Bleeker is Featured In Their Hometown Paper Orillia Today

Orillia’s Bleeker finding fame globally with chart-topping tune

Breakout single entered Top 10 in the U.S.

by Frank Matys (Orillia Today)

Bleeker, an Orillia-based rock group, is finding fame with its latest release, “Erase You.” The band’s third full-length album features the chart-topping single “Highway.” – Steve Carty photo

Bleeker has toured Europe, recorded in L.A. and garnered accolades across the globe for its hard-driving brand of rock.

Regardless of the welcome success, the group remains firmly rooted in Orillia, says frontman and vocalist Taylor Perkins.

“I’m never going to leave,” Perkins, 28, told Simcoe.com during a recent interview. “I love this place.”

The band formed 13 years ago as Bleeker Ridge, but dropped the second half of the name during a lineup change — Ridge having too much of a country ring for a group of rockers.

“We wanted to kind of match the music a little bit more,” Perkins says.

Brother Cole Perkins handles guitar duties and bassist Mike Van Dyk covers the low end. Chris Dimas, of Regina, Sask., fills the drum slot.

Though small in numbers, the group produces a massive sound.

“Cole and Mike know exactly when they need to stay in the pocket or need to sometimes overplay to make up for other stuff,” Perkins says. “They know exactly what they are doing.”

“Highway,” a recent breakout single for the group, shot to the No. 1 spot in Canada and landed in the top 10 south of the border, cracking five million Spotify streams along the way.

Propelled by fuzzed-out guitar, hand claps and throbbing bass, the high-octane cut is included on the band’s third full-length album, Erase You.

For Perkins, a tune’s feel is as important as its message.

“I love lyrics, but if the song doesn’t have the right vibe then it’s not going to work,” he says. “It could be the same song and just be recorded a different way and lose that vibe.”

Recorded in Los Angeles in 2016, Erase You earned the group a Juno Award nomination for ‘breakthrough group of the year’.

“We didn’t expect it at all,” Perkins says. “We woke up to a message from our label and thought, ‘Oh, my God, this is crazy’.”

While indie-rockers The Black Keys stand out as an obvious influence, Perkins points to Joe Walsh and Jimi Hendrix as personal favourites who prompted him to take up music and perform at local venues.

“We used to play at the Second Last Call all the time,” he says of the long-defunct club. “We’d go to blues jams and things like that.”

Perkins later discovered The Beatles and says the experience “changed my life.

“When I finally sat down and listened, it blew my mind,” he adds.

That Perkins and his bandmates would pursue music professionally was “a no-brainer for us.”

Mercifully, their personalities are such that time spent on the road hasn’t resulted in the friction that many bands face in close quarters.

“Somehow we found people that can get along well together travelling months on end in a van,” he adds.

The band has toured Germany, the U.K. and France and plans to return to Europe in November.

“A big thing for us, too, is the food,” Perkins says. “We get to try different foods and beer. We try to make the best of that.”

Dirty Heads Announce The Launch of Inaugural 'High & Mighty Festival' Alongside Sublime with Rome

This summer, the brainchild of Dirty Heads and Sublime with Rome will come to fruition with the first-ever KROQ Presents High & Mighty Festival, which will commence on Saturday, August 5th and Sunday August 6th at Oak canyon Park in Orange County, CA.  The festival will feature headline sets by Dirty Heads, Sublime with Rome, plus performances from SOJA, Jurassic 5, Method Man & Redman, Stick Figure, Tribal Seeds,  Ghostface Killah, Tech N9ne, Chief Keef and more!

FESTIVAL DETAILS HERE

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

In honor of 4/20, the band has also partnered with stick.e.vape to introduce a premium cannabis vape pen, available for purchase today!

FULL DETAILS & PURCHASE INFORMATION HERE.

Dirty Heads are currently in the studio working on a new album coming this year!  Catch the band on a string of spring festival dates before heading out on their headlining summer tour with SOJA, see full tour dates and ticket purchase information  HERE!

Romes Release New Track "Deja Vu"

NEW YORK, NY, FEBRUARY 24, 2017—Toronto quartet ROMES release new track “Deja Vu” via Five Seven Music today (February 24) across all digital platforms. Evolving the band’s unique, irresistible sound, the up-tempo track’s emotive lyrics and soaring riffs are swept across an indie-rock, pop-tinged landscape. Listen to “Deja Vu” HERE.

“‘Deja Vu’ was written at a time when I seemed trapped in an endless cycle of fear; fears of commitment, not allowing myself to love, and the anxieties that came with the inability to access my emotions to connect with the people who had given me their undivided love.”  –Jacob Alexander, ROMES

ROMES launch their #ROMES2017 livestream series with an exclusive performance featuring “Deja Vu” TODAY at 5:30pm EST via Facebook Live. Tune in HERE.

“Deja Vu” is the first of new music off ROMES’ upcoming self-titled album, out later this year. Featured in Alternative Press’ 17 Artists to Watch in 2017, ROMES kicked off the new year with a timely reimagining of the The Who’s 1960’s anthem, “My Generation.” The track follows the release of their impressive 2016 debut EP Believe, known for its empowering title track as well as acclaimed track “Tryna Be.” Stream the EP HERE.

Lower Than Atlantis Releases New Album 'Safe In Sound' Today!

BAND SIGNS WITH FIVE SEVEN MUSIC IN THE U.S. AND CANADA

“This is a brave, bold and ambitious album, and the finest of Lower Than Atlantis’ career so far.” - Kerrang!

“the sound of a band coming into their own… it’s glorious” ” – Clash Magazine

“Album five sees Lower Than Atlantis reach higher than they’ve ever dared to dream before” – Upset Magazine

NEW YORK, NY, FEBRUARY 3, 2017—FIVE SEVEN MUSIC announces the addition of British alternative rock band LOWER THAN ATLANTIS to their roster in conjunction with the release of the band’s 5th studio album, Safe In Sound, OUT TODAY! (Album Available HERE) Across the pond, lead single “HadEnough” has been added to BBC Radio 1’s B List and was declared the “Hottest Record In the World” by the UK’s Annie Mac. Stateside, the single has already garnered early buzz with adds at alt radio stations in Detroit, Nashville, and Cincinnati to name a few. It has also been immediately added as the first track on Spotify’s “New Noise” Playlist (212k in audience) TODAY! (Stream it HERE).

“Our new album, Safe in Sound, is out now and we are really, really excited to have signed to Five Seven,” says front-man Mike Duce. “Expect to hear us on your radio and see us in your city very soon. America, we are coming for you!”

“We’re thrilled to have Lower Than Atlantis join the Five Seven family and introduce the next wave of Brit-rock to our territories in North America,” says Eleven Seven Music Group’s COO Steve Kline.

In support of the new album, the band recently graced the cover of Kerrang! Magazine. Read the full story HERE.

Hailing from Watford, England, LOWER THAN ATLANTIS is comprised of Mike Duce (lead vocals), Ben Sansom (lead guitar), Eddy Thrower (drums) and Declan Hart (bass). Since forming overseas in 2007, the band has released 4 studio albums, with their last self-titled album selling 32,000 units in the UK which includes 5 BBC Radio 1 playlisted singles. Their melodic alternative rock sound is comparable to the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Foals and Royal Blood.

Having previously supported bands such as All Time Low and Blink 182, LTA is set to headline their biggest tour to date in the UK. This includes playing in front of 5,000 fans at the O2 Academy Brixton on March 17th.

SAFE IN SOUND track listing:

Had Enough
Dumb
Long Time Coming
Boomerang
Work For It
Could Be Worse
I Would
Money
I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore
A Night To Forget

Headline tour dates:

THURSDAY               09       MARCH          Norwich UEA
FRIDAY                     10        MARCH          O2 Academy Birmingham
SATURDAY               11        MARCH          Manchester Academy
MONDAY                  13        MARCH          O2 Academy Leeds
TUESDAY                 14        MARCH          O2 Academy Newcastle
WEDNESDAY           15        MARCH          ABC Glasgow
FRIDAY                     17        MARCH          O2 Academy Brixton, London
SATURDAY               18        MARCH          The Great Hall, Cardiff

Nelly Furtado Sixth Studio Album 'The Ride' Now Available for Pre-Order

NEW YORK, NY January 27, 2017—The pre-order for NELLY FURTADO’s highly anticipated, sixth studio album THE RIDE begins today, January 27 across digital retailers–iTunes and Amazon. A deluxe LP 180g clear double vinyl and several exclusive pre-order merchandise packages are also available via Pledge Music—descriptions enclosed. All digital pre-order purchases come with instant downloads of Furtado’s recent release “Pipe Dreams” and new track “Cold Hard Truth,” which premiered last night on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers. 

Out March 31 via Nelstar Music Inc./Five Seven Music, The Ride sees Furtado teaming up with Grammy-winning producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Explosions in the Sky, Blondie, Erykah Badu, Franz Ferdinand). “Cold Hard Truth” is a clear result of Furtado’s pop sensibilities fusing with Congleton’s punk stylings. “It was kind of cool, because I’m super pop – I really gravitate toward pop melodies when I write – but John is really interesting and might rearrange my pop song into more of a punk arrangement, nothing like what I would do,” Furtado said about collaborating with Congleton to The Fader. Brooklyn Vegan praises the unique collaboration saying, “…you can definitely hear her and Congleton’s styles clashing on it (in a good way)” on “Pipe Dreams.” Watch the music video for “Pipe Dreams” HERE.

The Ride serves as a culmination of Furtado’s journey, living life through experiences that oftentimes felt like a carnival ride you get on and sometimes have to get off. “It’s okay to maybe get off The Ride once in a while,” Furtado says, “and reflect on everything you’ve experienced.”  The result is a bold comeback project, signifying the return of an artist who lives unapologetically and is geared to bring everyone back on The Ride with her. 

THE RIDE TRACK LISTING

All songs produced and mixed by John Congleton at Elmwood Recording, Dallas, Texas/ Revolution Studios Toronto, Canada/The Orange Lounge Recording Studio Toronto, Canada. Except: Sticks and Stones, Produced by John Congleton and Mark Taylor. All songs written or co-written by Nelly Furtado.

1 Cold Hard Truth
2 Flatline
3 Carnival Games
4 Live
5 Paris Sun
6 Sticks and Stones
7 Magic
8 Pipe Dreams
9 Palaces
10 Tap Dancing
11 Right Road
12 Phoenix


PLEDGE MUSIC PRE-ORDER PACKAGES:

Digital Download – 12 Tracks
CD + Digital Download – 12 Tracks
Deluxe LP 180g Clear Double Vinyl – 15 Tracks
Deluxe LP + Autographed Limited Edition Lyric Zine – 15 Tracks
Deluxe LP + Autographed Limited Edition Lyric Zine + T-Shirt – 15 Tracks
More information HERE

Dirty Heads "Oxygen (Borgeous Remix)" On Sale Today

NEW YORK, NY,  January 20, 2017 — DIRTY HEADS breathe new life into their easy-tempo, hip-hop infused track “Oxygen” with a remix by Las Vegas-based producer and DJ Borgeous. Available for purchase on all digital platforms January 20, the remix takes the uplifting poolside tune to another level with festival-anthem production, making it a staple in DJ sets throughout the summer. Listen to “Oxygen (Borgeous Remix)” HERE.

“Oxygen” is the second single off the band’s 5th studio self-titled album, released last year via Five Seven Music. Currently in the top 25 at alternative radio, the track continues to gain momentum at Alternative radio, following the footsteps of their past smash hits (“That’s All I Need,” “Lay Me Down,” “My Sweet Summer”)  Stream “Oxygen” and the full album HERE.

A massive year for Dirty Heads, 2016 saw the band’s latest album debut at #1 on the Independent Label Albums Chart and #2 on the Alternative and Rock Charts. Following its release, Dirty Heads headlined sold out shows at Irvine Amphitheatre and Red Rocks, headlined the Huntridge Stage at Life Is Beautiful festival in Las Vegas, and rang in the new year with an unforgettable performance in Phoenix. The band also made their national morning television debut on NBC’s The Today Show this summer performing the feel-good summer anthem, “That’s All I Need.”  The band continues to tour in 2017 with select headline dates and festival appearances, including Sweetwater 420 Festival and BottleRock. See itinerary below.

TOUR DATES:

DATE                 CITY                             VENUE
Thu       2/9        Grand Rapids, MI         20 Monroe Live
Fri         2/10      Detroit, MI                     The Fillmore
Sun       2/12      Long Beach, CA           One Love Cali Reggae Fest
Sat        2/25      Port Canaveral, FL       Cocoa Beach Seafood Festival
Sun       3/5        St. Petersburg, FL        Reggae Rise Up
Fri         4/21      Atlanta, GA                   Sweetwater 420 Festival
Sat        4/22      Myrtle Beach, SC         House of Blues
Sat        5/27      Napa, CA                      BottleRock
Sun       5/28      Monterey, CA               California Roots Music & Arts Festival