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Bleeker (band)

Bleeker, formerly known as Bleeker Ridge, are a Canadian rock band from Orillia, Ontario, consisting of Taylor Perkins, Cole Perkins and Mike Vandyk.

Bleeker
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Background information
Origin Orillia, Ontario, Canada
Genres
Years active 2016-present (current)
2003–2016 (as Bleeker Ridge)
Labels Five Seven
Associated acts
Website www.bleekerofficial.com
Members Taylor Perkins
Cole Perkins
Mike Vandyk
Past members Dustin Steinke
Dan Steinke

Contents

HistoryEdit

Bleeker Ridge was formed by two sets of brothers: Taylor and Cole Perkins, and Dan and Dustin Steinke. They came together in 2003 when all four met at a music shop in Orillia, Ontario, when Cole Perkins and Dan Steinke were 12 years old. They first started playing covers of Jimi Hendrix and Joe Walsh songs before releasing two independent CDs: Undertow (2004) and The Rain (2007).[1] The band was scouted by various members of the music industry, but were often considered too young. Joe Kresta, an A&R director, saw the band in 2005 when he was with Universal Music Canada. Kresta said he was "totally amazed at what these 14-year-olds were doing, they had their shirts off, long hair and it was almost odd, these voices and that sound coming out of these little guys. There were guitar licks that you see guys three times their age doing, but I wasn’t in A&R at the time, so I walked away thinking, ‘Hey, that was really something special,’ but they still hadn’t found their own identity."[1]

The band's name Bleeker Ridge is from the street names where the two sets of brothers lived: the Perkins' lived on Bleeker St. and the Steinke's lived on Ridge Ave.[2]

The band later signed with Roadrunner Records. In the Summer of 2010, the band toured Canada with Airbourne as one of two opening acts, along with Social Code.[3] They released the album Small Town Dead, produced by Bob Marlette, on September 21, 2010 in Canada. The first single from the album was the title track "Small Town Dead".[1] The song charted on the Canadian Active Rock Charts, reaching the top 10.[4] In Spring 2011, Bleeker Ridge performed on the Canadian leg of the Jagermiester Music tour alongside My Darkest Days, Papa Roach, and Buckcherry.

They also released "You Would've Liked It" and "Sick of You" as singles in 2011.

Mike Vandyk, "Dutch", joined the band shortly after the album's release. Mike had been a session/recording & tour bassist for the band.

In April 2013, Bleeker Ridge released "Last Cigarette" as a single from their soon to be released album "Four", followed by "Go Home" a few months later. June 4, 2013, Bleeker Ridge's album "Four" was released.

After completing the recording of their new album with James Michael , who along with Nikki Sixx and DJ Ashba form the band Sixx:A.M., Dustin was asked to play drums for them on their Japanese debut at the Nippon Budokan on February 19, 2015 as part of VampPark Fest hosted by the rock band Vamps. After a successful show in Japan, they asked him to play drums on their first tour, the Modern Vintage Tour.

In January 2016, Dustin left the band and signed on with Sixx:A.M., and Bleeker Ridge changed their name to Bleeker. Dan left the band a few months later.

In 2017, Bleeker was nominated for Breakthrough Group of the Year at the Juno Awards.[5]

Band membersEdit

Current members
  • Taylor Perkins– lead vocals (2016–present) (current); (2003–2016) (as Bleeker Ridge)
  • Cole Perkins – lead guitar, backing vocals (2016–present) (current); (2003–2016) (as Bleeker Ridge)
  • Mike Vandyk – bass guitar (2016– present) (current); (2003–2016) (as Bleeker Ridge)
Past members

DiscographyEdit

IndependentEdit

Release date Title
2004 Undertow (as Bleeker Ridge)
2007 The Rain (as Bleeker Ridge)

Studio albumsEdit

Release date Title Label
September 21, 2010 Small Town Dead (as Bleeker Ridge) Roadrunner Records
June 4, 2013 Four (as Bleeker Ridge) Independent
October 21, 2016 Erase You (current) Five Seven Music

SinglesEdit

  • "Highway" #11 Mainstream Rock Songs, #31 Alternative Songs
  • "Where's Your Money"

Music VideosEdit

Year Video Director
2010 "Small Town Dead"
2011 "Sick of You" Cody Calahan
2016 "Highway" Ben Guzman
2017 "Where's Your Money" Frankie Nasso

Juno AwardsEdit

The Juno Awards are presented by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Bleeker has received one nomination.

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2017 Bleeker Breakthrough Group of the Year Nominated

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Bliss, Karen (2010-07-20). "Bleeker Ridge set to hit the road". Jam! Music. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  2. ^ Beresford, Leah (2010-10-08). "Interview: Bleeker Ridge". Blare. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  3. ^ Coutts, Anna; Mastronardi, Lori; Wong, Brian (2010-07-29). "Summer lovers embrace Autumn Friday". London Free Press. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  4. ^ "Canada: Active rock". America's Music Charts. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  5. ^ http://exclaim.ca/music/article/here_is_the_full_list_of_2017_juno_winners

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