Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough? is what Jennifer Clavin asked herself when she hit a turning point in her life. It’s also the title of new record from Bleached, Jessie and Jennifer Clavin’s first LP written from a place of sobriety. That newfound and clear-eyed perspective serves as the guiding force in every corner of its sound, yielding a courageous, honest, and sonically ambitious album. It’s a record about fighting both literally and figuratively for your life — and the clarity that’s born from that struggle.
The writing for Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough? began in early 2018, as both a daily process in a Los Angeles practice space, and with friends and co-writers in Nashville. Producer Shane Stoneback (Vampire Weekend, Sleigh Bells) helped open every door to experimentation while recording, wanting to be exploratory while keeping the sound singularly Bleached.
The resulting LP is explosive, grappling with the past; its twelve tracks mark some of the sisters’ most visceral, rawest songwriting to date — and some of their best. The work glimmers with inspiration found in touring with the likes of The Damned and Paramore; that arena-ready pop, incisively catchy, was a palpable influence, helping to push Bleached’s sound in a new direction.
“Writing these songs while sober became somewhat of a spiritual experience,” Jennifer says. “Like I was connecting with a power greater than myself. I had to let go, trust the process, and allow an energy beyond my control to be present.”