Gig Review: Boys Like Girls

Courtesy of Moon & Back, I headed off to G2 to see The Auteur, Out of Sight and Boys Like Girls.

It’s the first time I’ve been to G2. It’s not bad inside; quite small and intimate but the acoustics leave a little to be desired. I’m not sure if it was just tonight but the sound didn’t really impress me all that much.

Onto the bands… The first band, The Auteur, were not bad. They had the usual power chords and screeching vocals that most power pop/punk bands have going on. The vocals kind of reminded me of the demo You Me At Six stuff, where you couldn’t really understand what the hell the guy was singing, but you liked it anyway. The songs were catchy and the leading man had enough stage presence to get the crowd going; which is all that’s really needed in a support band. They did do a quite enjoyable cover of Katy Perry’s ‘Waking Up In Vegas’, though I found that some of their own songs seemed a bit repetitive. A bit like Scouting For Girls, where you can listen to the whole album through and realise it’s the same chords with slightly different lyrics.

The next band, Out of Sight, didn’t really hit a chord with me. Don’t get me wrong, they were good performers; they bounced about the stage and tried to keep the crowd singing and dancing which is definitely a plus –there’s nothing worse than a static band on stage. It was just something about the whole set up that didn’t move me personally; it could have been the three different vocalists? They also snuck in a cheeky wee cover of Black Eyed Peas ‘I’ve Gotta Feeling’ which had the crowd screaming along.

Onwards to the main event: Boys Like Girls. Compared to other times I’ve seen them the vocals weren’t great, I think he had a cold or something, but no one in the world can deny that these guys know how to put on a show. The banter and interaction with the crowd was top notch. Whether it was just having a little conversation, grabbing a camera for some up close and personal video footage or the random desecration of some poor girl’s rainbow coloured (and now fingerless) gloves; the lads put on a good show. A nice mixture of some of the tunes from the new album and the older stuff that everyone in the place knew word for word equals a nice and excited crowd. Add to that some stage diving, hanging from the ceiling and an invite for the crowd to swarm the stage at the last song meant a lot of happy Boys Like Girls fans are heading home as I write.

All in all, I’d probably give the gig about a 7/10. The support bands did their job, even if they weren’t standouts, and even though the vocals weren’t amazing throughout, BLG put on a pretty awesome show to make up for it. The major downfalls of the night for me personally were the fact that no one that swarmed the stage jumped into the crowd and that there was a truly terrible pit, but all of these are little more than personal grievances.

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