Originally from Buckinghamshire, and now based out of South London, Bleach Lab have been sharing their music with the world through a series of stand-alone singles since 2019. Having caught the ears of a number of high-profile websites and making the 6Music playlist with previous single Old Ways, the quartet are set to make their biggest statement to date this week with the release of their much anticipated debut EP, A Calm Sense of Surrounding.
There’s a conceptual approach to the EP, with each of the five tracks exploring a different aspect of grief, with lyric writing shared between vocalist Jenna Kyle and bassist Josh Longman, who each suffered differing life events that they seek to contrast and compare across the record. Recent single Flood is a fine scene-setter for the record, exploring ideas of depression; the track has been described by Jenna as, “one long metaphor for being completely overwhelmed and overcome by someone”. Musically, it is a brooding piece of grunge-tinged dream-pop, a slow-building number reminiscent of The Joy Formidable or Slowdive. Elsewhere on the EP, Old Ways is a dramatic affair with crashing drums and cascading guitar lines, while Lighthouse is a darker number, built around a particularly wonderful atmospheric bass-line. The record closes with the song representing acceptance, Scars, it’s the brightest track on the record, with the guitar-line taking on an almost country-edge as it seems to revel in the joys of starting again, it’s fitting send off to a record that feels like the start of a journey, Bleach Lab may have their scars, yet their future is looking very bright indeed.
FTR: For those who don’t know who are Bleach Lab?
We are a sad-core 4 piece band, born in Aylesbury and now based in London/Brighton. Broadly speaking it could be considered Indie/Dream-Pop, strongly influenced by a lot of 80’s and 90’s music like Mazzy Star, Slowdive, The Cure along with contemporary artists like Julia Jacklin and Lana Del Rey.
FTR: What can you remember about your first show?
Our first show was back In December 2019 at the Notting Hill Arts Club before Covid spread its joy. We were all super nervous as we hadn’t played in bands live for so long! But safe to say it was a successful show and our bassist Josh ended up working there afterwards, so couldn’t have been a bad first gig at all.
FTR: Why do you make music? Not another art form?
I think individually we are all quite creative people in various different ways and forms, however creative expression through music does flow very naturally for us all. Music is a universal language; it can also be highly therapeutic. Music connects people in ways that some other art forms may not. That feeling you get in a gig crowd when you are all there to watch the same artist is such an intense feeling of connectedness even amongst total strangers (we miss gigs so much!). That’s the power of music!
FTR: What can people expect from the Bleach Lab live show?
We have spent a lot of time ruminating and getting ready to approach playing live when gigs start back up again (hopefully soon!). You can expect ethereal sounds, a pedal board which could easily be mistaken for Gatwick runway and some high/low moments (which may or may not prompt you to message your ex- consider yourself warned!).
FTR: What’s next for Bleach Lab?
We’ve been so overwhelmed by the response to our music we don’t want to it to stop. We have our debut EP coming out on 19th March, which we can’t wait to finally share with the world and then it will be back into the studio for us to work on our new lockdown material. We also hope to see ourselves back on stage as soon a possible!
They Listen To…
The Durutti Column – Sketch For Summer
Daughter – Youth
Interpol – Rest My Chemistry
Mazzy Star- Halah
Cocteau Twins- Iceblink Luck
A Calm Sense Of Surroundings is out March 19th. Click HERE for more information on Bleach Lab.