Pin It

The (Beguiling) Face of Rock and Roll 

Boise band The Blaqks is a sexy bunch who melt faces with garage glitz


Few men can get away with wearing tight, white jeans. But on stage, Boise rocker and heartthrob Cary Judd (who goes by his alter ego Danny Blaqk) sure can. In fact, he's regularly referred to as "sexy" by music writers and fans in Boise. Men and women alike love his style.

Most nights when The Blaqks have a local show, Danny's statuesque physique and chiseled jaw adorn the stage at Boise's Neurolux against a backdrop of flashing lights shaped like a crown. In control, he screams out lyrics to the kind of songs that made bands like The Darkness and Jet famous. Rock and roll—or "garage glitz" as the band calls it—is his way of fornicating with the crowd.

And for a band, that assigns attribute duties to its members on their social media sites rather than instrument responsibilities, it's no wonder Danny is listed as "the face." Refreshingly though, away from the limelight, Danny is a little more humble about that designation.

"I'm just a dude who sings in a band. I piss, sneeze, and binge on Netflix shows like anyone," Danny admitted in an interview with the Source. "I have abnormally pigmented eyes; they're not the windows to anything. It's just the result of double helixes aligning the way they did when my dad knocked my mom up."

The Blaqks' over-the-top personas don't end with their lead singer either. Other members are assigned roles like "token," "yoda," and "lightning" while the lone female—dubbed Anxie Blaqk—plays the part of the band's "vixen." Guitarist Jeremy Coverdale—aka Jonny Blaqk—(noticing a trend here?) does double duty as the "hair" and, ceremoniously, the "sausage."

"Anxie and I have seen him naked and that's all you need to know about how that name came about," joked Danny.

Thankfully, rather than being a gimmick, that kind of typical rock and roll bravado does, in fact, translate to big-time chops on stage. The boyish grins and smoldering stares become a martini shaker full of dastardly blues and flamboyant rock punctuated every time Danny interjects howls into his crisp tenor vocals or Jonny explodes into a hair band guitar solo.

Still, all brashness aside, away from the stage, the members of The Blaqks are simply bright-eyed, friendly-as-can-be Idahoans. They sit on the back patio of the house most of them share that they have dubbed Neverland, planning out this year's garden (Jonny wants lots of kale) and plotting out how not to grow up. Their stage identities seem to be just that—something they wear when they want to blow up a crowd.

"I've always felt that when you're putting on a show, even if it's in a friend's basement, it's an occasion to dress up for, to set that time apart from the day to day of life," remarked Danny. "The older I get, the more I realize the moment we're living in is the most important moment of our lives. I hope when people come to a Blaqks show they feel that message pulsing through the songs."

As alluring and captivating as the members all are, communicating that shouldn't be a problem.

The Blaqks

9 pm. Tues., March 11

Volcanic Theatre Pub

70 SW Century Dr.


Pin It

Speaking of The Blaqks, Boise


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Trending in the Alternative Press

Newsletter Signup

Cascades Reader Logo Cascades Reader

Get your daily dose of news for Central Oregon and beyond, delivered to your inbox five days a week. Powered by the Source Weekly.

Latest in Sound Stories & Interviews

  • It's in Their Blood

    • Jun 19, 2019
    Ahead of their show at 4 Peaks, Oliver Wood of The Wood Brothers talks about growing up in a musical family More »
  • Four Picks for 4 Peaks

    • Jun 19, 2019
    The Source's music writer calls out some acts you need to see More »
  • AUSTN Coming Home

    • Jun 12, 2019
    The 16-year-old singer is fresh off his debut EP and ready for Bendites to hear his music More »
  • More »

More by Ethan Maffey

Readers also liked…

  • Rebuilding St. Thomas

    Rebuilding St. Thomas

    Larry and His Flask drummer Jamin Marshall spearheads a benefit concert to raise money for Virgin Islands residents, affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria
    • Nov 1, 2017
  • Universally Shared

    Universally Shared

    Cloverdayle, a Nashville duo with Bend roots, shares its latest single, "Scars."
    • Nov 30, 2017

© 2019 LAY IT OUT INC | 704 NW GEORGIA AVE, BEND, OREGON 97703  |   Privacy Policy

Website powered by Foundation