Bleach In Session – 1990 – Past Daily Soundbooth
Bleach, their debut session for John Peel – recorded on November 20, 1990 and broadcast on December 2.
Bleach were an indie rock band from Ipswich, England, usually considered part of the shoegazing genre. The band was formed in 1989 by brothers Neil and Nick Singleton (guitar and bass, respectively) together with drummer Steve Scott and vocalist Salli Carson. Their first release was the Eclipse EP in 1990, followed in 1991 by the Snag EP. The tracks from these two EPs were collected on an album in 1991. 1992 saw the release of the full-length album Killing Time, and the single “Shotgun”, a surprising mixture of shoegazing and rap. In 1993 the band released two separate mini-albums, Hard and Fast. The group disbanded shortly thereafter.
This comes from their Facebook page:
Bleach came together in August 1989. Legend has it that Neil approached Steve in a local supermarket. He had approached Nick some years before, as they are brothers. Steve knew Salli and asked her to sing. She said no.
We recorded a demo tape after two gigs, got a record deal after six, and toured with Ride after 12.
Early promise was not fully capitalized on as our gear was impounded on a return trip from the US by our then manager, who promptly went to prison for stabbing a bloke in the head with a potato peeler.
Most of our success was Stateside, where we toured a number of times. We released four albums (ish), had two John Peel sessions, played 180 gigs and were darlings of the British music press.
We unofficially split in 1993 having run out of steam and needing to earn a salary (having all given up decent jobs to play professionally for 3 years). The fact that the US label decided to drop us didn’t help either.
Now – crank it up and listen to what you might have missed the first time around.