The Kaje Sessions: Bleech

Sister fronted London trio Bleech have just released their stonking debut album “Nude”. Full of a punk/new wave attitude and nineties indie kid demeanour, Bleech mean business. With their single “Mondays” having already found its way onto the “Waterloo Road” soundtrack, it is clear that Bleech have mainstream appeal to bolster their driven sound. The Kaje Sessions feel privileged to have hooked up with Bleech for this sensational session.

Where did you record The Kaje Session?

The song was recorded live at Koko in Camden

What made you choose to use this location?

We chose this location as its an amazing venue to play. Its a club NME night so it is always rammed. We had a lot of friends and fans who came down and knew all the words and sang along which made it even more fun!

What is the most unusual live date you have ever played?

We played a tatoo convention in the south of France recently which was a bit mad as there was just rooms full of people getting tatooed, then a room for

bands, so you could go get a tattoo then watch a gig!

What made you choose “Break My Nose” for the session?

The song is off our debut album “Nude”. Its a pretty short to the point song and we think it rocks!

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ALBUM REVIEW: Bleech “Nude”

In 1999 Newport indie rockers unleashed their second studio album, “Yesterday Went Too Soon”. While it may not have garnered the commercial success of 2001’s “Echo Park”, it more than left its mark on this music lovers ears. A less poppy sound filled the record and recalled Nirvana’s more tender moments. All of a year later, Australian sibling rock act Killing Heidi unleashed the pop-rock wonder that was “Reflector”. Brimming with singalong choruses and head-moshing moments, “Reflector” made little impact in the UK but remains at the top of my CD stack today.

But this isn’t a review of either “Yesterday Went Too Soon” or “Reflector”, so I should quickly correlate the two with the stunning debut from London based trio Bleech. “Nude” is instant. Boasting the tender touch of Feeder and the pop rock sensibility of Killing Heidi, it could be said that Bleech have crafted the perfect mutation of two of this reviewer’s favourite records.

Bleech manage the almost impossible on their debut, each track switches pace and attitude yet the record as a whole is extremely cohesive. From the shrug along guitar led pop of opener “Weirdo” to the lush balladry of “Flowerhands” and Green Day riot of “Holiday”, Bleech approach each dynamic change with passion and commitment.

Though “Nude” is not without its stand-out tracks (the simple structured of “Flowerhands”, the vitriol of “I Wanna Be Me” and the stomp of “Dancing Without You”), the ten track collection by-passes the use of fillers and happily delivers ten tracks all worthy of your attention.

Bleech may have a sound that easily compared to others, yet their impassioned delivery sets them apart from the bulk of upcoming acts. While “Nude” may not be the record to break them into the big league, it will certainly garner a lot of praise and attention.

Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Jeremy Williams

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