HigherGround Music
Bleeker, Beware Of Darkness

Bleeker

Beware Of Darkness

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Showcase Lounge

South Burlington, VT

$15 advance | $18 day of show

This event is all ages

Bleeker
Bleeker
Bleeker are steadily building a rock solid name for themselves in their native Canada. With an altered band name and a slightly revamped lineup, Bleeker's aesthetic and work ethic are as sturdy and as unshakable as ever. Musically cross-pollinating the swagger of The Rolling Stones with a psych-tinged groove, Bleeker fall amidst Jet, The Black Keys, and Royal Blood in the alt rock spectrum. What sets them apart is an ever-so-subtle current of loose cannon danger that courses through every riff, every note and every melody in their latest album Erase You.

Plus, they've got time on their side. They aren't a flash in the pain showing up today and lasting through tomorrow, at the latest, before fading into obscurity. No way. Bleeker have clawed their way to the top in their home country. Now, they are ready to sink their sonic hooks into both the ears and hearts of the rest of the world. Consider this your fair warning.
Beware Of Darkness
Beware Of Darkness
"Muthafucka, I'm back from the dead, I'm about to raise hell. Out of my coma, I'm ready to show you that season of my life is done."

So taunts Kyle Nicolaides at the start of Are You Real?, the new Beware of Darkness album, and the frontman's biggest and boldest statement yet. As saw-toothed, satin guitar riffs slice into crunching grooves, the new album serves as an urgent call to arms for not only the singer, but for the band's sound as well. In an alternative lane that has lately been full of banjos and keyboards, this music ushers in a rebirth of a sound that is as refreshing as it is exciting, and goes much deeper than riffs. Nicolaides's journey, since the release of his band's debut album Orthodox in 2013, has come full circle. After trolling the depths and sludging through the bleak, Are You Real? is the story of how a rock star on the rise fought uncertainty and disillusionment to avoid flaming out.  And, more importantly, how he has come through the other side revitalized and focused, and with the best songs of his young career.

Despite the highs that would come from Orthodox, including wildly popular shows, prominent synch placements, and critical favor, Nicolaides refers to his own personal psyche during that period of his career as significantly less than stellar. Lacking self-confidence in his ability to lead, soon anger, fear, and depression set in. Nicolaides was forced to look inside himself to try and rebuild what had been lost. He began to embrace challenges—to, as he says, and in the spirit of his band's name, "be aware of darkness"—and through reading and meditation found a harmony that had previously been lacking not just in his music but in all corners of his life.
Venue Information:
Showcase Lounge
1214 Williston Road
South Burlington, VT, 05403
http://www.highergroundmusic.com/