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Review: Boys Like Girls, 02 Academy Birmingham, 18-11-10

21st November 2010

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Pop-rockers Boys Like Girls have been likened to Blink 182 and Jimmy Eat World since their 2005 debut, so during their UK support dates it would be rude not to see if they fill such big boots.

Boys Like GirlsBoys Like Girls have already supported some of music's biggest names including Avril Lavigne and Fall Out Boy and this November saw them provide support for Welsh band, Kids In Glass Houses. As a self-confessed 'gig junkie' I had already seen BLG when they supported Fall Out Boy back in 2008, but was eager to see how far they'd come in two years.

Thursday 18th November was the time, and Birmingham's O2 Academy was the place. The venue has recently moved home from the cities Dale End site to a new location on the Horsefair (shame they didn't install heating though, I have never been so cold in my life!)

With the crowd chanting, and the 'stage-diving' boards triple-checked, Boys Like Girls bounded on to the stage, opening the show with Love Drunk, the title track from their latest album.

Boys Like Girls played through a handful of the tracks on Love Drunk including, She's Got A Boyfriend Now, and ballad Two Is Better Than One which is normally a duet with Taylor Swift. They also performed some of their back catalogue, including The Great Escape, Hero/Heroine and an acoustic version of Thunder.

Front man Martin Johnson is one of the most energetic lead singers I have ever seen live. He was constantly running around the stage, jumping on the stage-diving boards and jumping up and down. His enthusiasm was echoed by the crowd, who seemingly knew every word, so sang and jumped along.

To be honest, after their performance and the crowds reaction; you'd be forgiven for thinking you had just seen the main band and get ready to catch the last train home. They certainly made Kids In Glass Houses up their game despite having the typical 'bad sound' you get with the support bands.

Boys Like Girls promised they would be back next year with a new album, and hopefully they'll be the ones headlining, with their own support acts in tow they certainly had the showmanship.

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