by Paul M. Carhart
Originally published in The Lighthouse Electronic
In case you've found yourself with nothing but filthy rags since
Bleach's first release, I've got news for you. Bleach's new album,
Static is in perfect time for you to do another load.
you liked Bleach's first album, you'll love their latest release,
Static. Gone are much of the fuzzy distorted guitars hiding
out in the background. Taking their place is a lot more crunch in
the foreground and an even brighter upbeat attitude.
music itself is much more dynamic with legitimate guitar solos standing
out over the driving sounds of the rhythm section, something that
was not prevalent on their previous release. Songs actually find
themselves coming to a complete stop and then driving forward again,
as if entering the spin cycle. Another innovation for Bleach is
the use of different guitar effects within the same song. The second
track, "Super Good Feeling" is a fine example of this, utilizing
a funky 50's reverb guitar in the verses and then kicking into the
high energy electric grunge that is a Bleach staple for the chorus.
Dave Baysinger, has matured as well. Falling somewhere between The
Beach Boys' Mike Love and REM's Michael Stipe, Baysinger's
humble voice manages to lurk somewhere between the layers of music
in most cases. However, Baysinger proves his mettle in such songs
as "Rundown Town," where he ably carries the entire song in front
of an uncharacteristically mellow Bleach. All the rules have been
thrown out with this latest release. "Warp Factor Five" sounds like
a strange hybrid between Audio Adrenaline and the Newsboys
. Probably the most underappreciated aspect of their previous
release, Space, the lyrics are much more prominent on Static,
thankfully allowing each and every turn of phrase to be heard and
pondered much more easily.
in all, the band's dynamics have improved tenfold, most noticeably
manifesting itself as a more pronounced presence of background vocals
as well as a more extensive exploration of their respective instruments.
This is possibly a result of the heavy touring that Bleach has endured
in the past year. Whatever the reason, the result is very impressive.
with their first album, Static was produced by Audio Adrenaline
alum, Barry Blair who obviously knows not only what the Bleach band
members want, but also what we want as well. What emerges is a brighter,
cleaner, more sparkling brand of Bleach that is guaranteed to give
you a very severe case of Static cling. Trust me...you won't
want to put it down.