BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.

28 October 2014

BBC Homepage
»BBC Local
Things to do
People & Places
Religion & Ethics
Arts and Culture
BBC Introducing
TV & Radio

Sites near London

Beds Herts Bucks
Southern Counties

Related BBC Sites


Contact Us

Live Music

Boy Kill Boy
BKB: smart suits and indie-boy long hair

Review: Boy Kill Boy

24 January 2006 at Bar Academy
Formed out of the ashes of various groups, East London's Boy Kill Boy have been gaining ground with their incendiary performances at Reading and on tour with Hard-Fi. Tonight sees them playing a secret gig, watched by our reviewer Talia Kraines...

NME recently described Boy Kill Boy as "like The Smiths splitting half a disco biscuit with Hard-Fi in the Hacienda gents". 

This description, sent on a press release for their first major single release, made us scrunch our faces up and roll our eyes. Quite simply, we didn't expect this to be good.  

"The band's songs are filled with wilful over-the-top drama and passion... it all adds up to a winning combination..."
Talia Kraines

How wrong we were. From a first listen to the single Back Again, we were hooked. 

For starters, this sounded nothing like Hard-Fi and The Smiths comparison was pretty hard to find as well. Instead this was a mash of Muse, Placebo, Maximo Park and even a tiny smattering of Suede, forced together in a mad rush, bubbling to explosive heights.

dancefloor-filling potential

Chris Peck (vocals, guitar), Peter Carr (keyboards), Kevin Chase (bass) and Shaz (drums) hail from East London and have been touted as one of 2006's future successes. 

So it was with some glee that we received word of the band performing a secret(ish) gig at the tiny Bar Academy in Islington.

Strutting on stage in smart suits and classic indie-boy long hair, the four-piece immediately blasted off into THAT single Back Again, proving its instant indie dancefloor-filling potential over the coming months. 

Previous minor releases on the Fierce Panda label, Civil Sin and the infectious Suzie captivated the heaving crowd and cried out for a major re-release.  


Boy Kill Boy's Chris Peck
Boy Kill Boy's Chris Peck

BKB's songs are filled with wilful over-the-top drama and passion. Combine this with dangerously catchy riffs and Chris Peck's distinctive vocal tone, and you've got a winning combination.

No matter how much of a music fan you may be, you've probably been to one of those gigs where you only know one song and the rest of the time is spent looking forward to hearing the words "this is the last one we're gonna do."

With Boy Kill Boy, this simply didn't happen. Every song in their repertoire was captivating.

Now with Radio 1, XFM and the NME behind them, the band are surely set for bigger things. 

They play King's College, London on 27 February with the equally fantastic Apartment.   Go - you'll never see them in a venue this small again.


Apartment live review >
Boy Kill Boy >
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external websites
last updated: 08/02/06
Have Your Say
Agree or disagree? Write your own review of Boy Kill Boy by using the space below...
Your name: 
Your comment: 
The BBC reserves the right to edit comments submitted.

Boy Kill Boy sounds EXACTLY like the Smiths. What a rip off.

Totally in agreement. Though, I think the Smiths comparison is simply because of the tenor of Chris' voice. I got the single "Suzie" for free as a download, had a good listen, and bought the album. First band I've been excited about in years.

Go to the top of the page

BBC Arts

Articles and features about London people
Articles and features about London people

About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy