Boys Like Girls
Boys Like Girls are the Monopoly winners in this year’s Best Music Poll: they went directly to Go and collected their $200 using their “Get Out of Jail Free” card to avoid the holding cells of Tuesday-night opening slots in local clubland. That is, they’re this year’s Click Five (albeit slightly more left of the dial musically). After forming in late 2005, singer/guitarist Martin Johnson and his crew used the Internet to advantage, parlaying a spot on PureVolume’s Top Unsigned Artist chart into opening slots on national tours by All-American Rejects, Cute Is What We Aim For, Hit the Lights, and Butch Walker. For more than a year, the band have been living out of suitcases in a grasp for stardom, barely having time to stop in town to do laundry.
Their highly polished, radio-friendly emo quickly found a major-label home, and their homonymous debut CD was released on Columbia/Red Ink last August and cracked the Billboard 200 this past April after the band were named Artist of the Year in the Spin.com readers’ poll. With clean production and pretty-boy image, the band have made pinup darlings of themselves in the lockers and bedroom walls of girls across the country. Musically, the pop hooks, big gleaming guitars, clean production by Matt Squire (Panic! At the Disco, Receiving End of Sirens), and emo sentiments have divided audiences into love-’em or hate-’em camps: screaming teenaged girls versus old club-dog bands who can’t get arrested in the first place.
— Jeff Breeze
by MATT ASHARE