In their former band – Mika Miko – the Bleached sisters were part of the arts community centred around feted downtown Los Angeles venue The Smell. For a few months at the end of the last decade, the club was the centre of the indie world’s attention.
All-girl act Mika Miko – alongside No Age, HEALTH, Abe Vigoda and the Mae Shi – quickly rose from the all-ages, vegan and alcohol-free DIY scene to across the global press. They were a freewheeling five-piece with straight-up 1977 tunes played in a “The Year Punk Broke” spirit and were pretty essential. After a string of scattered yet celebrated limited releases and a final hometown show – at, you guessed it, The Smell – on Jan 1st 2010 they broke up to focus on the honourable pursuits of work and college.
Frontwoman Jessica Clavin and bassist Jennifer gave this all a miss, however, and instead poured their achy-breaky hearts into a new bubblegum project more in line with the recent wave of Best Coast and Dum Dum Girls-style pop California is producing. Bleached finds the sisters harmonising on love and loss over a psychy golden summer soundtrack; as irrepressibly fun and ramshackle as their previous band yet tinged with high-school-vacation-falling-in-on-itself regret.