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Blackmarket formed out of lake havasu city, Arizona in 2003. With a truly unique sound they've been compared to bands like the Clash with a smooth mixture of dance, radio ready and artistic creativity. In regards to the latter they draw comparisons to the Cure and U2. At live performances one notes the floating guitars backed by an excellent rhythm section and Bono/Robert Smith like vocals illiciting concert goers to sing along. Look for songs like "Indigo" and "Bad Call" and "Colors" to attract label attention. The band is comprised of Daryl Lamont (vocals, guitar), Jason Brindis (guitar, keyboards), Mikey Emerson (bass), and Langdon Chieffo (drums). Daryl had played in many bands throughout junior high and high school. The first group of bands of which were assembled in junior high were Abnormal and Gang Green, two punk influenced groups that played locally. After which Daryl started a band that would be his longest runnung yet called Defiance(not to be confused with the national recording artist of the same name). Together for two years, Defiance pushed the limits of Daryl's song writing capibilities. Meanwhile, the rest of the band, (Jason, Mikey, and Langdon) played under the name Illusive throughout high school garnering attention in their hometown. All of the members grew up together in Lake Havasu in separate bands but when Illusive and Daryl finally crossed paths in 2003 they formed their most promising band yet.

While still playing under the name Illusive the band took in influences from all over the spectrum including classic rock, progresive rock, electric, folk, punk, dance, and ambient experimental music. Some of these bands include The Beatles, The Cure, Kenna, Postal Service, The Mars Volta, Boston, Foreigner, Pink Floyd, Elliot Smith, Explosions in the Sky, and Radiohead. Molding what was learned for the two years of listening and fine tuning, the band developed their own unique sound that didn't quite fit the style and approach Illusive had when it was formed. In the summer of 2005 the name was then changed to Blackmarket as a tribute to the period they were underground writing over thirty original songs. With a truly self-earned outlook on music the band stands where it is today... ready to get thier music to the masses. Four musicians that have grown together musically enough to convey exactly how they feel clearly and without doubt. Whether it be fun and upbeat or moving and dramatic, they have a way of reaching people through their understanding and personal will to give all that they have to the music and to thier fans.