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Bleach03: Bleach03

On Bleach03's eponymous CD—their fifth, following an EP and three full albums—Kanna, Miya and Sayuri waste no time raising Canaan once again, conjuring their barrage of marginally refined garage rock that has earned the girls from Okinawa a small cult following. Like other Asian girl noise-rock outfits before them—most prominently Hang On The Box, Mummy The Peepshow, and Kokeshi Doll—Bleach03 (or just Bleach) shocks with unprecendented aggression: relentless snare drum barrages, banshee wails, cacophonic guitar chordings and mammoth bass distortion. On the drop of a dime, a tastefully melodic guitar solo can appear like a genie ("My Sweet Angel–"), and the vocals aren't always shrieks ("Sun-Dance–Moon-Dance"). Bassist Miya is the primary vocalist, but her gorgeous guitar-playing cohort Kanna seems to be the one handling the softer sung verses. And yes, that's what "Challenge" entails, sultry downtempo rock nearly as tasteful as anything by that awesome foursome, Noodles. Chaos is again deferred to via "Lightning~Flowers Don't Bloom From A Dead Tree"; did anyone imagine three petite girls could make noise so palpably masculine? Miya's bass tone on "Nils" is so roguishly stout and loud—and she probably doesn't play with a plectrum, either. "He (Hips)" is another more melodic number; a new voice, that probably belongs to Sayuri. These thirty-four minutes are rushin' ones…


1. Kuropen Bigaku O Tenshi-Chan To Kangaemashita (My Sweet Angel And I Considered The Aesthetics Of The Black Pen)
2. Sun-Dance–Moon-Dance
3. Canary Teikoku No Gyakushuu (Canary Empire Strikes Back)
4. Chousen (Challenge)
5. Raiko~Kareki Ni Hana Wa Sakanai (Lightning~Flowers Don't Bloom From A Dead Tree)
6. Nils
7. He (Hips)
8. Howling
9. Arigato Gozaimasu (Thank You Very Much)
10. Taiyou (Sun)
11. [Hidden Bonus Track]

Total time – 34:33

Added: May 10th 2005
Reviewer: Elias Granillo
Related Link: Official Bleach03 Site
Hits: 3580
Language: english

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