Faced with growing up, pop-punk bands cope in one of two ways. Either they lament their immaturity (“Nobody likes you when you’re 23,” sang Blink-182 17 years ago) or they reconcile with their changing lives.
The former is an unsustainable act of childish resistance designed to stave off maturity. The latter signals constructive growth as an artist and a person, but it’s significantly more difficult to pull off because it opens you up to all of the complexities of life.
On its newest release, “Welcome the Worms,” Los Angeles pop-punk trio Bleached chooses the latter: to deal. On 10 tracks reminiscent of the Go-Go’s and early Weezer, sisters Jennifer and Jessie Clavin (vocals and guitar, respectively) along with bassist Micayla Grace, celebrate the joy and confusion of those first steps toward embracing maturity.
Bleached’s music is catchy and upbeat, its punk pedigrees shining through in the rhythm section and the occasional moment of dissonance.
Bleached plays Monday in Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.) along with No Parents, Mallwalkers and Scajaquada Creeps. Tickets are $8 advance and $10 day of show. Doors open at 7 p.m., music is at 8.