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Today, Bleached announced that they would be releasing a new EP, Can You Deal?, on Mar. 3. What’s even cooler? In addition to the EP, the band will be releasing a new zine—also titled Can You Deal?—on the same day, featuring words from the likes of Paramore’s Hayley Williams, Julien Baker and more, with all net proceeds going to support Planned Parenthood.
“Why is gender pointed out in nearly all coverage of our band? Labeling me as a woman in a band just puts me in a box, and doesn’t allow everything else I am to be seen and heard,” Bleached’s Jennifer Clavin says. “It’s 2017, Can You Deal with women playing rock and roll yet?”
Can You Deal is a collection of shared experiences from artists as told through exclusive essays, stories, visual art, poetry, and lyrics about being women in music, who face the struggle of being defined more based on gender than on the art and work they’re creating.
The zine is limited to 500 copies, and is currently available for preorder now. Pick it up here.
In addition to Hayley Williams and Julien Baker, other contributors include Tegan Quin (Tegan and Sara), Kim Schifino (Matt and Kim), Jennifer Clavin, Jessica Clavin, and Micayla Grace (Bleached), Sadie Dupuis (Speedy Ortiz) and many, many more. Check out the full list of contributors (with more to be announced) here.
Read Clavin’s full statement on the zine below:
I create music and art because I need to. To express, to bond, to reconcile, and to connect. And to use my voice. To have it received with such a generic labeling as “girl band” and consistently referenced as “female fronted” is insulting and reductive. Last year my band, Bleached, released a deeply personal full length album titled Welcome The Worms. It was a record about being in an emotionally abusive relationship. It was a record about getting spun out on drugs and alcohol. It was a record about totally losing myself in order to find myself. It was also our most ambitious body of work yet, with guitar work and guitar sounds and production we had only dreamed of until then. And yet to this day I am still fielding interview questions that have more to do with my gender than with the art I am creating. Somehow the conversation usually derails into some variation of the following question: “What is it like to be a girl in a rock band?”. And the ensuing story will define us based on our sex. Why is gender pointed out in nearly all coverage of our band? Labeling me as a woman in a band just puts me in a box, and doesn’t allow everything else I am to be seen and heard. It’s 2017, Can You Deal with women playing rock and roll yet?
Preorder the band’s new EP, Can You Deal?, here. Plus, they’re headed on tour with the Damned this spring. Check out the full list of cities and dates below!
Fri. Apr. 7 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
Sat. Apr. 8 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
Sun. Apr. 9 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
Tue. Apr. 11 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Wed. Apr. 12 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
Fri. Apr. 14 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
Sat. Apr. 15 – Vancouver, BC @ The Commodore
Sun. Apr. 16 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
Tue. Apr. 18 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
Wed. Apr. 19 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
Fri. Apr. 21 – St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
Sat. Apr. 22 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line
Sun. Apr. 23 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Mon. Apr. 24 – Louisville, KY @ Mercury Lounge
Wed. Apr. 26 – Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe (Old National Center)
Thu. Apr. 27 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
Fri. Apr. 28 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
How stoked are you to get your hands on a copy of Can You Deal? Let us know in the comments below!