East London three-piece Bleech may not be doing anything particularly new or unique – you only have to walk down Camden High Street of an evening to hear that the musical landscape is littered with indie-pop rock ensembles vying for some kind of notoriety. The secret weapon in their arsenal however, as anyone who has seen them play a live acoustic set will surely attest, is that behind the big rock sound there is a softer, more intimate side and ability.
Nude’s first four tracks perfectly showcase Bleech’s signature sound, Weirdo through to The Worthing Song harking back to a mid nineties Britpop sound the likes of Blur could be proud of. Catchy choruses, heavy riffs and melodic rock vocals abound. Next up, Flowerhands provides a complete break with tender lyrics and sympathetic folk finger-picking showing their diversity and an avenue for future experimentation (hopefully).
Unfortunately however it isn’t all stuff to write home about. Latest single Adrenalin Junkie is less a rush of hormones and more a warn out submission, with the lead vocals not strong enough to carry any weight, often leaving the guitar to drown everything else out. I Wanna Be Me is similarly weak, this time in the lyric department – all filler and no killer.
However When I Get Old sees a welcome return to a more acoustic arrangement, complemented by thoughtful song writing and a plain but honest vocal. It proves, as is my point, that Bleech have the potential to be more than just another unknown indie band. Their signature style is surely catchy and for the most part makes for some good summer tunes, with Mondays already raising their profile after being featured on BBC1′s Waterloo Road, but it’s when you strip back the heavy guitar that they really shine.