Bleeker

bleeker

Blues rock has had something of a resurgence over the past decade with bands like The Black Keys and The White Stripes and now Bleeker have followed in their footsteps with their self-titled EP.

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Bleeker, hailing from Toronto, cover a lot of ground in just five tracks on this debut. Nothing on this EP feels rushed however, everything blends well and still has its unique flavor. The opening track “Highway” and the closer “Where’s Your Money” are perfect examples of blues-rock to bookend this debut. Both tracks have repetitious and hard guitar licks with boisterous drum beats that give the tracks a lot of kick.

“Where’s Your Money” features shrieking vocals reminiscent of Zeppelin’s Robert Plant on that group’s more bluesy songs making Bleeker’s conclusion a spark of energy, more than encouraging you to go back and have another listen.

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To show off the band’s range, the penultimate song, “I’m Not Laughing Now” is a piano-based blues lullaby with cooing vocals on the chorus and keys that ring throughout the track. This track stands out as the slowest and only one with piano accompaniment. It breaks up the rest of the powerful drums and driving guitars and doesn’t feel out of place in the slightest.

All the tracks on this EP are defined by the guitar cuts and the drum beats. No prisoners are taken on these songs with emotionally delivered vocals and guitars that have been distorted in the most perfect way. In just five songs, Bleeker have managed to establish a signature sound in blues-rock and make things interesting enough to make you want to keep coming back for more.

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