1:24pm PT by Graeme McMillan
DC Entertainment Releases 3-Track EP to Promote 'Black Canary' Comic Book
DC Entertainment's current Black Canary comic book series takes the superhero out of the Justice League and sends her on a tour of the U.S. as the lead singer of a band that shares her name — and to promote the release of the series' first collected edition, DC has bent reality to release a 3-track EP recorded by the band.
Of course, the music wasn't really made by a group of four fictional characters. Instead, the release — called, simply, EP 1 — is the work of Black Canary writer Brenden Fletcher, Caveboy lead vocalist/guitarist Michelle Bensimon and producer Joseph Donovan, who co-wrote two of the three tracks, and performed all three. (The third track on the EP, "The Man With The X-Ray Eyes," is a cover of a song from the 1981 Bauhaus album Mask.)
The release of the EP is supported by a microsite on the official DC Comics site that introduces the band, lists future tour dates (all appearances, of course, are in DC's fictional cities) and describes their music as "a blend of electronic beats and killer riffs" — which seems like a fair description of EP 1, all things considered.
This isn't the first time that a comic book band has produced music in the real world; the movie adaptation of Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim brought in Beck to provide the sounds of Sex Bob-Omb, and Archie Comics' Josie and the Pussycats and The Archies both had soundtracks to their animated adventures in the 1970s.
The first Black Canary collection, Black Canary Vol. 1: Kicking and Screaming, is available in comic book stores and digitally now. Listen to EP 1 below.