"Can You Deal?" EP (Dead Oceans)

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Los Angeles band Bleached – the punk band lead by sisters Jennifer and Jessica Clavin — are set to release their new EP, “Can You Deal?,” on March 3rd via Dead Oceans. The EP follows the release of their most recent album, Welcome The Worms, for which the band played Late Night With Seth Meyers. In conjunction with the EP, Bleached are touring this spring, including an upcoming tour supporting The Damned. Additionally, Jennifer Clavin has compiled and will be publishing a limited edition zine also titled “Can You Deal?” with contributions from Hayley Williams (Paramore), Tegan Quin (Tegan and Sara), Jane Wiedlin (The Go Go’s), Liz Phair, EMA, Alice Glass and more. All net proceeds from the zine will go to Planned Parenthood and it is also available March 3.


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.  The title track to this EP, “Can You Deal?” is about this experience. Last year we 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?

–Jennifer Clavin


Can You Deal? Zine is a collection of shared experiences on this subject through essay, visual art, poetry, lyrics and more from artists. Contributors in alphabetical order are:


Mecca Vazie Andrews (Sex Stains)

Julien Baker

Alicia Bognanno (Bully)

Jennifer Clavin (Bleached)

Jessica Clavin (Bleached)

Sadie Dupuis (Speedy Ortiz)


Alice Glass

Micayla Grace (Bleached)

Allie Hanlon (Peach Kelli Pop)


Maryn Jones (All Dogs)

Ali Koehler (Upset, Vivian Girls)

Sara Landeau (the Julie Ruin)


Dani Miller (Surfbort)

Kate Nash

Liz Phair

Jane Weidlin (The Go Go’s)

Allison Wolfe (Sex Stains, Bratmobile)

Tegan Quin (Tegan and Sara)

Patty Schemel (Upset, Hole)

Kim Schifino (Matt and Kim)

Mish Way (White Lung)

Hayley Williams (Paramore)

And more TBA!