What separates a band from a boyband other than the fact that bands tend to make more sincere and awesome music? Instruments, writing abilities and of course only a tendency to sometimes dabble in pop elements.
But what about those who tread the thin line that is the genre often called pop rock? Occasionally, they lean towards the heavier side of the genre (always a plus) while others meld both sub-genres perfectly. And then there’re those who’re more influenced by their poppier counterparts and their song shines like the polished goodness of a certain One Direction track. That is the case for Before You Exit’s I Like That.
Multiple vocals and girls who are blind to what makes them beautiful? Sound familiar to anyone? We don’t need any more of THAT. But boys will be boys, be it bands or not bands, tending to be either spellbound by the beauty of femininity or just plain perplexed by it. Citing influences like Maroon 5 and Katy Perry, the ‘rock’ bit in pop/rock seems to very loosely used.
Fully synth-powered, scarce or even no guitar-work on the song that could easily pass as a Facebook commercial nearly got a disappointed sigh from me if not for the stumbling upon of that recording session with one Alex Gaskarth. The tunes that emanated from that particular video actually sounded legit and this is a band whose youngest member of the band who recently just turned 15 we’re talking about.
Perhaps my assessment of I Like That in particular is unfair, but with seemingly brimming musical talent in a pretty young band, it’d seem like a waste if Before You Exit took the route full of pop pitfalls and generally impact-less music. But it all boils down to the boys of course, and if they sincerely enjoy doing what they do, and making music the way they like it, who the hell am I stop them?
Listen to I Like That below!