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Pete Wentz forms dance-pop band, skeptical question mark?

Has marriage to Ashlee Simpson finally turned Pete Wentz from a kid who used to bum around hardcore shows Chicago's Fireside Bowl into Will.i.am? Via Spin: A link from the Fall Out Boy bassist's blog goes to bl4ckc4rds.com, the home page for something called Black Cards, with a minute-long audio sample of something that can only be categorized as female-fronted dance-pop of the Fergie/Christina Aguilera/Taco (says Sean O'Neal) variety.

Wentz's post cryptically says "next week things will appear on this site in a very controlled distribution," as if Black Cards' music were a strain of especially virulent weaponized anthrax. "if you enjoy it, keep coming back. if its not for you than we understand." (We'd put [sic] in after the typos, but we wouldn't want to be that obnoxious.)


Wentz is the final (former?) member of Fall Out Boy to start up a new musical project. Frontman Patrick Stump has a solo record due in the fall, and guitarist Joe Trohman and drummer Andy Hurley have started a band called The Damned Things with members of Anthrax and Every Time I Die. Hurley also recently toured with the reunited Earth Crisis, who's about as far away from this Black Cards snippet as you can possibly be—though neither end of that spectrum is terribly appealing.