Derrick Gainsforth cosplays as a member of The Aquabats for the Salt Lake Comic Con. The Aquabats are performing at The Depot on Sept. 5. (Photo by: Derrik Gainsforth)

Hark! There’s something in the air! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s The Aquabats! That’s right, the superhero-suited, crime-fighting rockers are bring their comic-book-style flair to The Depot in Salt Lake City on Sept. 5. The heroic, five-piece band will be performing their antics-laced show in support of its 20th anniversary.

Thanks to the Salt Lake Comic Con event, the streets have been flooded with the hooliganism of the super villainous. Never fear, fine citizens, The Aquabats have already come to save the day. Before they take center stage at The Depot, The Aquabats made a special guest appearance at Salt Lake Comic Con, sharing tales from their colorful careers and answering questions from adoring fans.

Founded by lead singer Christian Jacobs, also known as MC Bat Commander, the world’s first superhero rock band made their start in 1994. The Aquabats began as an eight-piece ska band featuring the likes of Travis Barker from Blink-182. The band was a hit among the punk/ska scene of the mid-1990s.

Although The Aquabats’ music was never vulgar or offensive, it was associated with the raw, unpredictable, underground punk rock scene. While Jacobs and The Aquabats continued to perform through the 2000’s, the band evolved into a brand worthy of more than just rock stardom.

In 1999, lead singer Christian Jacobs, a returned missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, formed a television production company called The Magic Store with the sole purpose to create family-friendly television shows. Jacobs’ company produces the hit Nick Jr. show, “Yo Gabba Gabba!”

The Aquabats made their television debut in 2012 with the children’s show “The Aquabats! Super Show!” Nearly 20 years after creating a name for themselves in the underground music scene, The Aquabats brought their brand of cheesy comedy and low budget costumery to the Hub network. The show has become successful in renewing The Aquabats brand for a whole new generation. Parents who grew up watching The Aquabats live in night clubs can now enjoy the zany pack all over again with their children.

Although they are now huge crime-fighting television stars, The Aquabats continue to tour the globe in celebration of 20 years of keeping the streets safe, one guitar riff at a time.

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