This month’s featured band is South London-based indie/dream pop four-piece Bleach Lab.
The band’s highly-anticipated debut LP ‘Lost In A Rush of Emptiness‘, came out last month, September 22nd via Nettwerk. Grab it here.
Bleach Lab proudly call themselves perfectionists. In the four years between forming and emerging with their debut EP, the quartet slowly accrued members hand-picked to contribute to their ever-changing, experimental vision. Forming in 2017 as a duo of bassist Josh Longman and guitarist Frank Wates, they then recruited vocalist Jenna Kyle before reaching their final form at the start of 2021 with the recruitment of drummer Kieran Weston.
Taking inspiration from the likes of Mazzy Star and The Smiths, the band have fused their own introspective yet emotionally frenetic soundscape.
Debut Album ‘Lost In A Rush of Emptiness’
For Bleach Lab, Lost In A Rush of Emptiness – a line borrowed from Leonard Cohen’s posthumous collection The Flame – has come to represent the all-consuming pit of dread that accompanies a piece of devastating news. Between them, the band have experienced their fair share of these moments.
Produced by Catherine Marks (Boygenius, PJ Harvey) this was the first record the band were able to record live in a room together; a transformative move after forging their trio of explorative EPs when they were splintered apart by the isolation of lockdown. Longman comments “We could feed off each other, and push at the same time. It has all these subtle imperfections, and I think it makes the record feel more human, and real.”
The record scrambles to try and surface back into existing alone again but rather than moving towards explosive catharsis or a moment of revelation, Bleach Lab wanted to burrow deep into the disorientation of a life-altering moment, dissecting the void atop glimmering indie-rock.
BLEACH LAB is:
- Jenna Kyle – Vocals
- Josh Longman – Bass
- Frank Wates – Guitar
Bleach Lab 2023 Tour Dates
20th/21st Oct – Rotterdam, NL | Left of the Dial festival
28th Oct – Paris, FR | Supersonic
Fri, 3rd – Belfast | Ulster Sports Club
Sat, 4th – Dublin | The Grand Social
Mon 6th – Birmingham | Hare And Hounds
Tue 7th – Nottingham | Bodega Social Club
Weds, 8th – Manchester | Canvas
Fri, 10th – Glasgow | Stereo
Sat, 11th – Liverpool | District
Sun, 12th – Leeds | Brudenell Social Club
Tues, 14th – Bristol | Thekla
Weds, 15th – Brighton | Patterns
Thurs, 16th – London | Scala