COED Interview: Boys Like Girls

Boys Like Girls used their explosion on the PureVolume“unsigned band” chart to land a major label record deal that has resulted in hundreds of thousands of records sold of their critically acclaimed self-titled album. Just two years ago, Boys Like Girls were playing small venues in the Boston area.  Today, they are gearing up to co-headline a five week national arena tour with Good Charlotte. On the verge of super-stardom, this quartet hasn’t forgotten their roots and the fans that helped them get to where they are today.

Check out our interview with Boys Like Girls’ lead guitarist Paul DiGiovanni after the jump!

COED: Tell me about the video you will be debuting on FN MTV?
Boys Like Girls: We’re going to debuting our new “Thunder” video, that we recorded about a month ago in LA, we’re really excited for. We saw the final version the other day, and we’re all just kind of freaking out about it. It sums up our lives individually, before the band started. It’s kind of a documentary of us hanging out with our friends, and we’re kind of going through stuff we did on the last day of summer, right before this band started and touring started. So it catches us staying up all night, driving around town, running out on the check, breaking into swimming pools, you know just hanging out with friends, doing fun summer stuff.

COED: So, this wasn’t created with archive footage correct?
BLG: No, it’s all new stuff, but there are actually a few friends in the video. When we were talking about doing the video, we sat down and said, “Let’s think of a bunch of things we did a few years ago when we were out of high school, write them up and see what the director wants to do with them. They are all pretty much real things that we’ve done, recreated.

COED: Have you had the chance to meet Pete Wentz before?
BLG: Yeah, we met him a couple of times in New York at our management offices, and the Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden. He’s a really nice guy.

COED: What do you think about the concept of the show?
BLG: I think it sounds really cool. It gives the power to the viewers and the kids. That’s what the music industry is turning into nowadays. Kind of like what we did. People put something online without a label, and if it’s good, the kids will listen to it, and tell all their friends, and the word of mouth will make it big leading labels to pick it up, at that point. This is how it is now, instead of a record label finding a new band and throwing them on the radio ad, shoving it down peoples throats. It’s going the other way now, which is really the way it should be.

COED: Has reality TV taken away from MTV’s core mantra, which is music?
BLG: That’s definitely taken over, and we are seeing less and less music videos. As time goes on I hope this changes things around a little bit to get more music videos into the daily rotation.

COED: How has PureVolume assisted your career, and what do you prefer now, MySpace or PureVolume?
BLG: PureVolume is the first thing we did, and is what got Boys Like Girls going in the first place. So it’s always going to hold a special place in our hearts. Before we anyone knew us, before we were established at all, we threw our stuff on PureVolume, and that’s is how our producer, manager, booking agent and everyone got a hold of us. So we are forever in debited to PureVolume. But that was before MySpace took off, but nowadays, MySpace is the way you gotta do it.

COED: At what point at your climb up the PureVolume chart did labels begin contacting you? And what was the emotion of the band at that time?
BLG: We really didn’t know what was going to happen when we initally put our demos online. After they had been on, kids were listening to them a lot, and we actually climbed up the unsigned bands chart for the amount of plays we had, and sat at #1 for two or three days. A few people in the industry heard it, and gave us a call. That was the point where we were like, “Alright, we know we want to do, and this is our chance to make it happen. So we’re never going to sit down and kick back, never going to take a breath. Lets just go completely forward, and see what happens.” And we’ve been working so hard ever since.

COED: I heard a story about Lily Allen: Before she became popular, she burned mixed CD’s featuring her favorite artists with a few of her songs mixed in, and hand drew one of a kind labels on each CD. Did you guys do anything unique to set yourself apart from the crowd while trying to make it big?
The big thing for us was communication with the fans. We threw our screen names and personal MySpace pages on the band’s MySpace page, so everyone could get in touch with us if they wanted, and talk to us if they needed to to ask questions and do all that. For 18 months to two years we were on there like crazy. It’s kind of tough now because we have more and more fans. It’s tough to keep up, but those first few years, that’s how we got our base.

COED: You’re going out with Good Charlotte for a 5 week tour. How are you prepping for this?
BLG: In our last headlining tour in the fall, we we’re doing 1,000 seater venues; they we’re a little smaller and we couldn’t do everything we wanted. But this time around, we have a huge stages with a much bigger light show, a huge backdrop and a bunch of new little surprises. We’re kind of at a point now where we have a lot of new material, and we’re thinking about debuting a new song on the tour to guage fan reaction, so it’s going to be everything we’ve ever wanted in a tour.

COED: Are you guys working on a follow up album?
BLG: For about a year, we’ve been writing and getting stuff going. And then few months ago, we started demoing and recording new songs, and Martin is writing a ton vocals for them all. We have about 30 songs and ideas to work with, and we’re get them as ready as we can until we head into the studio.

COED: Last question: Who is the sexiest woman in rock?
BLG: Its not rock, but we’re all pretty into Rhianna, and she’s looked pretty good.

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