Native Canadian rockers Bleeker Ridge have been playing music since their early teen years. The band consists of two sets of brothers: Taylor (lead vocals) and Cole Perkins (lead guitar), and Dan (guitar) and Dustin Steinke (drums). They came together in 2003 when all four met at a music shop in Orillia, Ont.
They releasing two independent CDs: Undertow (2004) and The Rain (2007). The band was scouted by various members of the music industry, but were often considered too young.
They 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. They released the album Small Town Dead, produced by Bob Marlette, in September 2010. The first single from the album was the title track ‘Small Town Dead’, starts off with slow jagged electric guitar strums and builds while the drums and bass kick in. The chorus is infectious and it’s no wonder the song charted on the Canadian Active Rock Charts’ top ten. In spring 2011, Bleeker Ridge performed on the Canadian leg of the Jagermiester Music Tour alongside My Darkest Days, Buckcherry, and Papa Roach.
In June 2013, the band released their latest album, Four. The ten-track record is the band’s first international album and will have full distribution in the United States, Europe and Japan. The album was funded by Bleeker Ridge’s fans through Pledge Music and (in my opinion) is their best album to date. Their first two albums were very indie and the third album had some pop influences, whereas Four is definitely a hard rock album, with influences from the ’70s and bands like Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple. The album single ‘Last Cigarette’ is a an electric blend of Stone Temple Pilots and Rush. The lead singer, Taylor Perkins’ powerhouse vocals shine through on this track. This fourth album seems to be influenced by the life experiences the band has gained since they started out, they have definitely come a long way since then. I recommend checking these guys out if you love rock and roll.