Bleech all set to clean up at The Cellars

Bleech are sisters Jennifer (guitar, vocals) and Katherine (bass, vocals) O'Neill and Matt Bick (drums)
Bleech are sisters Jennifer (guitar, vocals) and Katherine (bass, vocals) O'Neill and Matt Bick (drums)

Enter the Theatre of Fear for a triumphant homecoming

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The Road to V may have been an uphill struggle, but now Bleech are on a highway straight to the top.

The London-based trio, who reached the final of the Road to V festival competition in 2009, recently supported indie band The Joy Formidable and have also graced the stage with high profile acts such as Pete Doherty and The Kooks.

Now the hotly-tipped grunge band will bring their catchy songs and energetic performances to Portsmouth, when they return to the stage at The Cellars at Eastney tonight.

Sisters Jennifer and Katherine O’Neill and school friend Matt Bick formed Bleech two years ago and spent all of last year touring, playing over 100 gigs in London alone.

Despite not currently being signed to a record label, the band have managed to build up a legion of fans across the UK and Germany.

Formerly known as Slumming Angels, they are making a welcome return to Portsmouth, after performing on the main stage at Southsea Fest last September.

With an impressive fanbase, including radio DJ Steve Lamacq and Lauren Laverne, Bleech have already made quite an impact on the music industry.

They are currently in the process of recording their debut album, which should be ready for release next year.

Their first single, Is It True That Boys Don’t Cry, released on Ban*Jam/Island Records last April, was the Best of Myspace Number 1 and made the NME ‘Songs to Listen To This Week’ list in its first week of release.

Their second single, The Worthing Song, enjoyed similar success, making Clash magazine’s Single of the Month.

Their new single, Are You Listening?, will be available to download for free next Friday.

Sharing the stage with Bleech this evening are support bands Transmission, Bad Paws and Dirty Legion.

JODIE MYTTON

n See Bleech tonight from 7.30pm at The Cellars at Eastney. Tickets cost £7 on the door or £6 advance from (023) 9282 6249 or stiffpromotions.co.uk.