Formed by Jamie Jazz (formerly of The King Blues) and Paul Mullen (from The Automatic, Young Legionnaire and formerly YourCodeNameIs:Milo), London’s Bleach Blood are a band already with a firm foot through the door of the British music scene, and should be ready to make waves with their new EP, ‘Darling, Don’t Dive’. However, the self-proclaimed “dance punks” fall slightly short and deliver a rather disjointed effort.
Things start off promising with title-track, ‘Darling, Don’t Dive Without Me’, boasting a chorus that would make Bloc Party jealous, and an electronic sound that’s somewhere between Motion City Soundtrack and MGMT. Unfortunately, the fun hook of the chorus that kicks off the song then makes way for an awkward rap style verse (perhaps an attempt at reaching out to fans of Jazz‘s former band), but the rhythm to it is repetitive and borderline cringeworthy. It’s a real shame, because the chorus is one that sticks in your head after just a couple of listens, but it feels tainted by the verses.
Following this up the band have ‘S.O.U.L.’, a complete u-turn from the pop dancefloor vibe of the previous and following tracks. This song is a low-fi raucous punk tune. It’s completely out of place on the EP and, although that may have been the band’s intention, it seems contrived and sounds like something you would expect to find on a BBC drama that needed to depict a punk show.
The highlight of the EP has to be the single, ‘Anything. Anything’, with guitar parts reminiscent of Two Door Cinema Club, guest female vocals from Linda Harrison, a real heartfelt catchy chorus, and a beat that makes you want to dance. It’s truly a great song. The band claim it’s to be part of a forthcoming full-length release and hopefully, with more material like this, the band will go on to solidify their sound. All the elements are there to become something great, they just don’t seem to have mashed together all that well this time.
Written by Dominic Webber