Boys Like Girls Biography

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Boys Like Girls are:
* Martin Johnson – vocals, rhythm guitar
* Paul DiGiovanni – lead guitar
* Bryan Donahue – bass
* John Keefe – drums

Boys Like Girls is a four-piece rock band from Boston, Massachusetts. The group completed nationwide tours with Cute Is What We Aim For, Hit the Lights and Butch Walker and topped the Top Unsigned Artist chart on PureVolume, within a few months from forming in late 2005. In August 2006 they released their Matt Squire-produced debut album, Boys Like Girls via Columbia Records/Red Ink. On March 17, 2007, it was announced that the band was voted 2006 Artist of the Year by the readers of Spin.

The band Boys Like Girls was formed in the final months of 2005, when singer/guitarist Martin Johnson — formerly of short-lived Massachusetts act The Drive — wrote a handful of songs he wanted to record. He recruited bassist Bryan Donahue and drummer John Keefe, both of whom had been in bands of different setups with the frontman, most notably in the pop punk band Lancaster. Keefe brought along lead guitarist Paul DiGiovanni, whom he had recorded a brief demo with, to complete the line-up. Oddly enough, the two learned that they were distant cousins several months later. The quartet soon opened a PureVolume account to showcase their music, and uploaded a rough demo of "The Great Escape" and an acoustic rendition of "Thunder". By the end of the year, the group had landed the #1 spot on the website's Top Unsigned Artists chart.

The buzz around the band was overheard by both booking agent Matt Galle and record producer Matt Squire, who contacted the band about a future collaboration. With their support, Boys Like Girls embarked on their first nationwide tour with A Thorn for Every Heart, Hit the Lights and Keating in late February of 2006. Following the month-long venture, the group immediately entered the recording studio with Squire to record their debut album for Columbia Records/Red Ink. During their time in the studio Squire introduced the band to another of his alumni, Cute Is What We Aim For, who offered Boys Like Girls an opening slot on their upcoming headlining tour. Once the album was recorded, Boys Like Girls played back-to-back tours, including the Cute Is What We Aim For tour in June, as well as a two week stint with Butch Walker in late July. In between tours the band filmed their first music video for their album's lead single, "Hero/Heroine", directed by Mark Serao and Chris Vaglio of Grey Sky Films.

On August 22, 2006, the eponymous Boys Like Girls hit record store shelves. As of April 2007, the album has sold over 200,000 copies within the United States. While, as the title might suggest, songs about boys liking girls clearly prevail on the album, Johnson threw in the occasional escape from the pre-, mid-, or post-relationship formula, and touched upon themes such as his mother's battle with cancer, leaving home and precocious adolescents. Concerning the latter, he discussed the motivation behind the song "Dance Hall Drug":

"So many kids are growing up too fast. 13 year olds are giving each other hand jobs in the back of the bus, 14 year olds are already drinking and partying, and kids spend more time worried about growing up and being cool than they do actually growing up and being a kid."

In the light of the album's release, Boys Like Girls completed their first headlining tour, supported by Permanent Me and Scenes from a Movie in August and September, before heading out on an East coast tour, opening for Lostprophets and Eighteen Visions throughout October 2006. The remainder of the year was spent playing first on a five-band bill with Spitalfield, Punchline, Over It, and Valencia, as well as on the Tournado Tour, where they shared the stage with The All-American Rejects, Motion City Soundtrack, and The Format.

The year 2007 started out with a short headlining run with Self Against City, after which the group joined Cobra Starship supporting a two-month Cartel tour beginning in February. In between releasing their album's second single, "The Great Escape" (reaching #24 on the Pop 100), performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live on February 22, 2007, and eventually charting the Billboard 200 for the first time in April 2007, Boys Like Girls played their first international concerts during the Canada leg of a North America tour with hellogoodbye and the UK festival Give It A Name 2007. In mid-2007, the band played the annual Vans Warped Tour for the first time. On July 31, 2007 the band reached the #1 spot on the MTV show Total Request Live. They also announced that they will be playing five shows in Japan come September and that they will then do a U.S. headlining tour with All Time Low, theAUDITION and We the Kings.

Stylistically, the self-proclaimed emo band lists its musical influences as a variety of contemporary emo and pop punk bands, such as Jimmy Eat World, The Academy Is... and Dashboard Confessional. While these tendencies are clearly audible in guitarwork and drumming, punk rock influences are far less obvious as far as vocal patterns and lyricism are concerned. Given Johnson's characteristic tenor vocal melodies — which are, thanks to sporadically placed falsettos, at times reminiscent of Tyson Ritter's (of The All-American Rejects fame) — the band's all-around sound is geared to late '90s alternative radio rock, along the lines of Vertical Horizon and Eve 6.

In comparison with the majority of their peers, Boys Like Girls has a more radio-friendly pop rock sound. Hence, Boys Like Girls has been labeled "an album full of hit singles"[11] or "the soundtrack to summer", emphasising the up-and-coming quartet's potential to write mainstream compatible tunes. Other reviewers considered "a watered-down copy of Jimmy Eat World" a more adequate description. In general, judgements ranged from predictable mediocrity to promising newcomer debut, though not necessarily in terms of longevity.

While the on-line community precipitately crowned Boys Like Girls "2006's Fall Out Boy" (in reference to the pop punk band's commercial success with 2005's From Under the Cork Tree), album sales were less convincing. Despite promotional front page features (such as Spin's "Artist of the Day" or the highly influential's "Featured Band" and "Absolute Exclusive: Album Leak"), Boys Like Girls scanned a mere 1,472 units within its first week of sales, thus failing to chart the Billboard 200. However, continuous touring and promoting helped gaining the record a #179 entry into the chart in April 2007, peaking at #55 in August 2007.

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Don't fall victim to the label | Reviewer: Blu | 2/12/13

Columbia isn't providing enough promotion for the band. YOu guys should definitely hire someone independently to push you into the mainstream radio market. I hear a bit of Metro Staion edge but with much more maturity. Don't fall victim to your label. There's a huge market for you in Britain and central Europe. You have great long term potential. The band is a really tight unit on tape. I'm looking forward to seeing what you push live at Universal Studios this weekend. Props to Spotify or I might have missed out on the band.

sexiest band ever !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! | Reviewer: trishelle | 10/31/10

Your songs are so awsome I love listening to them so much ..I wish I could see you at an AWSOME concert and go backstage ...Bryan Donahue ,And Martin Johnson Are so hot Paul and John are so I dont no cool!:D:D:D:D:D:D:D KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK AND NEVER STOP WRITING SONGS:D BY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am your total biggest fan | Reviewer: Madison | 10/28/10

Some people think your gay but i think your are sooooooooooo HOTTTTTTTTT.And I cant resist your singing it is so good or should I say rockin...My favorite band member is Martin Johnson,Bryan Donahue,And paul Digiovanni.I have tooooooo say but I love all of your songs ... I am your BIGGEST FAN IN THE UNIVERSE I WANT TO KISS ALL OF YOU BOYS OR HANDSOME MEN !!!!My sister millie loves Martin Johnson so I think I have more I really love all of you and im not joking either I seriously dooo...My favorite song is heels over head and love drunk well I have more but Ill menchoin that later soIll txt you sexy men later..BYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

stay gold | Reviewer: Trojan | 8/21/10

this world will never be what i expected, and u guys proved it. there is more than one aspect to love, and you guys captured them all. from totally obsessed with love, to the feelings of love, to heartbreak, and how to get out of an emotional rut. i have never ever seen a band that could bridge gaps and still kick major butt. stay gold and never ever give up. keep your friends close because (like the song says) they all will be waiting there with love to share and your heart will lead you home.

YOU GUYS ARE HOTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT | Reviewer: millie | 7/14/10

Hey Boys,Love your songs hope you keep it up...!!!Hey,Martin awsome singing and you look kinda like my friend John Bragd.My 2 FAVORITE BLG members are Bryan Donahue and Martin Johnson.Hope you don't QUIT singing cuz,you ROCK.

LOVEEEEE THEM SOOOOOO MUCHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! | Reviewer: jennafer | 7/14/10

I wanna see you guys so much i wanna get Brian Donahue's autograph soooooooooo BADDD!!! Thunder and heels over head are genius songs they are also myyyy favorite songs ever .... When i was 8 years old i heard 1 of your songs on the radio and i thought it was a genius .. So now I am a HUGE fan of your very coool band ...By guys you rock!!!!!!!!

Biggest Fan EVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! | Reviewer: Gina! | 7/12/10

I love there amazing,wonderful songs...I love Boys Like Girls So Freakin Much it makes me want to listen to there songs All Day!!! I love all of your amazing songs they really rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Oh, by the way I forgot to mention all of you guys are sooo hot...

the best | Reviewer: dee | 6/3/10

I would like to say I never heard of these guys but I heard this great song that I love its 2 are better than one. That song rocks..... gotta give the boys their credit they rock keep making great music..

You all rocks!!!!!!! | Reviewer: Huzzreen Effendy | 3/6/10

I luv tou guy,
your songs is great, some of my favourite were she,s got a boyfriend now, heels over head, the great escape, chemical collide, contagius and so much more.
But sadly in my country your band's album Love Drunk was sold out.
i felt terrible.

TRUE LOVE!!<3 | Reviewer: sofball | 2/18/10

O my god i freaking love you guys u guys ae so fraking hot i could bake cookies on u they would be so yummmy!!!!i dram about u guys ever night and look at your pictures that suround my bedroom!!=]i love u guys more than anything in world=]i will come and meet u guys that is my dream

hikaru | Reviewer: hikaru | 1/21/10

Hey martin! if ur reading this i just wanna say, i love u! now u probably get that a lot. ur song dance hall drug, love drunk, hero/heroine, and all of ur other songs rok out loud!!! If u came to my high school i would seriously like, die, or faint. or like be in shock, cuz u r so freakin' aw-sum!! well bye!! : ) <3<3<3

Heels Over Head | Reviewer: ~Nventrofblondmmnts~ | 3/27/08

u guys rock lol ur song Heels Over Head is my friend and my's theme song and my boyfriend and my's special song cause we always get into this huge "fight" (lol) over the title cause he keeps trying 2 make it Head Over Heels anyways you guys have some pretty freaking sweet songs and just keep writing!!! >:-) (my bf's symbol lol)

HUGE FAN | Reviewer: Kelsie | 3/16/08

oh my gosh! i love you guyss, you guys are the greatest band that was ever put together and yer my idols! i love all the music you have!! its amazing !!!! i love you Martin,Paul,Bryan,and John!!!! YOUR AMAZING♥

iloveblg | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/8/08

boys like girls are amazing.
i have every song they have ever sang on my ipod.
like the frou frou song Let Go.
yes i am totally in love.
going to see them april 26! =]
martin is gunna marry me
yes its amazing.

wooow | Reviewer: nikki | 2/4/08

this band is great.
by far there best song is thunder.
im doing my english project on it and its just absolutley great. in part of my project you needed to find the meaning of the song and it makes me cry because its so great.
this band is my favorite and i cant wait for the new album !
Keeeep up the good work !

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