Bleached and Heavy Hawaii at Soda Bar
Art Fag Records hosts awesome show in Normal Heights
Soda Bar was the place to be on Saturday, August 20, if you were a twenty-something hipster, as the club played host to a show put together by Art Fag Recordings featuring brand new Los Angeles band Bleached and three local San Diego punk bands. Bleached features sisters Jessica and Jennifer Clavin, formerly of the popular Los Angeles punk band Mika Miko. The Soda Bar show was the final stop on a short west coast tour for Bleached and San Diego garage band, Heavy Hawaii.
Local band Plateaus started the night off with a fast-paced but lo-fi surf punk set that got the crowd in the mood for what was to come from the next tree bands. Up next was Heavy Hawaii, who played a fun but short set of psychedelic influenced surf songs. Bleached took the third spot of the night, and had the highest-quality but shortest set, barely playing their infectious brand of pop infused punk for twenty minutes before thanking the crowd and breaking down their equipment.
Many assumed the crowd was there to see Bleached, given their relation to Mika Miko, which was a popular band in the garage punk scene centered around Los Angeles venue The Smell, but the bulk of the energy was saved for the last band, Beaters. While they played an loud set that was muddy for long stretches at a time, the crowd happily responded by dancing along to their dark psych-punk songs. Singer/guitarist Jeremy Rojas has an engaging presence and it's hard not to appreciate their talent.