- Aaron Ehinger
- Bleach Party have been a band for six years without releasing anything longer than an EP—but that changes this week.
Gossip Wolf has been raving about Bleach Party since their live debut in 2013, and they've put out a constant stream of EPs, singles, and split releases over the years. Somewhat surprisingly, the new NOLA is the first full-length album from this local garage four-piece—and not surprisingly at all, it's chockablock with ragers. Blowouts such as "Entertain Yourself" and "Lunar Moods" expand on the surf-rock tinge of the band's signature sound with strutting rhythms and tough-as-Leather Tuscadero vocals from guitarist Meg MacDuff. Bleach Party drop the album digitally via Bandcamp on Friday, November 9, and celebrate at the Empty Bottle on Thursday, November 8, with openers Peach Fuzz and Chicken Happen.
Pretty much everything about Sonic Youth's 1988 double album Daydream Nation—the iconic Gerhard Richter cover art, the delicious punk grind of the ZZ Top-inspired "Eliminator Jr."—combined to make it one of the crowning statements of American indie rock. It seems unlikely the band will ever play these songs again—their 2011 split was spectacularly acrimonious—but fans can get the next best thing at the Music Box on Sunday, November 11, as former members Thurston Moore and Steve Shelley screen a 2007 performance of Daydream Nation filmed by director Lance Bangs, bits of a rarely seen 1989 documentary on the downtown NYC scene, and material from the band's own archives. After the screenings, they'll hold a Q&A with band archivist Aaron Mullan.
Jessee Rose Crane and Philip Jerome Lesicko, who cofounded bubblegum-grunge outfit the Funs (and trade off as front person), haven't lived in Chicago for six years, but Gossip Wolf still thinks of them as locals. It helps that the Funs routinely play here—on Wednesday, November 14, they headline the Empty Bottle to celebrate their new album, Alienated, which Sister Polygon (the label run by the band Priests) releases on Friday, November 9. v
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