Putting the Band Back Together

By Dave Dakota

Caleb Moroney the lead singer of a rock band in Knoxville has turned his band into a rock n roll male revue. Caleb was writing great songs, but couldn’t get his music to a mainstream audience. Caleb was always told by his female friends that if his band were strippers, they would make a lot of money. Caleb’s band mates are all former football players! They are all muscular and in amazing shape. At a show last year, Caleb started ripping his shirt off and the ladies went nuts. He noticed that his sex appeal was drawing people to his music. Caleb and his friends in the band were never shy guys so they decided to see what would happen if they turned their hour set into a male revue show featuring their music. I talked to Caleb this week about the evolution from a garage band to a male revue.

DD: How did your hardcore fans take your shift in focus for the band?

CM: Well I got to say that our female fans loved it, but the guys were a bit shocked. It was really funny to see the look on the face of this guy Eddie who is one of our street team guys. He looked like he was watching a live robbery. It was really funny. But eventually he understood what we were doing! We had to come up with a way to get our music out to the masses. Also we have always talked about joining a male revue. We have always been very athletic. And I guess it doesn’t hurt that we are good looking guys. So now we get the best of both worlds! We get to play kick ass rock n roll, and have hundreds of women screaming our names!

DD: So are you technically a male revue, or are you a rock band?

CM: Why can’t we be both? The music will always be the most important thing to me! No matter how we got them in the door, believe me, these ladies sing back every lyric to me. They are definitely fans of the music! I think that we have created something completely unique.

DD: In Tennessee, you guys seem to be getting very huge. How do you market this thing to take it on the road? I assume that a rock band like yours will get some intrigue from the rock scenes in different cities. I can imagine someone being shocked when they walk in and you are in a thong.

CM: Social media seems to be drawing a lot of intrigue from ladies all over the country. We base of tour on Facebook. When we get a few hundred Facebook fans in each city, we go there. If a guy walks in and is a little shocked or doesn’t give our music a chance because of the male revue aspect of our show, then that is a risk that we have to take! Believe me, seeing hot women screaming your name makes it all worth it.

Exotic Dancer Coloring Books

There is a new coloring book coming out that is not for kids! Michelle Derothe is the creator of a new Coloring book series featuring Exotic Dancers. Michelle who worked at strip clubs for 3 years while putting herself though Art school has now combined these 2 arts and has put together something completely unique. I talked to Michelle about her new Exotic Dancer coloring book series.

VL: Do you expect adult to color the pages, or is it just more of a collector’s item?

MD: Believe it or not, a lot of people actually are coloring in the pages. We had a contest on Twitter for the best pictures. We had over 1200 entries. When I first started this, I didn’t think I would even sell 1200 copies. To have that many be the quote “freaks” who are coloring it in is awesome! And to answer your question, yes a lot of people actually color them in. It is fun to give girl purple boobs!

VL: What is your target audience?

MD: The Exotic Dancer industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. That will of course be our main demo, but we have found that a large part of our audience is a group that loves the stories. We do a really funny story and it alone has found its fans.

VL: Tell me about what the story is about?

MD: It’s about a group of Exotic dancers who live crazy super hero-esque lives. Penelope Poppers is the main character. She has a lot of super hero tendencies. And a lot of her crime fighting moves are the same moves that she does at the strip club.

VL: What are some of your favorite fight scenes from the coloring book?

MD: Penelope once wrapped her legs around a guy’s head and broke his neck. He had just robbed and murdered two senior citizens. Penelope is like the female version of Spider Man if he was a stripper.

VL: How many issues have you done so far, and do you have a number in mind where you will stop?

MD: We have done 53 issues so far. As far as stopping, I don’t see a stopping point anywhere soon. See I look at this like a comic book, only the fans get to decide the colors. I never have nor will I ever release any pictures of the characters in color. This way, you can decide the colors that Penelope and the other girls wear.

VL: That’s pretty interesting! All other major characters have always been seen somewhere in color. What if you guys ever did a movie or TV show?

MD: Funny you mention that because a TV show is in the works. There will be no color. It will look like the uncolored pages in the coloring book. I think it will separate us from the rest.

VL: That should be fun! Sounds like you really stumbled upon your own niche. I wish you nothing but success in the future.