BLEACHED - DON’T YOU THINK YOU’VE HAD ENOUGH?
“Don’t you think you’ve had enough?” is a sharp reprimand, a gentle chiding; it trails from a parental rebuke during childhood sweetness to coming from concerned friends during adolescent recklessness. Or, in Bleached’s case, it’s what Jennifer Clavin asked herself when she hit a turning point in her life.
Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough?, the new record from Bleached, is Jessie and Jennifer Clavin’s first LP written from a place of sobriety. That newfound and clear-eyed perspective serves as the guiding force in every corner of its sound, yieldinga courageous, honest, and sonically ambitious album. Here, the Clavins radiate the power and bravery of facing addiction, of letting go of the past and becoming open to a radically different future of self-love, acceptance, and newfound honesty. It’s a record about fighting both literally and figuratively for your life -- and the clarity that’s born from that struggle.
“Drinking was really the only way I knew how to get through fear in those moments before sobriety,” Jessie explains. “As I was writing, and learning these new tools, I realized sobriety is so much more than not having a drink. It really hit me during the creation of this record.”
“Writing these songs while sober became somewhat of a spiritual experience,” Jennifer says. “Like I was connecting with a power greater than myself. I had to let go, trust the process, and allow an energy beyond my control to be present.”
The writing for Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough?began in early 2018, as both a daily process in a Los Angeles practice space, and with friends and co-writers in Nashville. It marks the first time the Clavin sisters approached writing a record with a set, regimented schedule. It also marks the first record the Clavins wrote while fully harnessing the power of creating art from a place of authentic happiness.
“Looking at it as more of a piece of art rather than a chunk of my diary made it a different experience,” Jennifer says. “I felt free to experiment, let go, and have less control over what was happening with the demos, which ended up being a blessing because I got to go places with the melodies I wouldn’t have normally gone.”
Producer Shane Stoneback (Vampire Weekend, Sleigh Bells) also helped to open every door to experimentation while recording the record, wanting to be exploratory while keeping the sound singularly Bleached. The resulting LP is an explosive record grappling with the past; its twelve tracks mark some of the sisters’ most visceral, rawest songwriting to date -- and some of their best. Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough?revisits the same lives led on 2016’s Welcome the Worms and debut Ride Your Heart, but with maturity.Bleached’s melodies have always been center-stage, but Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough?glimmers with inspiration found in touring with the likes of The Damned and Paramore....
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