365 Days, 365 Files: Bleach – 声 (Koe)

Back when I hosted a Shoutcast server here on the site, one song on the playlist was "Koe" by Bleach.

It’s the most deceptive track on the band’s debut album, Kibakuzai. Sporting a melody and an actual guitar hook, the song indicates nothing of the stormy performances featured on the rest of the album.

Oddly enough, Kibakuzai is the band’s most polished album, fidelity-wise. Subsequent albums would go for a muddier, less pristine sound, but all of them pack one hell of a wallop.

Bleach is an incredible band to see live, and while I love listening to their albums, I can’t listen for very long. The three girls from Okinawa are the very definition of intense. The only other time I’ve ever seen a band transform an audience into a pit of assholic rage was during a Molotov set.

And listening in the car? Forget it. Nothing makes me more prone to road rage than Kanna and Suke screaming from the top of their lungs.

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