Black Market Maven to play at Blue Moose


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Wearing such costumes as loin cloths, kung-fu outfits, and other attire to suit their moods, the members of Black Market Maven will return to Iowa City from Los Angeles for a crazy night of electro dub-step.

Black Market Maven is a new project started by members of the group Bad Fathers, a band MTV described as playing “spazzed-out Southern punk rock.”

The new group will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Blue Moose Tap House, 211 Iowa Ave.

Admission is $8. The event is for ages 19 and up.

Bad Fathers comprises five members, but this weekend, three will present the new project. Vocalists Galante and Juan Hooks, along with DJ Jeremiah Waylon, will perform new tracks “You Better Run” and “To Spite the Scars,” along with some of the Bad Fathers’ most popular hits.

Galante said dedicated fans of the group call themselves “victims.”

“[Our fans are] fun-loving and cut loose with lots of dancing and interaction …” Waylon said.

The group appeals to fans for more than its music. The members are also writing a series of novels that corresponds to the Black Market Maven’s music.

“It’s a fantasy, science-fiction [series] and has some graphics … the music follows the stories in the novel,” Galante said.

Black Market Maven’s members say they are pumped to share the group’s original ideas on tour this fall. The upcoming tour, which starts today, will be a book and music tour.

In the novel series, the band members are story characters set in a postapocalyptic scene after World War IV. The guys will take on the costumes and personas of the characters during the performances.

The Guardian from Novak, written by Galante, is the first of five or six playful and daunting novels.

“[We want to] appeal to a broader audience and provide numerous facets of music, writing, and art,” Waylon said.

By reading the novel, the band members said, they think fans will undoubtedly become more encompassed in the music and vice versa.

“We have two songs recorded so far for this project and many more in the works” Hooks said. Both songs are a musical interpretation of parts of the first book in the series.

The multimedia project includes the book series, corresponding CDs and comic books.

Newcomers and die-hard “victims” alike can count on a night full of head-banging electronic beats, but they will be surprised by the creative costumes and performances that Black Market Maven will perform onstage.

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