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Music DVD Review: Boys Like Girls – Read Between the Line

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Boys Like Girls is a Boston-based rock-pop quartet. The group formed in the final months of 2005, when singer/guitarist Martin Johnson wrote a lot of songs that he wanted to record. He recruited bassist Bryan Donahue and drummer John Keefe. John Keefe brought in lead guitarist Paul DeGiovanni. They began posting on various music sites. They posted a demo of “The Great Escape” and a acoustic version of “Thunder”. With the help of Purevolume, MySpace, and Absolutepunk, Boys Like Girls landed themselves a record deal with Columbia Records/Red Ink.

Boys Like Girls rose to success with their self titled album release in 2006. That album featured such hits as “The Great Escape”, “Hero/Heroine” and “Thunder”. The album sold more than 600,000 copies in the United States alone. Now Columbia Records has released the bands first DVD, Read Between the Lines.

Read Between the Lines is a 100 plus minute DVD. It features 45 minutes of concert performances. The 10 songs were recorded live during the Soundtrack to Your Summer Tour. It also showcases candid band footage and interviews shot throughout the tour. The DVD traces the band’s career from the early days of eating Ramon Noodles and sleeping on the floor, to headlining their hometown arena just a few short years later.

Boys Like Girls gave Massachusetts an amazing show. The crowd was amped and so was the band. With every shout of “Come on Massachusetts”, the crowd would do just that. The crowd would be singing along and they would increase the “Boys Like Girls” chants. Martin’s vocals were strong. Bryan, John and Paul’s instruments were on point. The setlist was great. They performed the singles “The Great Escape”, “Hero/Heroine” and “Thunder”. The rest of the setlist included “Five Minutes to Midnight”, “ On Top of the World”, “Learning to Fall”, “Dance Hall Drug”, “Broken Man”, “Heel Over Head” and “Holiday”. So with the live performances, exclusive interviews, rare footage and a band photo gallery, Read Between the Lines is your all access pass to the boys of Boys Like Girls!

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