Bleakness are unveiling their new record, Functionally Extinct, this Friday, December 6 via Destructure. Hear it with us first!
Bleakness started in Nantes (west of France) in early 2016. The band is made up of longtime activists of the French and U.K. DIY punk/alternative scene. The band formed out of a need to express feelings of unease that resulted from witnessing the frustration and desperation spawned out of an oppressive system.
In the beginning, they created fast and tensed hardcore punk songs infused with melancholic melodies. After a handful of local shows, Bleakness quickly embarked on their first European tour. During the two following years, between releasing EPs and constantly playing shows and tours in France and abroad, the trio kept busy working on new songs, each new song giving more space for post pun- influenced melodies to evolve.
Late in 2018, after relocating to Lyon, Bleakness solidified their lineup with the arrival of a new drummer, and finalized the writing of their first full length. Functionally Extinct is set to be released late 2019 on Sabotage records in Germany, Destructure records in France (vinyl), and Icy Cold records (CD). The sound is a perfect combination of the sadness of early 80s post-punk and the anger of modern French, hardcore punk.