It took Boston pop-rockers Boys Like Girls the better part of a year and nearly 80 songs before coming up with a sophomore album that the group, and particularly frontman Martin Johnson, was happy with.
“I had three records written and I wrote a whole new one and wasn’t satisfied yet,” says Johnson. “I wanted to really step up the bar and keep our current fans, but at the same time expand it so that we’re happy and we could maybe get some other age ranges happy, too.”
Johnson says the group “achieved farther than any of our dreams” on its gold-certified 2007 debut, which he says helped take the pressure off “Love Drunk,” which debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 after its early September release. Playing the new songs out, meanwhile, has further enforced his satisfaction with the project.
“I felt a lot of pressure at first, going into writing it,” Johnson acknowledges. “But now we’re out of the gates and touring it and seeing a response out here on the road, and I don’t feel any pressure at all. We toured for pretty much three straight years on (‘Boys Like Girls’), so it’s been really amazing to whip out some new tracks and see the crowd’s response.
“I feel like we put our best into (‘Love Drunk’). If people react, they react. If they don’t, we love the songs, and hopefully our fans will, too. No matter what, we’ll keep doing it, playing music. It’s what we do, y’know?”
Boys Like Girls, Cobra Starship, a Rocket to the Moon and VesaEmerge perform at 5 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 14) at Clutch Cargo’s, 65 E. Huron St., Pontiac. Tickets are $25. Call (248) 333-2362 or visit www.clutchcargos.com.
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