On the new Ride Your Heart
(Dead Oceans), Jennifer and Jessie Clavin play a brand of lo-fi garage pop that’s very easy to compare to Best Coast. The melodies have that sun-drenched, SoCal girl-group luster—occasionally reminiscent of the Go-Go’s cool—and certain swashes of reverb evoke a hazy Sunday afternoon picnicking on the beach. The problem with those comparisons is that the sisters Clavin, currently known as Bleached
, are longtime veterans of the SoCal scene—they played in jagged, quirky garage band Mika Miko, they’ve been regular faces at the Smell in LA, and Bethany Cosentino was but a wee pup when Jennifer and Jessie started getting their hands dirty as teenagers. Bleached’s debut full-length uses a good bit of the sound popularized by Best Coast, but it has a mature, soulful darkness too—the melodies are spooky, sometimes noisy, and the lyrics are often angry or heartbroken (maybe best heard on the back-to-back “Outta My Mind”
and “Dead in Your Head”
). Pretty garage pop with some guff and substance—more like this, please. —Kevin Warwick Ex Cops, Hunters, and Vamos open.