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Formed in 2002 from members of DSM, Evil Priest, Malcontent and numerous other stalwarts of the Auckland hardcore-punk scene, The Bleeders quickly built a fanbase with a polished and pop-friendly take on the then-ascendant ‘post-hardcore’ sound. After numerous international support slots and EPs on the ElevenfiftySeven label, they signed with Universal, releasing two full length albums (As Sweet As Sin and Bleeders) in as many years, before disbanding after a US tour with Alexisonfire in 2009. There have been occasional reunion shows, while members have gone on to play in Cobra Kahn and Leeches.