Formation and Influences On Boys Like Girls::
Boston resident and lead vocalist of Boys Like Girls, Martin Johnson, had been in several local bands and was well connected in the area’s music scene when he got the idea to form a new group in late 2005. Calling up several friends and fellow musicians, Boys Like Girls was born and the guys instantly began playing together and recording demos citing current hit-making bands such as Dashboard Confessional and Jimmy Eat World as acts of inspiration and influence.
- Martin Johnson - Vocals
- Bryan Donahue - Bass
- John Keefe - Drums
- Paul DiGiovanni - Lead Guitar
Instant Online Attention:
As soon as Boys Like Girls put together a few songs, they began posting demos on MySpace, as well as opening an account on PureVolume.com. In a month’s time, the band’s MySpace page had received thousands of hits and the pop-rockers were the top unsigned band on PureVolume. This immediate fanfare hardly went unnoticed by powerful people in the music industry such as producer Matt Squire (Panic! at the Disco, Cute Is What We Aim For) contacted Boys Like Girls in hopes of working on the quartet’s debut set.
Quote From Boys Like Girls’ Martin Johnson:
From an interview with For the Sound about using the Internet as promotion:
“Its crazy how fast the word spreads from sites like Purevolume, and Absolute Punk and MySpace and stuff, we’re really thankful that people have been checking us out.”
Touring And Breakthrough Success:
With the help of talent scout Matt Galle as well as Squire, Boys Like Girls were able to join the nationwide PureVolume sponsored tour in February and March 2006. Continuing to gain attention, Boys Like Girls were signed to Red Ink/ Columbia, and as soon as the touring ended they entered the studio with Matt Squire to record their self-titled debut.
After touring with Cute Is What We Aim For, Boys Like Girls hit record stores in late August 2006. Although the lead single “Hero/Heroin” was popular among fans, it was unable to gain serious radio traction. That would change, however, with the release of the second single “The Great Escape.” The track began climbing Top 40 playlists in late spring 2007 and eventually helped Boys Like Girls become one of the breakout acts of summer. “The Great Escape,” hit the top 10 of the pop singles chart and helped the album reach well into the upper half of the Billboard 200 albums tally. As of October 2007, the band was in the midst of a North American tour.