Ride Your Heart
If there's fun in dysfunctional relationships, Bleached have found it. On their first album , "Ride Your Heart", Jessica and Jennifer Clavin and company ride the highs and lows of a love life through music. The songs extend the addicting 3 chord LA punk of their previous band Mika Miko with added texture and instrumentation. That being said, if girl-group garage rock is your thing, you won't be disappointed.
The first song, "Looking for a Fight", comes out swinging with a psychobilly stomp that will get you moving. The lyrics, "You better stay clear / 'cause I'm looking for a fight" foreshadow the rest of the album's therapeutic venting. The feeling is evoked again by the excellent second track. However, the real magic happens during the third song, "Outta My Mind". During that track, the punk energy of the first two tracks appears to slow for a blissful moment of self reflection during a beautiful vibraphone solo midway through the song. While the solid garage rock runs rampant through out the album, these moments of quiet balance them well.
The album continues to delight with the reggae intro of "Dead in Your Head" and the power pop of "Waiting By the Telephone" and "Love Spells". The title track comes in almost secretly, mimicking the intro to a previous song. However, its lyrics, like "Hotels and endless nights / don't know what's going on inside", capture a certain confusion and drunken ambience in a way rarely heard. The song must be heard. Another highlight is "Guy Like You", a quieter, nicely-textured shuffle with slide guitar.
As a whole, the band shows a lot of strengths with this album. They know how to write a punk love song and have an excellent production taste informed by 60s and 70s pop. This album is a great listen and I hope to catch them live soon.
Written by Luke Taylor, Radio K volunteer.