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Posted by Jay . on 2016/05/24

A siblings-led Canadian hard rock quartet whose Stones-ian swagger and big melodic hooks invoke names like the Black Keys, the Struts, Jet, and Royal Blood, Bleeker were founded in the Northern Ontario town of Orillia. Originally operating under the moniker Bleeker Ridge, the band was formed in 2003 around the talents of brothers Taylor (vocals) and Cole Perkins (guitar) and Dan (guitar) and Dustin Steinke (drums). The group spent seven years gigging, recording, and honing its sound before inking a deal with Roadrunner Records in 2009. They recorded their debut LP, Small Town Dead, with producer Bob Marlette (Shinedown, Default, Seether) and released it the following year. Tours with Airbourne, Buckcherry, My Darkest Days, and Papa Roach followed, and in 2013 they issued the first single, "Last Cigarette," from their forthcoming sophomore outing, Four. In 2015 the band hooked up with producer/Sixx: A.M. vocalist James Michael to record its third studio long-player. During that time drummer Dustin Steinke was asked to join Sixx: A.M. on their upcoming tour, and Bleeker, who had decided to drop "Ridge" from their name, added bass player Mike Van Dyk to their roster. Erase You, the band's inaugural release under the new name, arrived in 2016 via the Eleven Seven label. ~ James Christopher Monger

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