CruCon Cruise Outlet Main Stage105.5 JYY PRESENTS
BOYS LIKE GIRLS / GYM CLASS HEROES
THE ACADEMY IS / THE VERONICAS / NEVER SHOUT NEVER
SECOND STAGE: STREAMLINE (4:00 PM)
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Doors Open: 4:00PM
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BOYS LIKE GIRLS
"I like to listen to music that makes me feel a certain way--either it reminds me of something important that happened or a certain time in my life," says Boys Like Girls frontman Martin Johnson. "If kids are feeling that way about our songs, I couldn't ask for anything more."
The Boston-area band -- which also includes John Keefe (drums), Bryan Donahue (bass) and Paul DiGiovanni (lead guitar) -- is paying that feeling forward by focusing on making lasting connections with its fans. It's clear from the first note of their self-titled debut disc, which kicks off with the youthful enthusiasm of "The Great Escape" and closes with the "what's next?" sentiment of ballad "Holiday." In between is emotionally-charged rock that isn't afraid to wear its heart on its sleeve, digs a good pop hook and certainly speaks volumes to anyone who has loved--and maybe got their heart bruised in the process.
However, it's the pure love of the fans that has gotten Boys Like Girls this far already. After years of playing in various bands throughout their high school days, John, Bryan and Martin solidified the BLG line-up with Paul (who, after joining the band, was discovered to be John's cousin). Then, like most smart bands, the guys posted some demos online. An early demo version of "The Great Escape" and acoustic spin on "Thunder" were the sparks that ignited a firestorm of attention on the band's MySpace and purevolume.com pages. By the end of 2005, the guys were topping the purevolume.com New Artists chart (and gathering thousands of MySpace friends).
Among those listening online were booking agent Matt Galle (Taking Back Sunday, My Chemical Romance) and producer Matt Squire (Panic! At The Disco) who felt that special something in Boys Like Girls' demos. They contacted the band about working together. Plans, and friendships, were made. The guys penned more music for their eventual debut disc and were invited to play on the national Pure Volume tour with A Thorn for Every Heart and Hit the Lights. It was an honor for the young band -- and the guys' first taste of their swelling fanbase.
"It was pretty amazing," recalls Johnson. "We didn't really know what to expect from just posting a couple of demos. But when we were able see the people on the other side of the computer in person, we saw that they were singing the words to our songs. It was incredible."
The band took that energy and headed into the studio with Matt Squire, and the Boys Like Girls sound started to gel.
"Matt puts a lot of heart into the music he works on, and he did with ours," says Johnson. "He is really amazing at bringing stuff to another level sonically, tweaking things in just the right spots to make it perfect."
Energetic, emotional and real, the album progresses through the lust-for-life urgency of "Five Minutes to Midnight," energetic love anthem "Hero/Heroine" to more intense pop ballads of "Learning to Fall" and "Broken Man."
To an active listener the album plays out with the ups and downs of a new relationship, charting the story of youth, love, adventure -- and the loss and heartbreak that is sometimes a byproduct of putting yourself on the line.
"You can hear a little story within the track listing," says Johnson. "It starts off with this song that's about moving on and getting out of town, 'The Great Escape,' and goes through to 'Holiday' which is about asking who I am and starting over. It's basically a couple of years in my life." After finishing the album, the band was hungry to get back to the fans, touring with Cute Is What We Aim For and then with Butch Walker. This time the experience had changed again--for both the band and audience.
"Now we are able to play the songs that we perfected in the studio. It really changed the experience for us. We knew these songs were the final, real deal so we are able to give them that extra flavor live. It's amazing," says Johnson who is always quick to bring it back to the faces in the crowd. "There's so much emotional connection to the music, from us and the fans that it doesn't get any better than playing live. It's like we're giving them a small part of us in a three minute, little compressed package." Boys Like Girls will continue to give their everything. The fans are already listening. Are you?
GYM CLASS HEROES
Upstate New York's Gym Class Heroes combine snappy guitar rhythms, booming bass lines, hypnotic beats and conscious, witty lyrics to create a self-described "indie/hip-hop" fusion. To boot, the quartet uses live instruments and musicians rather than looped samples and canned beats to make their distinct sound.
In 1997, drummer Matt, bassist Eric, guitarist Milo and MC Travis, formed at a high school party. Much of their early material would eventually be compiled into a series of EPs, which they sold out of backpacks and at local shows. In early 2002, the band decided to independently release a full length album ...For The Kids. The following summer, Travis was selected from MCs across the country to compete in the "Direct Effect MC Battle" at the MTV Beach House. In an overwhelming crowd response, Travis was decided the winner on MTV, earning him an appearance in the Styles P video "Daddy Get That Cash."
In April 2004, the band entered the studio and recorded their next LP The Papercut Chronicles. Laced with honesty and sincerity, the record captures the complexity of the group's members while displaying songwriting abilities beyond their years. The disc landed in the hands of Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz, and before long, Gym Class Heroes had a record deal on Wentz's Fueled by Ramen Records imprint, Decaydance.
Recently, Milo left the band amicably to continue his architecture studies. Enter Disashi, who was playing guitar and singing for a punk band called Earl's Garage. With a new guitarist in tow, the new incarnation of Gym Class Heroes continues to tour and has been handpicked for stints with Less Than Jake, Fall Out Boy, theSTART, Boys Night Out, Emery and Midtown. They've also secured opening slots on shows with Naughty By Nature, Mobb Deep, Blackalicious, Jurassic 5, Fat Joe, John Browns Body, Yakballz, Run-DMC and Cam'ron. The Papercut Chronicles was released in February 2005.
THE ACADEMY IS…
At one time or another every band reaches a turning point when they have to decide who they are and what direction they want to forge ahead with. Over the course of their past two records Almost Here and Santi, The Academy Is… have became one of the most creative acts in the pop- punk circuit—however not even the band’s most strident supporters would predict the evolution they’d undergo with their third album, Fast Times At Barrington High, a collection of songs takes its moniker from the high school that frontman William Beckett and bassist Adam T. Siska attended in the suburbs of Chicago and not only bookends the first chapter of the band’s history, but also looks toward the future. In other words, if the Academy were Almost Here three years ago, they’ve finally arrived.
“Recording [this album] was a really cool process because it was like the Replacements making Tim or Let It Be, where they went in and wrote the songs and recorded them in a week or two and it felt really spontaneous,” Siska explains when asked why the band decided to release Fast Times At Barrington High just over a year after their last disc. “A month or two after releasing Santi we already had a lot more to say, so I think all along we wanted to put out this record a lot faster,” he elaborates. “We wanted to go back to the sixties where if you had the songs in you, you wanted to get them out; I’d like say that we’ll be recording another record a year from now.”
Now that The Academy Is… have finally made the record that they want to make, all they can do is sit back and hope that people find the songs as inspiring as the band do. “It’s impossible to say what’s going to happen with the album, all we can say is that we love playing live and it doesn’t really matter what other people say, because at the end of the day it’s still going to be us playing songs—and if people like them that’s amazing and if they don’t, we’re used to that, too,” Beckett summarizes with a laugh. “All I can say is that I think it’s going to be hard to stop this train from moving.”