Boy Kill Boy - Civilian

dealing in soaring choruses reminiscent of Ultravox and Duran Duran with melodies to satisfy any ringtone junkie

Album Review by Malky B | 15 Jun 2006
  • Civilian
Album title: Civilian
Artist: Boy Kill Boy
Label: Vertigo
With indie kids learning last summer that having soul didn't mean you had to join the armed forces, they have been saving their pocket money for eyeliner and pouting a little more in anticipation of Boy Kill Boy's debut LP. Having given warning last year with releases on Fierce Panda, they have slowly educated the scenesters to their synth-pop-punk stylings, dealing in soaring choruses reminiscent of Ultravox and Duran Duran with melodies to satisfy any ringtone junkie. From front to back, 'Civilian' has a tinge of the epic with ravenous synth and cut-throat guitars. Perhaps they are too close musically to the sound of The Killers, but it is clear that 'Civilian' is an adrenaline-charged work that grants the listener instant gratification. With the headline slot on the NME new bands tour and their live performances verging on the incendiary, this could be part of this year's festival soundtrack. [Malky B]
Civilian' is out on May 22. http://www.boykillboy.com