Bleach Lab tell us what encouraged them to get into music, their favourite love song and why they would love to support Wold Alice!
With their brand new track ‘Flood’ released today (March 9th), we were lucky enough to ask Bleach Lab our 10 questions to find out a bit more of them as a band!
Where did the band name come from?
It came from Frank but he can’t actually remember exactly where. He thinks it was partly from a dream, and partly a portmanteau of two bands he loves – Beach House and Stereolab.
We thought it was original until another artist released music in the same name only a week before our debut single came out. Couldn’t believe it!
Where is your hometown, and give us a reason/fact why we should visit it?
We mostly come from different places, so it’s a little bit of a mixed answer. Josh and Jenna are from Aylesbury (Buckinghamshire), there’s a musical statue of David Bowie in the town square near a couple of Wetherspoons, if that’s any interest to anyone. Frank is from south west London, down the road from where the iconic Olympic Studios used to be (it’s sadly now a cinema, albeit a swanky one).
Finally, Kieran (our new drummer) is from Boston, the UK version. Boston US was found by the pilgrims from his town and that’s about all that has or ever will happen in Boston.
What encouraged you to want to get into music?
Jenna – I used to be obsessed with SingStar on PS2. Not to brag but I was really good at it (especially my rendition of Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of the Heart) so my mum offered to send me to singing lessons when I was about 11. I never had much interest in any other subjects going through school so it’s always been my one thing.
Frank – I just really love playing guitar. I wanted to have a reason to justify to my friends why I spent so much time playing. Also, I think reverse psychology played a big part. Everyone I spoke to told me not to get into music and I think that just made me want to try it even more.
Josh – I got into playing an instrument later in my life and was playing around in the music rooms when I was in 6th form. I loved it so much I bunked all my classes with my friend to play guitar and bass for 6 hours a day. I got a C,D,E,U if you were wondering …… Mum was not impressed.
Kieran– My parents were always very musical. Both my dad and stepdad played in bands so going to gigs was a fairly regular thing for me. I got my first drum kit at around 7 and started picking up things from my incredibly talented stepdad, and my first gig quickly followed when I played a couple songs with his blondie tribute band. I wore an incredible flame shirt that night and absolutely smashed a rendition of teenage kicks (not a blondie song I know. Idk why that was in there), but it immediately made me want to do it more.
Best venue you’ve ever played and why?
Jenna- Bleach Lab’s gigging experience has been very limited thanks to covid, so I will go with blackbird leys shopping centre. I performed in a competition and lost- the crowd went wild! (not really).
Frank – Not in Bleach Lab but I played at the Kentish Town Forum once and it was wild and terrifying in equal measure. We had our own room backstage all to ourselves as well which was a delight.
Josh – Not in Bleach Lab but when I was about 10 I got to play the royal albert hall playing African drums with my class. Safe to say I stole the show. I am the mop head at the back in a yellow shirt.
Kieran- before Bleach Lab, I have previously played at the Camden Assembly. It was hands down one of the best gigs of my life, everyone loved us and then a couple of weeks later I went to see my favourite band at the time, the 1975, on the same stage. That experience was just insane and I’d love to be able to play there again, hopefully in the not too distant future.
One band/artist you’d love to support?
Probably Wolf Alice, we’ve all been long term fans, so when we found out new music is on the way we got very excited- Actually…. anyone got their agents mobile?
Josh– Oh also Grimes, as I want to become her best friend and get a free ticket to Mars.
What’s the greatest love song ever written?
Never Be? Kidding. Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of the Heart.
The best album that you’ve heard this year?
We’ve been loving Mogwai – As The Love Continues
Most underrated band/artist of all time?
Which three artists/bands should we be looking out for? (Musically, not for Criminal Offences)
Skullcrusher; Ethan Tasch; Hailaiker
What do you want to accomplish next as a band/artist?
We would love to be able to start planning shows all over the UK in the nearish future, covid permitting.
Bonus Question – Favourite vegetable and why!?
Jenna – The humble mushroom.
Frank – Courgette hands down
Josh – Potatoes because I love crisps far more than the average consumer.
Kieran– Tenderstem broccoli
– Thanks so much guys for taking on our 10 questions, we love the new track ‘Flood’ which you can listen to on all streaming platforms now! While you do that, be sure to check out the rest of their back catalog!