Photos and review of Bleached at the Hi-Dive in Denver, Colorado - Reverb

Live review: Bleached @ the Hi-Dive

L.A.’s Bleached is a band born of the Misfits, and that’s how it ended a too-short set last night at the Hi-Dive — with a cover of “Horror Business.” After a set that carried a strong feel of NYC Bowery punk, the Runaways, and just a little Vivian Girls, the cover was a nice fit and capped off the night well. Sisters Jennifer and Jessie Clavin both tore apart their guitars through 30 minutes of songs that Buddy Holly would be proud of — and might have written himself if he’d been around an early ‘80s contemporary of Darby Crash.

For that short 30 minutes, it was sort of refreshing to experience a breath of nostalgia from early NYC punk, and the Clavin sisters seemed to know it. They weren’t sloppy or purposely snarly like New York Dolls, but you could feel their influence in most songs. It was really in their spirit, more than the music, and it was kind of brilliant.

School Knights played an even shorter set before Bleached, but packed in more than enough beach-punk to make it worth the while of the 30-or-so that showed up early enough to catch them. This four-piece from Boulder is definitely on the right track, with a sound that recalls Surfer Blood or Wavves — only smarter. As often as the songs faded in and out of a signature over-over-reverbed and noisy mess, they’d fall easily back into a smooth, complex rhythm anchored by a few sweet riffs. They played garage like they were born to, or at least like they’ve been playing it since pre-school.

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Billy Thieme is a Denver-based writer, an old-school punk and a huge follower of Denver’s vibrant local music scene. Follow Billy’s explorations at DenverThread.com, and his giglist at Gigbot.

Tina Hagerling is a Denver photographer and regular contributor to Reverb. Check out more of her concert photography.

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  • guest

    What about Sauna?

  • Guest

    yeah….

    what about SAUNA?????

  • http://www.facebook.com/DenverThread1 Denver Thread

    Nice photos, Tina! How’d I miss seeing you? There were so few people there, sadly…. really great sound Bleached re-creates – while still making it their own…

    • Tina

      Thanks Billy!  I was hiding out in a corner….trying to avoid spreading my cold (ugh).  But I’m glad I bucked up and went.  That was a fun show, indeed!