Richmond hardcore punk quartet BLEACH EVERYTHING presents their crushing debut LP, So We Gnaw, through Dark Operative this week. The record is now getting an advance stream at New Noise Magazine.
Formed in the spring of 2012, BLEACH EVERYTHING is comprised of lifetime scene veterans from across the punk and hardcore underground – vocalist Brent Eyestone, guitarist Graham Scala, bassist Kelly Posadas, and drummer Ryan Parrish – who collectively hail from the likes of Corn On Macabre, Jesuit, Highness, City Of Caterpillar, Darkest Hour, Mammoth Grinder, Suppression, Iron Reagan, Harmonic Cross, Forensics, Souvenir’s Young America, Meditative Sect, and many others over the past two decades or more.
While the members of the band are currently living in different parts of the country, they often reunite for numerous recording sessions and live performances around the United States. Following several singles, an EP, and splits with The Infamous Gehenna and VORS over the past several years, So We Gnaw is the debut full-length from BLEACH EVERYTHING. The instruments for So We Gnaw were recorded by Ricky Olson at The Ward who also mixed the record, while the vocals were recorded by Brent Eyestone at Tracking. The album was mastered by Bryan Walthall at StereoImage and completed with artwork by Steak MTN.
With the album’s release, the band states, “We’re excited as all hell to be releasing this LP out into the world this week. The sound encapsulates a period in our lives where dramatic, often jarring changes were happening in both our personal lives and externally to others to a level where the only thing that made sense was to immerse ourselves in some of the most violent-sounding music any of us have ever made collectively and individually. In doing so, we tapped into a deeper layer of the sonic and interpersonal dynamics that brought us together in the first place. It opened up a portal to a much deeper creative realm that we’re just now getting started in exploring.
The title So We Gnaw comes from both a philosophic creative perspective and a raw, ‘just go on living’ perspective. We learned a lot about the indifference of the universe and the horrors of life therein during this one (to put it mildly). The only way out of the various metaphorical lashes was to simply gnaw at them. And then gnaw at the ever-mounting lashes after them… This record is for anyone out there who’s ever been overwhelmed and beaten down, but knows the only way up is to push the boot aside and start hitting back and chewing at the forces pressing down upon all of us at various points in life.
‘Why be here? Where is light? Don’t give in or lose the will to fight.'”
So We Gnaw will see release through Eyestone’s own Dark Operative label on CD, digital, and LP this Friday, July 12th with distribution through Revelation. Find preorders at Bandcamp and a limited run of 100 copies on red vinyl exclusively via RevHQ mailorder. Limited edition merch, including everything from t-shirts to “violence kits” (rusty railroad spikes and baseball bats hand-burned with lyrics from each song on the album), is available exclusively at the group’s Bandcamp page.
Watch for further videos from So We Gnaw, details on the third issue of the band’s own fanzine, tour dates, and more to be posted shortly. BLEACH EVERYTHING is scheduling additional titles for release later this year as well.