Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Better than: Watching hyped headliners deflate without an exciting opener.
The billing of Bleached as headliners over DIIV at the Rickshaw Stop last night was initially confusing. The group boasts three singles released in 2011, while DIIV's debut LP was declared Best New Music by Pitchfork in late June. Yet, after only a few short interactions with audience, it became evident what propelled Bleached into the spotlight despite so little recorded output. The group's likability and natural rapport with the audience reveals the likely source of its success — only last night, it wasn't enough to hide a lack of material and fledgling songwriting.