By Rachael Bohlander, DC Music Live
Founded less than two years ago, Black Checker’s fast driving power pop, grunge-infused sound has propelled Jim Cordes (vocals, bass), Tony Porreco (guitar, vocals), and Names Thompson (drums, vocals) to the stages of D.C.’s best music venues, gained them countless adoring fans, and now, finds them at Acre 121 this November 22, introducing their new 6-song EP, Fast. Just like their up-tempo beats.
Black Checker counts among their influences The Replacements, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Green Day, and the Slickee Boys. And like these artists, the fast, exciting rock that they think people will enjoy. They’re a group that prides itself on its brisk, rowdy style balancing pop and punk. They care even more about creating tunes that get their fans standing and keep them on their feet.
David Hintz, of D.C. Rock Live, describes it as fun and careening. They have a sound like “Hüsker Dü with a Ted Leo punch.” It’s power pop. It’s grunge. It’s barroom grit at its most tuneful and playful. All sounds like a contradiction? Sure. But it works. And it is good. Really good.
Keeping with their all-inclusive attitude that puts the fans first, Black Checker is introducing Fast to the world by throwing their EP release show at Acre 121 for FREE – No Cover!!! – and its all ages. They’ll be joined by local band’s The Dead Women and The Joads. It’s an event not to be missed.
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