Super Black Market: Taco and Rock and Roll Experts

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Based on their music, Super Black Market has everything it takes to make it far in the music business. However, if they somehow find that they’re sick of music and want to take on another avenue, these guys are seriously funny and would be great in comedy. Progressive Man talks to Super Black Market about One Direction, their roots as a Polka band, and where to find the best tacos in Los Angeles (they’re experts). Not only are these guys amazingly talented, but they’re hilarious as well.

Hey guys, thanks for taking the time to speak with us! Could you start out by telling us how the band was pieced together?

SBM-Thank YOU for taking the time to watch our music video for “Dancing Drunk.” Sonny and I (Joe) came to LA from Missouri with our old guitar player, Benn. We found Adam through a couple of mutual friends.  The story is actually insane, and at the same time, very boring.  And here it is:  Adam was the third tenant out of three in this house in Hollywood… We had already met and stayed at one of the other tenant’s apartments.  Then, we met the second tenant because the girl was a best friend of one of our good friends from Missouri, although they were actually from Omaha, NE.  So, what are the god damn odds that that third tenant isn’t going to be a creep/sexual deviant of some sort?  Well, he was, and it was Adam.  So out of the millions of people in LA, we knew two who just happened to live in the same tri-plex.  Then the third became our new guitar player.  Like I said, boring as shit, but really, the odds are astronomical.

How did you guys come up with your name?

SBM-That was Sonny boy and Benn.  I kept begging them to let me call the band JoeJoe and the Boys, but they wouldn’t let me.  I have the personal belief that the drummer is the only important part of the band.  Actually, Sonny said Super Black Market one day, and it caught Benn’s ear.  He said, “What?”  Sonny repeated himself.  Benn said, “One more time?”  And then it became our name.  Coincidentally, it’s also a Clash album of rarities…  The people who come to our shows hoping/expecting us to sound like the Clash are usually EXTREMELY disappointed, and they almost always let us know about it.  But, what do you think of the name JoeJoe and the Boys?

I can’t possibly see why they would turn down a great name like JoeJoe and the Boys. What genre of music would you say JoeJoe and the Boys…I mean, Super Black Market, are and what made you want to go in that direction?

SBM-We are a rock band with punk rock influences.  And I’m talkin, punk rock is barely dipping its big, nasty, black-polished toe into our lake sorta influences (dippin the pen in company ink?).  We love it, we grew up on, but we’re getting away from it a little bit.  The new songs are in the rock/pop vein, rather than straight up rock with punk rock influences.  There will always be that element and aesthetic of punk in there, I think.  I love hearing about all the bands that started off punk and then transformed slowly into a completely different kind of band – The Replacements, U2, Goo Goo Dolls, One Direction.  All of those bands kept some semblance of punk in there.  Except The Replacements.  What was the question?

What projects do you have lined up? Are you recording anything new right now or lining up show dates?

SBM-We are about to go into the studio.  I wish I could tell you the producer’s name, but we just haven’t decided on one yet.  We have 10-15 songs that we’re definitely going to be recording in the next few months.  We have the acoustics versions almost ready.  Then after that, we’re going to storyboard some music videos and hopefully get ready to do a real promotion on this album, in whatever form that takes.  The musical landscape is changing SO DAMN MUCH right now.  You don’t need a record at all to start selling songs or touring.  No one’s selling anything anyway…  But it is exciting because it’s changing and we’re all at the foot of it.  In five years, who knows where it’ll be.

What would you say is the band’s favorite track to play and listen to? Why?

SBM-For me, it’s the last track that we play called “Right Now.”  We played it live in the studio and it captured something on the record that you can’t get with that completely separate recording.  For one, we were all pretty drunk and/or stoned, and I was super worried that it was going to be completely unintelligible the next morning, but it sounded insanely good.  It’s the last track on the record, and we can only really play it last, but it hits hard as hell and at the same time it’s soft as fuck and it’s fun as shit.

What audience do you most target with your music?

SBM-We don’t target a particular audience, which probably works against us, especially being as small and unpopular as we are.  We want the new stuff to be incredible universal in a way.  Bands get trapped in genres and audience targeting.

Are there any particular themes you try to stick to when writing music and lyrics?

SBM-We stick with the ideas of self-dissipation, separation and desperation in the lyrics.  We come together as a band and we sort of create stories together.  We know what we want the song to be about, so then we have the aesthetic to know how we want the song to sound.  Starting off as a strictly Polka band really helped with the ideas in the lyrics, because so many Polka players are completely self-dissipated alcoholics or drug-addled assholes, separated from reality and desperate for attention.  We’ve all been down those dark alley in the Polka world.

It looks like you guys had a ton of fun making the music video for Dancing Drunk. What was that process like?

SBM-We had a fucking blast.  We were on tour, and we were going to do a live video in Kansas City for a big show there at this place called The Record Bar.  The director, Sir Brian Hicks, was on the fence about whether or not he wanted it to be a live video or a music video.  I told him, “This thing will probably end up getting about 1,500 views, mostly from our mother, don’t worry about it, let’s just have a good fucking time,” and he agreed.   So the associate producer, which is a completely fake job title, Clinton Martens, got so much of the stuff together and we couldn’t have done it without him.  That’s his limo, and he’s the naked man with the panty hose on his head.  The process was, and I hate to say this word, totally organic.  We did a music video for the song, “I Won’t Forget You” and it was expensive and a pain in the ass.  It turned out great and it was fun on the day of the shoot, but it was so much work raising the money and arranging every detail ourselves.  I think going guerilla and just filming is the way to go.

Be honest, where can we find the best damn tacos in Los Angeles?

SBM-There are a lot of good places.  Being incredibly white, it was awesome coming to LA and finding this taco haven.  We go to Juval’s Tacos about twice a week in North Hollywood on Vineland to talk about music and songs and The Simpsons: Seasons 1-10.  It’s the type of place that could absolutely go under at any moment, they have almost no customers at all times, and the previous Mexican restaurant that was there DID go under just a few months ago.  But Juval’s is way better than that place, whatever it was called.

Where can people go to find your music?

SBM-All of our songs, including our video for “I Won’t Forget You,” are streaming at http://www.superblackmarketcom.  We’re all over Spotify (even an AC/DC cover) and we have five music videos on YouTube.  We’ll be adding the rest of our catalog to YouTube very soon.  We have it on our Facebook and we also have CDs that we do sell online.  And iTunes.  Unfortunately, like Prince said, the internet is a fad, so take advantage of all of these networks while they last.

Author: Nader Ahmadnia

Nader Ahmadnia is a writer for Progressive Man Magazine, an online music publication that features new and emerging talent.

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