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Sisters Jennifer and Jessica Clavin aren’t strangers to punk- listen to their older work with the now-defunct riot grrl outfit Mika Miko and you’ll see what I mean. Their debut album as Bleached, ‘Ride Your Heart,’ may have leaned to the softer and glossier, but don’t be fooled; on their new EP, ‘For the Feel,’ the sisters Clavin prove that they can bite.

The title track is a nod back to the duo’s first few singles: sunny, light and simply constructed. What keeps it from blending in with the rest of Bleached’s discography is the tantalizing supporting bass and, of course, the deliciously noisy guitar solo. It’s one of their better tracks, in my opinion.

“Poison Ivy” is the second track, as well as the best. It’s a cover of doo-wop group The Coasters, but it fits Bleached perfectly. The riff is even more addictive on Jessica’s classically tinny beach-rock guitar, and Jennifer’s sweetly snarky vocals punctuate the song perfectly.

And last but not least is “Born to Kill;” as to be expected from the title, this song has the most kick out of the bunch. It’s another cover, this time of The Damned; a good, old-fashioned punk song with loud guitar, catchy hooks, sharp drums.  Jennifer sings with a casual swagger over Bleached’s signature steady, fuzzed-out guitar. Where the original recording is almost ironic in its lightheartedness, Bleached make one thing  clear: this is a battle cry.

In an interview with Stereogum, Jennifer said that “For the Feel” was a track originally intended to be on ‘Ride Your Heart’ but set aside for later. I personally feel it was a regrettable decision to leave it off, but seeing as its release as an EP brought us two more fantastic tracks….well, I guess I can’t complain TOO much.

Julia’s rating: 8/10

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