Bleached are something that has become a cliche over the last few years. They’re a female rock band that specializes in lo-fi power punk, but they pack more punch than Vivian Girls and lack the polish of Dum Dum Girls. Both full-time members of Bleach were in the punk band Mika Miko, and it comes across in their music, which is actually more similar to Super Wild Horses than beach-rock girl bands.
The song “Waiting by the Telephone,” is a great example of all the positive aspects of Bleached’s music. It’s short, it’s catchy and it rocks. The opening guitar noises pack the wallop of a long-forgotten Replacements b-side before transforming into the steady guitar licks that keep the song moving forward.
Some definitely disagree with my opinion about this song. Yes, the lyrics are admittedly a bit contrived, but this adds to the song’s charm by providing a ’50s bubblegum contrast to the aggressive noise.
The song packs a punch and stays around just long enough to leave you wanting more of its wailing hook.