The band's debut, Ride Your Heart, was focused, but For the Feel shows that Bleached can take that focus wherever it wants.
Bleached had one of the better overlooked rock records of 2013 in Ride Your Heart. This follow up, For the Feel, is just a brief three songs, but it's not a victory lap or cash in. The EP starts with the title track, a song left off that record that digs deeper into the rock traditionalist side of the band's sound. Guitars are lean tightwires that the vocals tumble over leading to a sweetly catchy chorus. The other two songs here are covers, one is the Coasters' "Poison Ivy", a song once played by the Stones but in Bleached hands, the band leans on pop and R&B standards to great effect. The band also takes on the Damned's "Born to Kill" and speeds through it with a confident swagger. In just three songs, Bleached takes this EP not to celebrate their success but to celebrate music, and in doing so we get to see the wide influences and breadth of talent in this young band. Ride Your Heart was focused, but For the Feel shows that Bleached can take that focus wherever it wants.