Bleach (American band)

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This article is about the Christian rock group. For the English indie band, see Bleach (British band). For the Japanese hardcore punk group, see Bleach (Japanese band).
Origin Grayson, Kentucky, United States
Genres Christian rock
Years active 1995–2004, 2010–present
Labels Tooth & Nail, ForeFront
Members Dave Baysinger
Sam Barnhart
Jerry Morrison
Milam Byers
Jared Byers
Past members Matt Gingerich
Bradley Ford
Todd Kirby
Russ Fox

Bleach is an American Christian rock band based in Nashville, Tennessee.


It was formed at Kentucky Christian University, in Grayson, Kentucky, in 1995, originally under the name Muffin.[citation needed] The band announced that it would be disbanded in 2004, but in 2010, the band announced it was coming back.

In 1997, the band earned a Dove Award in the category of Modern Rock Recorded Song of the Year for its song "Epidermis Girl", from its first album Space. The follow-up album, Static, reached No. 22 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart.[1]

In 2003, the band members announced that they were going to disband. The band said goodbye to its fans in the form of a farewell tour, which was followed by the final album Farewell Old Friends (2005).[citation needed] Their "last show" was performed on August 29, 2004, in Nashville, but on March 13, 2005, the band performed a reunion show to benefit the Aaron Marrs Memorial Fund. It also performed a reunion show at The O.C. Supertones's last show, at Biola University on October 7, 2005.[citation needed]

"Super Good Feeling" is on the Seltzer 2 album,[citation needed] "Waving Goodbye" on the Seltzer 3 album[citation needed] and a cover of dc Talk's "Heavenbound" on the Forefront Ten album.[citation needed]

Davy Baysinger and Jared Byers both have a side project band named Royal Empire Music.[citation needed] They have written songs for a compilation CD series called My Other Band for Mono vs. Stereo records.[citation needed] Russ Fox is now[when?] playing guitar in the rock band The Red Velvet and runs Huntington's Broadmoor Recording Studio.[citation needed]

Additionally, they made an appearance at the Cornerstone Festival in 2010,[2] and at the Sonshine Festival in July 2010.[3]

The band started their "Four States Tour" in July 2011.[4][dated info]

In other media[edit]

  • Bleach's music is featured in the Christian video game Dance Praise. The songs "Heartbeat", "Rock N Roll", "Static" and "Super Good Feeling" are included with the game.
  • "Heartbeat" is used in the romantic comedy film Extreme Days (2001) and in its accompanying soundtrack.
  • "Rock N Roll" is used in the second season of teen drama television series Dawson's Creek (episode 16), "Static" in the third season (episode 4), and "Super Good Feeling" the third season (episode 6).
  • "We Are Tomorrow" was used on ESPN's SportsCenter in 2003.
  • "Broke in the Head" is used in the first season of the television series Roswell (episode 8) and "Knocked Out" in the second season (episode 13) titled "Disturbing Behavior".
  • "Good as Gold" is used in the third season of the "CW" show One Tree Hill (episode 7).


  • Sam Barnhart – guitar, vocals (1995–present)
  • Dave Baysinger – lead vocals (1995–present)
  • Milam Byers – lead guitar (2000–present)
  • Jerry Morrison – bass guitar (1999–present)
  • Matt Gingerich – guitar, keyboards, pan flute (1995–present)
  • Bradley Ford – keyboard, guitar (1995–1999)
  • Todd Kirby – bass guitar (1995–1999)
  • Matt Gingerich – drums (1995–2000)
  • Russ Fox – bass guitar, guitar (1999–2000)
  • Jared Byers – drums (2000–2013)


Title Year Label
Space 1996 ForeFront
Static 1998 ForeFront
Bleach 1999 ForeFront
Again, for the First Time 2002 Tooth & Nail
Astronomy 2003 Tooth & Nail
Farewell Old Friends 2005 Tooth & Nail
Audio/Visual 2005 Tooth & Nail


  1. ^ "Bleach". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-10-08. 
  2. ^ "Cornerstone Festival 2011 :: Bands". 2011-06-30. Retrieved 2011-10-08. 
  3. ^ "Sonshine Music Festival // Willmar, MN // July 14–17, 2010". Retrieved 2011-10-08. 
  4. ^ "News". Bleach is Alive. Retrieved 2011-10-08. 

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