Bleached - Can You Deal? (Limited Edition White Vinyl)
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Frustrations rose to the surface in Bleached's music on their cathartic second album Welcome the Worms, and it's a state of mind that continues on the Can You Deal EP. This time, the band combines the personal and the political as they respond to the sexism they encountered while promoting Welcome the Worms. On the anthemic title track, they shoot down tired attitudes and questions with surging guitars and the refrain "I don't wanna keep spelling it out." Here and throughout the EP, Bleached sound tighter and heavier than ever, as though they've concentrated Welcome the Worms' heft into songs like "Turn to Rage." Can You Deal also provides equal time for the band's happy-go-lucky side with the strutting power ballad "Flipside" and "Dear Trouble," which closes the EP by sending the band's worries packing, if only for a moment. Can You Deal isn't just some of Bleached's finest music to date -- the EP also inspired a zine that benefits Planned Parenthood and features contributions from artists including Liz Phair, EMA, Lizzo, and Patty Schemel.