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Introducing: Bleached

By December 13, 2011

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Name: Bleached
From: Los Angeles, California
Story: Ex-Mika Miko sisters go fuzz-pop
Sound: Summer daze on the Best Coast

Jennifer and Jessica Clavin used to be in Mika Miko, a noisy, no-wavey band from Los Angeles who cut their teeth in the same scene that birthed No Age, Abe Vigoda, Lucky Dragons and the like. Following the dissolution of their past crew, the Clavin sisters have been reborn as Bleached, and the results are glorious.

Like Best Coast before them, these Los Angeles dames have gone from playing in a noisy, experimental outfit to delivering glorious California pop; just with a layer of fuzz obscuring the major chords, like the smog adding a weird layer of beauty to an LA sunset.

Back when CMJ was about to kick off, back in October, Bleached unveiled one of the year's best singles: "Searching Through the Past," all crunchy chords and singalong chorus. The Clavins have followed it up, now, with a joyous new jam called "Electric Chair," in which crunchier-sounding guitars soundtrack the sisters hollering "just got out of the electric chair/I don't see you anywhere" over and over.

The single —all irrepressible energy and band-on-fire form— suggests something that's starting to seem obvious: Bleached are going to be one of the big breakout bands of 2012.


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