Bleach Lab have just announced their forthcoming EP Nothing Feels Real which will be released on 15 October this year. The Stephen Street produced ‘Talk It Out’ is the first taste of what will be on the EP and it’s a song that promotes the “virtues of vulnerability and sharing one’s most personal struggles” as a way of exorcising “the repetitive routines of a toxic relationship” and how you can be altered by the situation, sacrificing your own happiness for the other person’s benefit.
Despite the starting point for the song, there is optimism shining through the latent sadness “but I’m different today, I need to talk it out, talk it out“, and the band say that good mental health is a theme that runs through the new songs. The band cite The Sundays, The Cranberries and The Smiths as influences and in the pliant lilt of Jenna Kyle’s voice, the solid core of Josh Longman on bass and Kieran Weston on drums plus the ice twinkle of shimmer and reverb from Frank Wates on guitar you can hear this. But the band easily exceeded their influences, and the confidence that radiates from ‘Talk It Out’ easily matches the fact that Stephen Street has balanced their sound to perfection and allowed Bleach Lab to achieve a shining new level in their musical development.
You can also order the coloured vinyl release (signed) of Nothing Feels Real from recordstore.co.uk (the vinyl release date is 10 December 2021)
If you need help with any mental health issues then you can visit the charity Mind
You can catch Bleach Lab on tour in early 2022
23rd Feb 2022 – Yes (Basement), Manchester
24th Feb 2022 – Head of Steam, Newcastle
25th Feb 2022 – Hug & Pint, Glasgow
26th Feb 2022 – Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds
2nd March 2022 – Omeara, London
3rd March 2022 – Clwb lfor Bach, Cardiff
4th March 2022 – The Louisiana, Bristol
5th March 2022 – Dead Wax, Birmingham
Review by Paul F Cook