Orillia rock band scores a ‘huge reward,’ opening Leafs broadcast

‘I have a good deal of friends who engage in hockey and, for people 5 minutes, they revered me,’ jokes Taylor Perkins just after Bleeker’s music, online video was aired prior to Leafs match

Orillia rock band Bleeker was showcased throughout the opening of Wednesday night’s Toronto Maple Leafs television broadcast on Sportsnet.

Lead singer Taylor Perkins fashioned the band in 2004 — then recognised as Bleeker Ridge — taking part in handles in neighborhood bars with his brother, Cole, who performs guitar. The band was found and signed by Roadrunner Records and by 2010 was touring the entire world immediately after releasing the debut album, Smaller City Useless.

The Twin Lakes Secondary University graduates have not neglected their hometown roots during their careers. Quite a few of Bleeker’s tracks, themes, and music movies relate to Orillia, together with the band name, which pays homage to Bleeker Avenue, where Perkins and his brother grew up.

“I imagine it’s the greatest metropolis in Canada,” Perkins stated. “It truly is suitable in between the most significant metropolis in Canada and 1 of the most lovely spots in the Muskokas.”

During Season 4 of Rogers Hometown Hockey in November 2017, Bleeker returned to Orillia to conduct at Couchiching Seaside Park in entrance of close friends, family and fans.

“That was a great deal of pleasurable,” Perkins said. “That’s when a large amount of our pals basically got to arrive out and see us enjoy for the initial time.”

Also in 2017, Bleeker was nominated for Breakthrough Team of the Yr at the Juno Awards.

In excess of the years, they have opened for and played with some of their childhood favorite bands, such as Aerosmith.

From the time Perkins, now 34, was a boy or girl, he and his brother dreamed of the existence they dwell today.

“We needed to be the largest band ever,” he reported. “Now our intention is to make tunes that we really like actively playing, and if something excellent transpires, then it happens.”

Obtaining to where they are these days was not effortless. It truly is taken 20 many years of follow. The recipe to their results has been teamwork, Perkins suggests.

“We all get alongside. The band isn’t going to fight,” he claimed. “We journey collectively, we are living collectively, and no one ever has a difficulty with each and every other.”

He claims none of the band’s four members acquire themselves too severely, which keeps things light-weight.

On New Year’s Eve, Bleeker opened for Large Wreck in downtown Barrie.

“It was surely an honour enjoying with people fellas,” Perkins said. “It was a great turnout. I would say a quarter of the group was from Orillia, which was wonderful.”

Wednesday’s opening of the NHL on Sportsnet arrived about via their label, 5 7 Tunes, and Rogers.

“They have a superior marriage and we assumed it was a superior notion to pitch them a music,” Perkins explained. “We heard ‘yes,’ which was remarkable, and then they additional our songs video clip in and made it a big reward.”

The music played in the intro is identified as Walken, a challenging-hitting anthem with a lot of energy.

“I have a lot of good friends who enjoy hockey and, for people 5 minutes, they highly regarded me,” Perkins reported with a chortle. “Our bass player, Mike (Vandyk), and drummer, Chris (Dimas), are big hockey followers, so it was amazing for them, far too.”

Bleeker has a new single coming out Jan. 26 titled Make it Much better. They are also established to tour Western Canada at the conclude of the month with Canadian rock band The Trews.

Fans can stick to Bleeker on Instagram and their music can be found on Apple Tunes, Spotify and Amazon Music.