Boys Like Girls Discuss Why They Took Time Off Between Records

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Boys Like Girls (Courtesy Columbia Records)

Boys Like Girls (Courtesy Columbia Records)

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After taking a break for a few years the rock band Boy Like Girls are officially back on the scene. The boys have reemerged with their first new record since 2009’s Love Drunk and a tour in the Fall. One of their first shows back together was at Alice’s Summerthing in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park where frontman Martin Johnson talked about the hiatus and recording new material.

Johnson explained that the changing tides of music a few years ago was moving away from guitar driven rock and that it “was tough for a band like us.”

“We wrote a record. It didn’t really feel like Boys Like Girls. We threw it out.”

“It felt like we were trying to conform to what was going on the radio.” Johnson continued, “And that didn’t feel like the band and we felt like that was unfair to us and the people that loved the last two records.”

The frustration of throwing out a record lead the members to taking a hiatus (not a breakup) to work on side projects and for Johnson to move to Nashville and collaborate and experiment with other music.

“A year I came back with what would be the album Crazy World. It’s a different perspective on the band. I called the guys up and said ‘lets do this’.”

The band headed into Johnson’s home studio and spent the next 8 months crafting their upcoming third studio album.

Boy Like Girls new album Crazy World is scheduled to hit stores in Fall 2012. Stay update with the band at www.boyslikegirls.com.

Bradford Hornsby, Alice@97.3/San Francisco

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