Bleached At The Troubadour
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By Crystal Larsen
West Hollywood, Calif.
Rounding the corner of Doheny Drive and Santa Monica Boulevard on May 8, I was faced with a long line of eager fans waiting to get into the Troubadour for the highly anticipated return of San Fernando Valley natives and sisters Jessica and Jennifer Clavin of Bleached (formerly of Mika Miko).
As I surveyed the line and made my long walk to the very end of it, I was instantly transported back to 1994 as I passed kids, many of whom couldn't have been older than 16, clad in flannel, midriff-baring tees and Dr. Martens. One trio of tweens was accompanied by their mother, who admitted the last time she was at the famed Troubador was in 1976 … for Elton John.
We were finally let into the venue that over the next three hours would carry too many people for its size. Rather than plot myself right in the middle of the floor, which I normally do, I made my home at the left of the stage. It turned out this was a great idea as it gave me an excellent view of the mass chaos that ensued when Bleached took the stage.
Watching the fiery duo excellently plow through a relatively short amount of material (their full-length debut album, Ride Your Heart, was released in April) gave me the promising notion that something really exciting is brewing. The crowd was clearly experiencing the same feeling as nearly every kid took their turn at crowd surfing, stage diving or storming the stage to plant a PG-13-rated kiss on Jennifer Clavin. This would happen repeatedly throughout the night, until a security guard took control of the situation and plotted himself at the lip of the stage with his arms outstretched, ready to push back any surfing legs that floated his way.
The duo's retro cool sound served as the perfect intro to the upcoming start of summer. Standout performances included the melodic "Outta My Mind," which took the crowd from surfing to swaying, the punk-perfect "Love Spells" and the beachy rocker "Searching Through The Past." The self-described "L.A. Punkers" took the night out appropriately with a cover of the Ramones' "Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World" that had Jennifer owning the stage in the way only a veteran rocker could.
From my position at the Troubadour on Wednesday night, I watched Bleached completely win over a crowd that didn't seem to need much convincing, evidenced by the nonstop bounce house of activity that kept the Troubadour pounding. And that doesn't happen very often.
"Waiting By The Telephone"
"Searching Through The Past"
"Think Of You"
"Dead In Your Head"
"Hybrid Moments" (Misfits cover)
"No Friend Of Mine"
"When I Was Yours"
"Outta My Mind"
"Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World" (Ramones cover)
To catch Bleached in a city near you, click here for tour dates.