Formed while they were still at school, BLEECH has always been about honest-to-god rock excitement and great live performance.
Having already wowed Britain, Germany and New York with their energetic mix of spiky guitars and infectious, harmony heavy voacls, Bleech has built an impressive fan base that includes Steve Lamacq, John Kennedy, Mark Richardson (Skunk Anansie/Feeder)and Billy Lunn (The Subways).
New Yorks Nylon magazine said
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With new single Break My Nose (whose video starring Frank Bugliani was shot in the same gym used in "Lock,Stock and Two Smoking Barrels") flooring Rosey R*E*P*E*A*T, we decided it was time to get into the ring with Bleech
Bleech - who, what and why?
Matt: Well "who" would be Matt aka drummer sometimes singer, Katherine on bass guitar (also likes to harmonise) and Jen on vocals and guitar, general front woman.
Jen: We don't know why sometimes, we just get on with it. We're not
qualified to do anything else.
Katherine: How hard of hearing is this alien exactly? If he has alien
eardrums he might be hearing things different to what we are hearing,
In which case, I couldn't possibly answer such a question. You'd have
to ask the alien.
Matt: Maybe there's some sort of "retro" kind of British element to our music at points as we are all fans of The Who, The Beatles and Kinks, but to be honest, I don't know why! (laughs)
Mat: Lemmy is all of those words in one, except from sporting. I think he would fall apart if he played football or something.
Katherine: Same for John Lennon. He is under all those umbrellas apart
Matt: Well we will be loud and uncompromising, ask us to turn it down,
we will turn it up. Hopefully there will be sweat dripping from the
ceiling sometimes if the right vibe is achieved. Being close to the
audience is a must for us we like everything to be intimate. If everybody
isn't dancing like a baby giraffe on speed by the end of the gig we'll
give your punters their money back....we've never had to do that so
Jen: It was recorded in the coldest studio ever next to a cemetery.
Matt: It's got ten songs on it. Many that we played on the road before deciding on recording the album.
Katherine: There were quite a few new tracks written specifically for the album like "Break my nose", "When I get Old" and " I Wanna Be Me" that hopefully will lead us nicely on to album 2!
Katherine: To be honest we don't listen to the Manics much as we don't
possess any of their albums but definitely know all the singles like
"If you tolerate this then you children will be next" and
"Motorcycle emptiness", they have written a fair few tunes
over the years! Reissues are important I think because a lot of good
music gets forgotten over the years, the best way to mark a milestone
is to put out your music again, as long as they put bonus stuff in there
can't just be the album can it?
Jen: I learnt how to play guitar with a Beatles chord book that seemed to work for me when I was younger, because I am a massive fan.
Matt: I remember getting very excited when I picked up the "power
chord" from Green day's basket case hahahah!!
Matt: If you are referring to the opening track on the album, I have
been playing the song for 3 odd years now and still haven't a clue what
it's about! You'd have to ask Jen, she wrote it, but I don't think she
Jen: It's that word retro again!
Katherine: We didn't know of the other band to be honest and have never attempted to listen to them, wonder what they are like?
Matt: I remember once a guy at one of our gigs in London coming into
our dressing room and asking whether we were bleach from the 90's and
I said "no", I think he went off in a huff but still stuck
around as he paid to get it, seem to remember him getting an album at
the end though!
Jen: You can listen to us on Spotify over and over again for virtually nothing or you can help feed our starving souls and buy a copy off Amazon or Bandcamp here.
Katherine: They should bother because we have good songs and we have
good taste in jumpers!
Matt: We are currently demoing our next album due to be recorded next year. Then we have an Extensive U.K tour planned going into a 2 week tour of France which we are excited about as "Nude" will be getting re-released there.
Jen: Next year is going to be busy, busy, busy!
Jen: Chips! Because you can put Mayo and ketchup on them.....cream buns would not taste as nice with these condiments
Thanks to the band for their time and to Zac at Division for his help with this. Look out for a UK tour in the new year, taking in Cambridge if I have anything to do with it...
Stop Press - Bleech play The Portland Arms in Cambridge on Feb 26th 2012, more details to follow...