Field Recordings

Bleached: Picnic Table Punk

The blues may come in myriad shapes and sizes, but on the eve of 2012's South By Southwest music festival, it took the form of two sisters from Los Angeles: Jennifer and Jessica Clavin, who make up the core of Bleached. A rough-and-tumble garage-rock band, Bleached is one of many young punk-infused acts playing three-minute, three-chord bashers with sneering, unraveled immediacy. When played on stage, the band's music takes on a messy-but-fun live-wire buoyancy.

Bleached's "Searching Through the Past" is one of 2011's catchiest songs, but that single's B-side, "Electric Chair," is a distortion-fueled strumfest built around two lines: "Just got out the electric chair / and I don't see you anywhere."

Just as we hit that glorious "magic hour" where the sun began to glow off the Clavins' long golden hair, Bleached played a stripped-down version of "Electric Chair" at a food-truck parking lot off the highway — about a mile northeast of Austin's swarming 6th Street.

Assisted by Sara Jean Stevens on bass and drummer Jonathan Safley — here playing a light-up tambourine bought at the last second from a tchotchke shop — Bleached showcases its fun, off-the-cuff spirit. It may lack meticulous precision, but the band's infectious energy and simple, winning hooks more than compensate.

Credits:

Producer: Mito Habe-Evans; Additional Videography: Katie Hayes Luke; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Special Thanks To: 12th Street Soular Food Garden; Executive Producers: Anya Grundmann, Keith Jenkins

[+] read more[-] less

More From Rock

Craig Finn Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage hide caption

toggle caption Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage

Craig Finn On Mountain Stage

The frontman of The Hold Steady makes his first solo appearance in front of a Mountain Stage crowd.

Listen Loading… 26:25
  • Playlist
  • Embed
    <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/466145919/466147747" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Tift Merritt Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage hide caption

toggle caption Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage

Tift Merritt On Mountain Stage

The alt-country singer-songwriter plays old and new material, both solo and with the house band.

Listen Loading… 25:52
  • Playlist
  • Embed
    <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/465460741/465461098" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Rodrigo Amarante performs live at Pickathon for OPB. Kristina Moravec/OPB hide caption

toggle caption Kristina Moravec/OPB

Favorite Sessions

Rodrigo Amarante, 'Maná' (Live)

opbmusic.org

The Brazilian singer performs an upbeat song on a stage made of branches at Pickathon in Oregon.

Palehound performs at NPR's 2015 CMJ Showcase, which took place at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City on Oct 14, 2015. Loren Wohl for NPR hide caption

toggle caption Loren Wohl for NPR

Front Row

Palehound, Live In Concert

Ellen Kempner's band marries rock muscle to bedroom folk's wiry vulnerability. Watch a full set.

DIIV performs live at the Pickathon Woods Stage for opbmusic. Christopher Sohler/Pickathon hide caption

toggle caption Christopher Sohler/Pickathon

Favorite Sessions

DIIV, 'Yr Not Far/Dopamine' (Live)

opbmusic.org

The Brooklyn guitar band segues from "Yr Not Far" into "Dopamine," a frank song about addiction.

Back To Top

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor