Discover New Music

Last.fm is a music discovery service that gives you personalised recommendations based on the music you play.

Start your Last.fm profile Close window

Bleak

Tags

Everyone’s tags

More tags

Biography

There are multiple artists named Bleak: 1) A side project of Lycia members Mike Van Portfleet and David Galas. 2) A Finnish rock band. 3) An ambient black metal band from Chico, CA, USA. 4) A death blues band from London, UK. 5) A Swedish techno act.

1) In the midst of an incredibly prolific time for the band Lycia during the mid-1990s, bandleader Mike Van Portfleet and fellow member David Galas found time to create a side project, Bleak, to focus on more aggressive music than they normally produced in their main group. One full-length album, titled “Vane”, was released in 1995.

2) Formed in Finland’s rock capital Rovaniemi in 1997, Bleak stuck strictly to grunge during the first years of its career. The new millennium saw the band take a short breather, but Bleak regrouped in 2002, armed with a new, broader musical outlook. Today, the band’s music is a reflection of the eternally, well, bleak sonic frost of these five northern men, coated with an earthy penchant for melody, all served continental style. Vocalist/songwriter Caleb’s exceptional voice is the icing on the cake.
The band worked hard on a grass roots level, and their self-financed single ‘Crossword’ was in rotation at several rock radio stations. Radio airplay and live performances started to build a solid fanbase steadily. Asko Kallonen and Niko Nordström from Helsinki Music Company took an interest in the band and soon signed Bleak. The first fruits of the new partnership came in the form of the single ‘Play’, which debuted on the official Finnish singles chart at number 2. The song also found its way to the playlists of both Radio City and YleX.

Videos

Top Albums

Listening Trend

23,634listeners all time
466,856scrobbles all time
Recent listeners trend:

Start scrobbling and track your listening history

Last.fm users scrobble the music they play in iTunes, Spotify, Rdio and over 200 other music players.

Create a Last.fm profile

Shoutbox

Leave a comment. Log in to Last.fm or sign up.

Top Listeners