Bleached – “Can You Deal?”

Los Angeles garage-punk trio Bleached are following up last year’s triumphant Welcome The Worms with a new EP called Can You Deal? The EP will be accompanied by a zine, also titled Can You Deal?, featuring essays, art, and poetry from people like Hayley Williams, Tegan Quin, Liz Phair, Alice Glass, and Julien Baker. All proceeds from the zine will go to Planned Parenthood. Listen to the EP’s muscular hook-fest of a lead single and title track and read Jennifer Clavin’s statement about the project below.

I create music and art because I need to. To express, to bond, to reconcile, and to connect. And to use my voice. To have it received with such a generic labeling as “girl band” and consistently referenced as “female fronted” is insulting and reductive.  The title track to this EP, “Can You Deal?” is about this experience. Last year we released a deeply personal full length album titled Welcome The Worms. It was a record about being in an emotionally abusive relationship. It was a record about getting spun out on drugs and alcohol. It was a record about totally losing myself in order to find myself.  It was also our most ambitious body of work yet, with guitar work and guitar sounds and production we had only dreamed of until then.  And yet to this day I am still fielding interview questions that have more to do with my gender than with the art I am creating. Somehow the conversation usually derails into some variation of the following question: “What is it like to be a girl in a rock band?” And the ensuing story will define us based on our sex. Why is gender pointed out in nearly all coverage of our band? Labeling me as a woman in a band just puts me in a box, and doesn’t allow everything else I am to be seen and heard. It’s 2017, Can You Deal with women playing rock and roll yet?

Tracklist:
01 “Can You Deal?”
02 “Flipside”
03 “Turn to Rage”
04 “Dear Trouble”

Contributors to the zine listed in alphabetical order:
Mecca Vazie Andrews (Sex Stains)
Julien Baker
Alicia Bognanno (Bully)
Jennifer Clavin (Bleached)
Jessica Clavin (Bleached)
Sadie Dupuis (Speedy Ortiz)
EMA
Alice Glass
Micayla Grace (Bleached)
Allie Hanlon (Peach Kelli Pop)
Hinds
Maryn Jones (All Dogs)
Ali Koehler (Upset, Vivian Girls)
Sara Landeau (the Julie Ruin)
Lizzo
Dani Miller (Surfbort)
Kate Nash
Liz Phair
Jane Weidlin (The Go Go’s)
Allison Wolfe (Sex Stains, Bratmobile)
Tegan Quin (Tegan and Sara)
Patty Schemel (Upset, Hole)
Kim Schifino (Matt and Kim)
Mish Way (White Lung)
Hayley Williams (Paramore)
And more TBA!

Tour Dates:
02/14 Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom^
04/06 Los Angeles, CA @ Belasco*
04/07 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues*
04/08 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues*
04/09 Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues*
04/11 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore*
04/12 Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades*
04/14 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom*
04/15 Vancouver, BC @ The Commodore*
04/16 Seattle, WA @ The Showbox*
04/18 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot*
04/19 Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall*
04/21 St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall*
04/22 Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line*
04/23 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues*
04/24 Louisville, KY @ Mercury Lounge*
04/26 Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe (Old National Center)*
04/27 Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s*
04/28 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues*
04/29 New York, NY @ Panorama Music Festival

^Jennifer & Jessie duo w/ Ty Segall, King Tuff, Kevin Morby, Mikal Cronin
*w/ The Damned

Can You Deal? is out 3/3 on Dead Oceans, and you can pre-order it here. The Can You Deal? zine is also out 3/3, and you can pre-order that here.

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