Our favorite pop-rock band BOYS LIKE GIRLS are back with a new album and a supporting tour, selling out their show at NYC’s Hammerstein Ballroom (October 27, 2023). The “Speaking Our Language Tour” presented by Emo Nite is stacked with three opening acts (LOLO, The Summer Set, State Champs) and is almost done with its 30-date run, ending on November 1st in Raleigh, NC.
After an 11-year hiatus, BOYS LIKE GIRLS are ready to celebrate their return and did exactly that at their New York City show. The Boston band of Martin Johnson (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), John Keefe (percussion), Gregory James (bass), and Jamel Hawke (guitar) released the album SUNDAY AT FOXWOODS on October 20th and opened their set with the title track.
The band knows how to get the crowd moving and had fluid song changes as they launched into their hit “Love Drunk” the title track from the bands 2009 sophomore album, followed by “Five Minutes to Midnight” from their debut album Boys Like Girls. Fans who had waited over a decade to see the four-piece were jumping for joy and screaming their lungs out as the bands set continued with tracks from throughout their career. Those same fans were in for a treat, as the band played 30 songs spanning an hour and a half and as Martin said to the crowd early in the show “that means we’ll be playing all your favorites;” and indeed they did.
BOYS LIKE GIRLS played songs from all four of their studio albums – from “Dance Hall Drug,” “Heels Over Head,” and “Up Against the Wall” from 2006’s Boys Like Girls onto “She’s Got a Boyfriend Now” and “Heart Heart Heartbreak” from 2009’s Love Drunk. They didn’t forget about 2012’s Crazy World with “The First Time” and “Stuck in the Middle” while also incorporating their latest tracks “LANGUAGE,” “MIRACLE,” and “CRY” from SUNDAY AT FOXWOODS.
The bands energy never ceased, and they closed strong by bringing out Brian Logan Dales from The Summer Set and Derek DiScanio from State Champs to perform “THE OUTSIDE” before asking the crowd to get out their phones for their final song. With the crowds’ phones in the air ready to capture photos and videos, BOYS LIKE GIRLS launched into fan-favorite “The Great Escape.” After the first chorus, the band stopped the music and Martin asked the crowd if they could try that one more time, this time without any cellphones, taking it back to 2006 when the track was first released. The crowd happily obliged and screamed their lungs out for the final time that night.