genre: pop rock, rock, alternative rock
Martin Bennett Johnson; vocals, guitar
Paul Charles DiGiovanni; lead guitar, vocals
Bryan Francis Donahue; bass guitar, vocals
John Joseph Keefe; drums, percussion
musical style and influence:
- The Great Escape
- Five Minutes to Midnight
- On Top of the World
- Me, You and My Medication
- Up Against the Wall
- Dance Hall Drug
- Learning to Fall
- Heels Over Head
- Broken Man
Stylistically, the band lists its musical influences as a variety of contemporary pop punk bands, such as Jimmy Eat World, blink-182, Story of the Year, Relient K, The Academy Is..., Kelena, and Dashboard Confessional. While these tendencies are clearly audible in guitar work 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, due 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, Goo Goo Dolls, 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" or "the soundtrack to summer", emphasizing 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, judgments ranged from predictable mediocrity to promising newcomer debut, though not necessarily in terms of longevity. Their first album follows a much honest musical concept initiated by Sum 41 in their album "All Killer, No Filler". Though songs are similar in style, each one is uniquely its own and detailed in structure that produced melodic quality.
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