5 Minutes With Bleach Lab

South London dream-pop outfit Bleach Lab are a band we've loved since hearing their debut EP 'Nothing Feels Real' back in 2021.

Following shows alongside We Are Scientists and Priestgate earlier this year, they released their long-awaited debut LP in September and will embark on a UK headline tour throughout November.

We caught up with the band to get the low-down of how they're feeling ahead of the shows.

Your debut album, 'Lose In A Rush Of Emptiness', finally dropped earlier this year – how is the mood in the Bleach Lab camp right now?

Really good! It seems to have gone down really well, especially as we released it coming out of festival season. We love festival season and it was a nice platform to start drip feeding the record into setlists, but by the end of it we are all ready for new music and more gigs!

Do you think that now people have had chance to digest the record you’ll be playing more of it on your headline tour?

Definitely! We managed to play a few ones like I say, and everything we’ve played from the album has gone down really well so far. It is always positive when you can see people enjoying those songs that they aren’t familiar with so I think it is just a case of working out where the album tracks fit in with the rest of the set. It is a good thing to have too much material rather than not enough to be playing for over an hour, but we still need to fine-tune how to balance everything so the show isn’t all over the place. It has been a learning curve to find the flow of the set.

The last time we spoke was ahead of the shows with We Are Scientists and Priestgate – how did those shows go down from your point of view?

They were great! It gave us a chance to play around with the set and it is always more freeing and fun knowing that we’re the support band and people might not be too critical about us. It was fun to play with those bands because their audiences are so different, but it also allowed us to work on being adaptable with how we were performing.

You’re playing some ace venues – are there any you’re particularly excited for?

Brudenell is somewhere we’ve been wanting to play for ages and Leeds is one of our favourite cities in general! We’ve played The Bodega in Nottingham before with Priestgate and I grew up not too far from there so I’m looking forward to heading back. All of the shows are perfectly intimate and as a band we naturally lean into that environment so we can’t wait to be on stage.

What else can we expect from Bleach Lab across the rest of the year and beyond?

I think for us it is just a case of appreciating the right-now and make the most of it being our first album. Some of these songs have been a long time coming so we’re keen to give them everything they deserve – whether that means touring it for a while or just playing it to its full potential. We have some European shows lined up which is really exciting, then we’ll be looking for more opportunities to get back out on the road.

Final tickets for Bleach Lab's tour this month are on sale now!

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