Black Checker

Black Checker is a rock band from Washington, DC consisting of Jim Cordes (Vocals, Bass Guitar), Tony Porreco (Guitar, Vocals), and Names Thompson (Drums).

According to Jim Cordes, the lead singer and songwriter for the band, “We play fast, exciting rock songs that we think folks are going to enjoy.” With a live set filled with energetic, uptempo numbers, Black Checker is a group that prides itself on its ability to assemble accessible tunes that feature brisk, rowdy arrangements.


"All good power pop bands should aspire to create songs that stick and stay with listeners, and Black Checker has that going on." - David Hintz, DC Rock Live.

"Sweetly nostalgic '90s alt-rock/power-pop-inspired jam[s], but with a bit of a punk edge thrown in for good measure." - DCist

"The 6 songs on Black Checker's new Fast EP are blasts of power-pop with nods to Green Day and that one Marvelous 3 record that was so good...the one with the hits." - Glenn Francis Griffith, A Pessimist Is Never Disappointend

Influences: Cloud Nothings, The Replacements, and Green Day. Sounds like Hüsker Dü with a Ted Leo punch. [+]