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Los Angeles-based Bleached keeps on keeping on

The songs come across as both cathartic and reflective

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Growing up in the San Fernando Valley, sisters Jennifer and Jessie Clavin spent a lot of time driving into Hollywood, soaking up all the music and people they discovered on the way. Mulholland Drive still holds a particular allure for Jennifer. “You can drive through it and on the left will be these insane L.A. views, on the right will be these insane Valley views,” says the lead vocalist/guitarist of Bleached. “And it’s kind of cool: looking down at the city and realizing everybody has their own story. There’s just, like, so many people out there. And it’s cool that there are so many famous people with different stories, from Marilyn Monroe to Charles Manson, and it happened all in L.A.” 

Welcome the Worms, the most recent release from Bleached, finds Clavin tapping her own stories, occasionally pining for the simplicity of those youthful days. The band, which includes Jessie on lead guitar, bassist Micayla Grace and new drummer Nick Pillot, churns out heavy power chords, while Jennifer sings in a voice that combines grit and upbeat pop, accentuated by her bandmates’ harmonies. She wrote the album following the end of an abusive relationship, and the songs come across as both cathartic and reflective. It begins with the self-explanatory “Keep On Keepin’ On” and ends with the thoughtful “Hollywood, We Did It All Wrong.”

The latter song “brings it back to Hollywood, where I first got into music. Now I’m still here playing music and I guess I was also thinking, after the innocence of just listening to music and [the fun of] staying out too late went away, it started becoming more about partying,” she says. “Maybe we should’ve just stuck with the music. But that’s life — life is about a lot of challenges and what happens and the lessons we learn.” 


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