

Sun. Mar. 20 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger/Burger Hangover Festival

Thu. Mar. 24 – Fayetteville, AR @ On The Map Festival

Tue. Mar. 29 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones *

Wed. Mar. 30 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah*

Sat. Apr. 2 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar*

Mon. Apr. 4 – Austin, TX @ Sidewinder*

Tue. Apr. 5 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s *

Wed. Apr. 6 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links *

Fri. Apr. 8 – Nashville, TN @ The High Watt *

Sat. Apr. 9 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn *

Mon. Apr. 11 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *

Wed. Apr. 13 – Washington, DC @ DC9*

Fri. Apr. 15 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott*

Sat. Apr. 16 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz POB *

Sun. Apr. 17 – Toronto, ON @ Garrison*

Wed. Apr. 20 – Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness*

Thu. Apr. 21 – Ferndale, MI @ Loving Touch*

Fri. Apr. 22 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle*

Sat. Apr. 23 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry*

Mon. Apr. 25 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge*

Tue. Apr. 26 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court*

Thu. Apr. 28 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret *

Fri. Apr. 29 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza*

Sat. Apr. 30 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir *

Mon. May 2 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill*

Wed. May 4 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room*

Thu. May 5 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom*

Tue. May 17 – Manchester, UK @ Gulivers

Wed. May 18 – London, UK @ Moth Club

Thu. May 19 – Brighton, UK @ The Great Escape Festival @ Horatios

Fri. May 20 – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet

Sat. May 21 – Eindhoven, NL @ Stroomhuis

Tue. May 24 – Lille, FR @ Aeronof

Wed. May 25 – Everux, FR @ Abordage

Thu. May 26 – Metz, FR @ BAM

Fri. May 27 – Paris, FR @ Badaboum

Sat. May 28 – Antwerp, BL @ Het Bos

Mon. May 30 – Zurich, SW @ Eldorado

 

* with No Parents

WATCH // Kevin Morby Releases Video For “I Have Been To The Mountain,” Shares Expanded Tour Dates (Incl. SXSW)

 

Today, Kevin Morby shares the first video and single off his forthcoming record, Singing Saw, out 4/15 on Dead Oceans. “I Have Been To The Mountain” is as angry a song as Kevin has written, which can almost be gleaned from the purposeful opening acoustic strum. “‘I Have Been To The Mountain’ is a song for those struck down by the hands of evil – senseless killings which have always overwhelmed our planet, but especially recently,” says Morby. “It’s dedicated to and inspired by the death of Eric Garner.

 

The video, directed by Phillip Lopez and starring dancer Nathan Mitchell, portrays a man on his deathbed that, upon death, is reborn as an exuberant and jovial presence, performing for no audience in glum surroundings. Perhaps just as interesting as the video and song is how Kevin and Phillip came to collaborate. Phillip had produced a short film called “Fred Astaire with a stomach full of Corn Chips and Valium” starring Mitchell and featuring his emotive dancing, which used Kevin’s song “Harlem River,” though it was uncredited. Morby loved the video, and reached out to Lopez asking for him to credit his song, which he happily did. When it came time to create a video for Singing Saw‘s first single, Kevin knew whom to tap for the job. Mitchell’s almost Buster Keaton-esque mannerisms are captivating to behold. “Kevin wanted to embrace the dancing of Nathan,” said Lopez, “and I had remembered a time in the hospital when a man was dying in the bed next to me, and his family was wailing in grief.  The moment he died, they were all silent, and i felt as if his soul danced around the place.  To me the message of the song resonated with this sort of nostalgic sagely wisdom, that empowers us even in death.”

 

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KEVIN MORBY TOUR DATES (new dates in bold):

(more info and tix here)

Thu. Feb. 25 – Rennes, FR @ La Route du Rock Winter Festival

Wed. Mar 16 – Fri. Mar. 18 – Austin, TX @ SXSW

Thu. May 5 – London, UK @ Oslo Hackney

Fri. May 6 – Paris, FR @ La Maroquinerie

Sat. May 7 – Brussels, BE @ Atelier 210

Sun. May 8 – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet

Mon. May 9 – Berlin, DE @ Lido

Tue. May 10 – Copenhagen, DK @ Copenhagen Jazzhouse

Wed. May 11 – Gothenburg, SE @ Pustervik

Thu. May 12 – Lund, SE @ @ Mejeriet

Fri. May 13 – Aarhus, DK @ Radar

Sat. May 14 – Hamburg, DE @ Molotow

Thu. June 2 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room *

Fri. June 3 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater *

Sat. June 4 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Crepe Place *

Mon. June 6 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios *

Tue. June 7 – Vancouver, BC @ Media Club *

Wed. June 8 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern *

Fri. June 10 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kliby Court *

Sat. June 11 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge *

Sun. June 12 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room *

Tue. June 14 0 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry *

Wed. June 15 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas *

Thu. June 16 – Grand Rapids , MI @ Pyramid Scheme *

Fri. June 17 – Toronto, ON @ The Great Hall *

Sun. June 19 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott *

Mon. June 20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle *

Wed. June 22 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade NYC *

Thu. June 23 – Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel *

Fri. June 24 – Durham, NC @ The Pinhook *

Sat. June 25 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl *

Sun. June 26 – Nashville, TN @ 3rd & Lindsley

Tue. June 28 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada

Wed. June 29 – Austin, TX @ The Sidewinder

Sat. July 2 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah

Thu. Aug 4 – Sun. Aug. 8 – Happy Valley, OR @ Pickathon

 

* w/ Jaye Bartell

WATCH // Kevin Morby Shares Trailer For ‘Singing Saw,’ Out April 15th

 
On April 15th, Kevin Morby will release his third record, and first for Dead Oceans, Singing Saw. It is a record of duality, one that marks another stage of growth for this young, gifted songwriter with a kind face and a complicated mind.

 

In the autumn of 2014, Kevin Morby moved to the small, hilly Los Angeles neighborhood of Mount Washington. The move would shape Singing Saw. Previous tenants at Morby’s new home happened to leave an upright piano behind, with a few mysterious pieces of sheet music and an introductory book of common chords stacked on top. Thankful to finally be in one place for an extended spell, Morby, a beginner at the piano, immediately sat at the new instrument and began composing the songs that would form Singing Saw.

 

Alongside, he began taking long walks through the winding hills and side streets of the neighborhood each night, glimpsing views of both the skyline’s sweeping lights and the dark, dried out underbrush of the LA flora. The duality of the city itself began to shape a set of lyrical ideas that he would refine with the sparse accompaniment of piano and acoustic guitar.

 

The arrangements of Singing Saw trace back to Morby’s experience playing in The Complete Last Waltz, a live recreation of The Band’s legendary last performance. There, Morby developed a fast friendship with producer/bandleader Sam Cohen (Apollo Sunshine, Yellowbirds), which led Morby to forgo recording in Los Angeles and take the nascent songs of Singing Saw to Isokon Studios in Woodstock, New York. There, in a converted A-frame house, they set about creating a record that would bring a sonic balance, intricacy and depth to match these songs and all that inspired them. Morby and Cohen (who added guitar, bass, drums and keyboard) were joined by fellow Complete Last Waltz alum Marco Benevento on piano and keyboard. Backup vocalists Hannah Cohen, Lauren Balthrop and Alecia Chakor contributed soaring harmonies; Nick Kinsey (Elvis Perkins) added drums and percussion; Justin Sullivan, a longtime Morby collaborator and staple of his live band, contributed drums; Oliver Hill and Eliza Bag lifted numerous songs with string accompaniments, and Alec Spiegelman on saxophone and flute and Cole Kamen-Green on trumpet brought dramatic swells. Finally, John Andrews (Quilt) added the eerie lilt of the album’s promise, providing saw on the “Cut Me Down” and “Singing Saw”.

 

In the end, Morby fulfills the promise many heard on his first two albums, bringing his most realized effort of songwriting and lyricism to fruition. The songs of Singing Saw reflect the clarity that comes from welcoming change and embracing duality, and the distillation of those elements into an entirely new vision.

Pre-Order Singing Saw now:
via Dead Oceans // iTunes // Amazon// Support your local independent record store

SINGING SAW TRACKLISTING
Cut Me down
I Have Been To The Mountain
Singing Saw
Drunk And On A Star
Dorothy
Ferris Wheel
Destroyer
Black Flowers
Water

 

EU TOUR DATES:
(more info and tix here)

Thu. May 5 – London, UK @ Oslo Hackney
Fri. May 6 – Paris, FR @ La Maroquinerie
Sat. May 7 – Brussels, BE @ Atelier 210
Sun. May 8 – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet
Mon. May 9 – Berlin, DE @ Lido
Tue. May 10 – Copenhagen, DK @ Copenhagen Jazzhouse
Wed. May 11 – Gothenburg, SE @ Pustervik
Thu. May 12 – Lund, SE @ @ Mejeriet
Fri. May 13 – Aarhus, DK @ RadarSar. May 14 – Hamburg, DE @ Molotow

WATCH // Bleached Share Video For “Keep On Keepin’ On,” Album Release Date For ‘Welcome The Worms’

 
April 1st sees the release of Welcome The Worms, the ambitious new rock album by Los Angeles-based Bleached. While keeping the band’s origin of cheeky, California-punk in the forefront, Welcome The Worms is a smarter, heavier, emotionally deeper Bleached.

Sisters Jennifer (vocals, guitar) and Jessie Clavin (guitar, bass) knew things were going to be different for their sophomore album – not only had they managed to charm world-renowned producer and engineer Joe Chiccarelli (Morrissey, The Strokes, Elton John) and co-producer Carlos de la Garza (Paramore, YACHT) to join them and their bassist Micayla Grace in the studio, but Jen and Jessie had been crawling out of their own personal dramas. Jessie was evicted from her house and scrambling, while Jen ended a torrid, unhealthy romance. While emotionally spinning, she dove head first into music.

“I was a loose canon,” the commanding front woman says. “I was losing serious control of my personal and creative life. I was falling apart, trying to escape. I felt like Bleached was the only thing I actually cared about.”

Throughout the record, Bleached paints a frivolous picture of Los Angeles: the life of eye­-rolling caused by dating men in bands, dirty Sunset Boulevard and futile drunken nights in a starstruck hole that made everyone from Charles Manson to Darby Crash to Marilyn Monroe stare up at the Hollywood sign for direction. Although a typical theme of ruined romance floats through the album, the real power is in Jen figuring out herself through lyrics so straight, identifiable and honest, a first for the girl who safely hid behind a cheeky misdemeanor.

“We don’t want perfection because it’s boring,” Jen declares. “We want to make music that’s as real as life.”

Watch the Lana Kim-directed video for debut single, “Keep On Keepin’ On,” which presents the essence of Welcome The Worms and Bleached’s newfound pop refinement. As described by The FADER, it’s “a sneering soundtrack to a souring relationship and a gentle reminder to keep on keepin’ on regardless.”

Bleached’s Welcome The Worms is available for pre-order now through Dead Oceans. It includes limited edition black/cream split colored vinyl, an original Bleached coloring book and Bleached patch. Bleached will tour as a four-piece all over North America this spring.

 

Pre-Order Welcome The Worms now:
via Dead Oceans // iTunes // Amazon // Support Your Local Indie Record Store

Welcome The Worms Tracklisting:
01. Keep On Keepin’ On
02. Trying To Lose Myself Again
03. Sleepwalking
04. Wednesday Night Melody
05. Wasted On You
06. Chemical Air
07. Sour Candy
08. Desolate Town
09. I’m All Over The Place (Mystic Mama)
10. Hollywood, We Did It All Wrong

Bleached Tour Dates:
(more info and tix here)

Tue. Mar. 15 – Sat. March 19 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
Tue. Mar. 29 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones
Wed. Mar. 30 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
Sat. Apr. 2 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
Mon. Apr. 4 – Austin, TX @ Sidewinder
Tue. Apr. 5 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s
Wed. Apr. 6 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links
Fri. Apr. 8 – Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
Sat. Apr. 9 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
Mon. Apr. 11 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Wed. Apr. 13 – Washington, DC @ DC9
Fri. Apr. 15 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
Sat. Apr. 16 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz POB
Sun. Apr. 17 – Toronto, ON @ Garrison
Wed. Apr. 20 – Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness
Thu. Apr. 21 – Ferndale, MI @ Loving Touch
Fri. Apr. 22 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
Sat. Apr. 23 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Mon. Apr. 25 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
Tue. Apr. 26 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Thu. Apr. 28 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
Fri. Apr. 29 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
Sat. Apr. 30 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
Mon. May 2 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
Wed. May 4 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
Thu. May 5 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
Tue. May 17 – Manchester, UK @ Gulivers
Wed. May 18 – London, UK @ Moth Club
Thu. May 19 – Brighton, UK @ The Great Escape Festival @ Horatios
Fri. May 20 – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet
Sat. May 21 – Eindhoven, NL @ Stroomhuis

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