J-14 is scouting out the hottest bands around... and this week's pick is the Black Cards!
Here are five things you need to know about the Black Cards, that are currently completing their debut album and gearing up for Chicago's music festival Lollapalooza this Friday!
The Black Cards consists of Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz and Bebe Rexha, who met accidentally while working in a New York City studio. "Bebe was in the other room writing a song and we said, 'Why don't we have her come in and sing on this song," Pete recalls. "It just kind of worked out."
When asked to describe their music, Pete calls it pop music but with a meshing of two worlds. "There's the reggae tone and beats," Pete says. "It kind of meets an electronica side and it's definitely rhythmically driven."
Writing and playing bass for Black Cards has been a huge change for Pete -- he's now writing from a girl's perspective for vocalist Bebe. "It's really different, to be honest with you." Pete says, "You get used to a dynamic when you're in a band for seven years. You get really used to this guy doing this and another doing this there. It's just different when you do it with new people. It's cool though."
Their soon-to-be-released album is much more than just a collection of songs, but a story that Pete and Bebe hope to illustrate to their audiences. "When the album finally arrives, I think it's going to be cool because there's an entire narrative throughout. Hopefully, people will pick up on that and get it." Pete says. "I don't know if people still listen to whole albums anymore, but it's definitely more of a body of work than just one song at a time."
Pete is determined to make Black Cards a name for themselves and not just rely on the success of former band Fall Out Boy. "I think people expect us to ride in on Fall Out Boy's coattails, but it's so different." Pete says. "It's like the dude in the pop punk band goes and makes a pop album."
Check out their music video for "Club Called Heaven" featuring Chiddy Bang and let us know what you think!
Courtesy of Decaydance Records