ROCKTAGON: September Mourning vs Bleeker [WATCH] [VOTE]
It’s the REV 96.7 ROCKTAGON! Two bands enter, one band leaves!
Every Tuesday night at 6pm, Choad will play two songs that will battle all week in the ROCKTAGON. You be the judge and vote for your favorite song below. Voting begins Tuesdays at 6pm and will continue through the week until the following Tuesday at 2pm.
The Champion: September Mourning
September Mourning is a transmedia dark culture project created by Emily Lazar and Marc Silvestri.
The project centers on the human-reaper hybrid September (portrayed on stage by Lazar), as she navigates the world of the living and the world of the dead. As a half-human, September feels the need to give some human souls a second chance, and thus toys with Fate.
The story is presented on different media platforms, including music, comic books, and live concerts. The comic books are produced with Top Cow Productions. According to Lazar, ““It’s a story line that has a musical component to it. An artistic component to it. The story line is what holds it all together. The music is like the icing on the cake. It’s very important of course, but it’s the vehicle to tell the story.”
In March 2016, September Mourning announced that the band had been signed to Sumerian Records, and released the music video for “Eye of the Storm”. A full-length album, Volume II, was released on July 29th, 2016, along with the second issue of the comic. Lazar stated that “Volume II is a continuation of the first step in our journey which began with our self released EP, Volume I and A Murder of Reapers, the first issue of our comic book. Volume II follows our hero, September Mourning’s tale throughout the second issue of the comic book entitled, The Hand of Fate”. To promote the release, an animated lyric video for a new song, “Skin And Bones”, was premiered on Loudwire in July 2016.
Read more about September Mourning at Wikipedia.
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The Contender: Bleeker
Bleeker Ridge was formed by two sets of brothers: Taylor and Cole Perkins, and Dan and Dustin Steinke. They came together in 2003 when all four met at a music shop in Orillia, Ontario, when Cole Perkins and Dan Steinke were 12 years old. They first started playing covers of Jimi Hendrix and Joe Walsh songs before 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. Joe Kresta, an A&R director, saw the band in 2005 when he was with Universal Music Canada. Kresta said he was “totally amazed at what these 14-year-olds were doing, they had their shirts off, long hair and it was almost odd, these voices and that sound coming out of these little guys. There were guitar licks that you see guys three times their age doing, but I wasn’t in A&R at the time, so I walked away thinking, ‘Hey, that was really something special,’ but they still hadn’t found their own identity.”
The band’s name Bleeker Ridge is from the street names where the two sets of brothers lived: the Perkins’ lived on Bleeker St. and the Steinke’s lived on Ridge Ave.
The band 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, on September 21, 2010 in Canada. The first single from the album was the title track “Small Town Dead”. The song charted on the Canadian Active Rock Charts, reaching the top 10. In Spring 2011, Bleeker Ridge performed on the Canadian leg of the Jagermiester Music tour alongside My Darkest Days, Papa Roach, and Buckcherry.
They also released “You Would’ve Liked It” and “Sick of You” as singles in 2011.
Mike Vandyk, “Dutch”, joined the band shortly after the album’s release. Mike had been a session/recording & tour bassist for the band since [need to confirm time].
In April 2013, Bleeker Ridge released “Last Cigarette” as a single from their soon to be released album “Four”, followed by “Go Home” a few months later. June 4, 2013, Bleeker Ridge’s album “Four” was released.
In January 2016, Dustin left the band and signed on with Sixx:A.M., and Bleeker Ridge changed their name to Bleeker. Dan left the band a few months later.
Read more about Bleeker at Wikipedia.
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