While my days of hypersexual girl-fandom are far behind me, I’ve still got a pulse. One look at this week’s featured Video Clip, “Highway” from Canadian power-trio Bleeker, prompts me to declare that these three hot young guys playing some seriously hook-sharp rock should be out there stealing the fans away from Justin Beiber and similar nad-less dweebs at a fairly steady clip. I mean, why not? Come on ladies, get with the program!
The wildly exuberant video for “Highway” features a collection of behind-the-scenes and live footage from the band’s recent tour as well as day-to-day life for vocalist Taylor Perkins, Guitarist Cole Perkins (yes they are brothers) and Bassist Mike Van Dyk. Aurally, Bleeker valiantly hijacks blues-based rock, infusing it with a rousing power pop energy mixed with a visceral rock swagger that just can’t be denied. Simply stated, this band is hot stuff!
“Highway” is the featured single off the Bleeker’s debut self-titled EP, which has already racked up over 500k streams on Spotify, and garnered radio play on stations in the U.S. (KRXP, KFMA, WBUZ), Canada (HTZ FM, The Wolf), and Germany – wow! Those Germans: they love the Rock. Like Bleecker — and find out when they are touring — on the FaceBook at This Link! Enjoy!
When I say that something reminds me of “back when I was in college,” it’s almost universally meant to be a compliment. In this case, the song “Highway” — and its accompanying video — by Solemn Meant Walks recalls fond college-era memories in two ways. First off, the creative video, based on the tale of Resurrection Mary (a well-known Chicago area ghost story) embraces the best aspects of a enthusiastically produced student film, which means it was made with sincerity and love. And when it comes to effective storytelling, you’ll “get it” right away: Beware of Hitchhiking Ghosts, or something, whatever. Scary!
Secondly, as a recovering goth, I appreciate this band’s rich and evocative sound, which recalls bands like Siouxsie and The Banshees jamming with the Cocteau Twins — two seminal groups that were playlist staples during my tenure as a College Radio DJ. Ah, sweet nostalgia. The debut from this Chicago-based, mixed-gender quartet was co-produced by Ashkelon Sain of Portland’s Trance to the Sun (a legend in the American Dark Wave scene) and front-woman Ami Gloria. Gloria, who also writes the majority of the band’s music, plays keyboards and guitar and is joined by bandmates Allie Frost on bass and vocals, Doug Tompkins on guitar and Andrew Sole on drums. I bet they kick some ass live.
Find out more about Solemn Meant Walks and download their self-titled debut album — released on March 27th — for just $7 at This Link. Enjoy!