New Years Eve 2017, Bleach It Clean earn their spot on the stage amidst a plethora of selected talent to rock the New Years Eve party at the Basement in Canberra.
I grabbed the band to get the background on how they’ve got to where they are as a couple of 18 year old’s and where they want to be.
Keijo Interview with Bleach it Clean
Keijo: bleach it Clean, where did that name come from? is that something to do with wiping blood off a crime scene
Gabby: I don’t know, Blake came up with it and its a little bit of a Nirvana reference, soaked in Bleach. And we all were obsessed with Nirvana back then so that’s kinda where that came from.
Keijo: ahh, so Teen Spirit at the end of that gig that I happily enjoyed, so that’s one of the influences and I can see there is like a Ramones tshirt as well is that another influence
Blake: definitely for me, definitely into that hard core 60s punk, all that Bikini Kill sort of stuff.
Keijo: it’s great to see the next generation carrying that punk theme forward, in a town like Canberra, is that hard to do? such a conservative town?
Blake: it’s not as hard as you think, I think it would be harder in Newcastle or Woolongong where it’s a smaller population of people, I mean it is a lot of Government, public service sort of people but you know, they kinda stay up north side and away from the gig scene,
Gabby: the gig scene is quite popular, there’s a lot of bands doing punk.
Keijo: so do you get many Gigs speaking of? like is it 3 times a week, 3 times a month, where are we?
Gabby: it varies really, we used to do between one or two a week for a few months straight but we tried to cut back recently for the Christmas period and try and pick it up again so
Blake: Write some new songs
Keijo: You cut back at Christmas, everyone else I talk to ramps up at Christmas, wot’s doing there?
Gabby: the Christmas period was so busy last year.
Blake: So tiring.
Keijo: was that with some of the Triple J stuff you had success with or
Blake: oh yeah, we did a lot of stuff, it was really fun, we got up in the punk charts and got played on short fast and loud, it was awesome, I don’t really know how that happened. One night we were just in a status on Facebook. It worked out well.
Keijo: Something I always strive for as a musician is tempo change during a song and I notice that on things like breath in hell especially the tempo change you executed quite well, is that something you guys strive for as well?
Liam: change it up, it’s good
Keijo: so you don’t sort of consciously sit down and go, we need a tempo change
Liam: I think it kinda bores us if we play the same thing over again, I mean we kinda can a lot of songs, it doesn’t go anywhere, it stays on this one riff so I think for us to be entertained with the stuff that we are writing, it needs to be a little different.
Keijo: so you are starting to become technically proficient you’re quite tight as a 3 piece so I can tell that you’ve been playing together for a while, your drums are probably the most technically proficient I’ve seen for a dude of your age, so how old are you?
Liam: I’m 15, turning 16 in March
Keijo: and you play like that, well done. are you Jazz trained by any chance?
Liam: F..k no, I want to be.
Keijo: you strive to be that classic drummer
Liam: yeah, whatever works
Keijo: and are you all the same sort of age?
Blake: um, yeah me and Gabby are, we are really close in age like about a week off each other. We’ve both just turned 18
Keijo: so I could actually buy you a beer. You do put me to shame, I mean I have been playing for 20 something years and you are better than me already so it’s all good.
Liam: could be because we were playing the same set for like 4 years.
Keijo: so that’s what you mean about playing different music or writing new songs, you want new material
Liam: yeah we definitely want to change the set up
Keijo: and what’s holding you back then?
Blake: yeah, we just got a manager which is good, she’s been really good with managing us, we need just a bit more practice, we could write all the songs we want but if we are not in the same room we can’t really. There’s a difference you know it stays solo stuff instead of bleach it clean stuff.
Keijo: there was a couple of interesting references during that particular set, one was about safe sex and don’t be silly and wrap your willy. There was another one about Donald Trump, I mean you are singing about politics, is there an underlying theme you are trying to drive. A lot of bands say, we are a politically angst sort of band.
Gabby: that’s the joke of it though, cause everyone is so political and we decided, hey let’s just join the band wagon and be political for no apparent reason.
Blake: Dead Baby’s was just a very big piss up, we really didn’t mean anything serious to do with it. Like the Trump song and singing about drugs and everything that’s just what I like writing about.
Keijo: and speaking of writing who does the majority of writing, is it a collaborative effort?
Blake: if it’s songs that I sing usually I will write them and these guys will write the back ups and we’ll kinda work on it as a band, if it’s something that Gabby sings like there’s a good chance that she probably wrote it.
Keijo: that’s our time, thank you very much, it was really a cool set and it was fun, you guys are fun and I hope you carry that through for many years to come. Anything you want to say to the Canberra crowd as a closing statement?
Gabby: we love the Canberra scene
Blake: we want to enlighten the youths, the hopeless meth addicts and the pregnant teenagers
Keijo: cheers of goodwill by the sounds of it
Blake: we encourage peace and love
Keijo: a good motto to have, thanks again guys that was brilliant