Boys Night Out (band)
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|Boys Night Out|
|Origin||Burlington, Ontario, Canada|
|Genres||Emo, post-hardcore, screamo, pop punk|
|Years active||2001 - 2007|
|Labels||One Day Savior, Ferret|
|Associated acts||The Receiving End of Sirens, fordirelifesake, Isles & Glaciers, Hard Calibers, The Fullblast|
Jeff Tarbender Davis
|Past members||Kara Dupuy
The band formed in 2001 when lead vocalist Connor Lovat-Fraser and current guitarist Jeff Davis started collaborating on songs. The work eventually led to the four-song You Are My Canvas demo, an EP influenced by fellow Burlington hardcore act Grade. Following the release of this demo, the band signed to One Day Savior Records and subsequently released the Broken Bones & Bloody Kisses EP.
Interest in the band was immediate, and a short while later they signed to New Jersey-based Ferret Records. Their debut full-length album, 2003's Make Yourself Sick, was a shock to some fans. It was much lighter and pop-punk-oriented, but with the same heavy screaming and guitars found on earlier releases. The band toured heavily in support of the record with acts such as My Chemical Romance, Catch 22, Saves the Day, and a stint on the Warped Tour circuit. Boys Night Out also was featured in the Nintendo Fusion Tour with Fall Out Boy, Motion City Soundtrack, The Starting Line, and Panic! at the Disco.
The band's next effort, 2005's Trainwreck, is a somewhat more subdued, experimental concept album based on a man's loss of sanity. Trainwreck opens with a doctor dictating his notes into a tape recorder. The album chronicles the arrest, trial, treatment and subsequent release of a man who, in a waking dream, murders his wife and then cuts both his hands off with a machine at his work so that he can not kill again. Kara Dupuy's vocals act as the deceased wife's voice heard by the patient throughout the album.
The band released their third album, Boys Night Out, on June 26, 2007. The first single from the album is "Up with Me".
Boys Night Out played their first show in two years at the Opera House in Toronto using the original five members, on 24 October 2009. The band played both Broken Bones And Bloody Kisses and Make Yourself Sick in their entirety.
Connor posted the following regarding the band's status on the Boys Night Out Facebook group:
"No breakup. No lost members. No getting dropped. We're just taking it easy for a while. Once we finished our contract with Ferret we opted to leave the label. We've been touring non-stop for the past few years and we're all feeling the wear and tear of constant life on the road. We started this band as a means of escape from everyday life...this is a return to that frame of mind. Easy like Sunday morning. It's pretty refreshing to just sit back and write songs without pressure from all sides telling you that there HAS to be a new record on day x. Before we release another full-length we're going to take our time to make sure that it's as wickedly radical and gnarly as it can possibly be. So, yeah...that's the gist of it. You won't be seeing us playing a whole lot of shows in the coming months - and we definitely won't be playing extended tours - but we're still alive and kickin'."
In 2009, Lovat-Fraser and Davis joined producer Scott Komer to form a band called Hard Calibers. The main purpose of the band was to record a version of ESRT Page 14 by Justin Veatch of the Ivoryton Piano Factory. The song is featured on a compilation album of music by Veatch, who died in 2008 at the age of 17.
Recently Connor has been working with local acts such as the punk band 'The Eff Holes', and Electro-Pop group 'Crazy Diamond' featuring Regan and Matt Davis.
The band's song "I Got Punched in the Nose for Sticking My Face in Other Peoples Business" was used on the last episode of an anime titled Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad.
As of early 2013 the band has still yet to make an official announcement on its split, but lead singer Lovat-fraser had this to say about the band's future, "I'm sorry to say it, but I can't really see BNO getting back together for any shows. It seems that everyone is getting back together for reunion shows these days, but sadly, I don't think BNO will be counted among them."
In March 2013 fans were completely (but cautiously) shocked and enthralled when Boys Night Out's Twitter account posted the following in regards to a new album: "Just finished recording the new full-length. Sounds like shit.". Fans were overly excited, until two days later the band followed up by revealing their previous statement wasn't a reality, but finally provided fans with some closure on the band's end. They tweeted the following: "There is no new album, but if we recorded one right now it would absolutely sound like shit.". The former band's Twitter page description also states they are no longer a band though they still used the account from time to time.
June 2014, Ferret Records' Wikipedia has Boys Night Out's current status changed from "indefinite hiatus" to just "hiatus" suggesting that there may be some band activity in the near future.
In early 2006, Kara Dupuy left Boys Night Out. As seen on the live show footage of Dude, You Need to Stop Dancing, she had recently become engaged and chose to pursue a new life off the road.
In March, 2006, Andy Lewis, left his former band, The Fullblast, to join Boys Night Out on guitar.
In late 2006, Brian Southall left the band to join The Receiving End of Sirens. He was replaced with Ben Arseneau, the original drummer.
- Connor Lovat-Fraser – lead vocals, keys, programming
- Jeff Tarbender Davis – guitars, backing vocals
- Dave Costa – bass, backing vocals
- Ben Arseneau – drums, percussion
- Andy Lewis – guitars, backing vocals
- Kara Dupuy – keyboards
- Rob Pasalic – guitar, vocals
- Shawn Butchart – guitar
- Brian Southall – drums
- Chris Danner – drums
- Adam Kingsbury – drums
- You Are My Canvas (Independent, 2001)
- Broken Bones and Bloody Kisses (One Day Savior, 2002) (Additionally released on vinyl, limited to 300 copies.)
- Fifty Million People Can't Be Wrong (Ferret, 2007)
- First Demo (Independent, 2000) - Early version of "Sketch Artist Composite" (3:27) and "Anatomy of the Journey" (2:21). May be digital only.
- "I Got Punched in the Nose for Sticking My Face in Other Peoples Business" (Make Yourself Sick, 2003)
- "Medicating" (Trainwreck, 2005)
- "Up With Me" (Boys Night Out, 2007)
- Dude, You Need to Stop Dancing (Ferret, 2006)
- Dead and Dreaming: An Indie Tribute to Counting Crows (Victory, 2004) - "Walkaways"
- Skate & Surf Fest Vol. 1 (High Roller Studios, 2005) – "I Got Punched In The Nose For Sticking My Face In Other People's Business" (live video)
- Progression Through Aggression Vol. 2 (Ferret, 2005) – "Composing"
- Take Action! Volume 4 (Sub City Records, 2004) – "Medicating"
- Vans Warped Tour 2005 (SideOneDummy Records, 2005) – "Composing"
- http://myspace.com/hardcalibersmusic Hard Calibers MySpace page
- http://www.boysnightout.com Boys Night Out official website
- http://www.thejustinveatchfund.org The Justin Veatch Fund
- Boys Night Out on Myspace
- Ferret Records official website
- Trash the Stage interview with Jeff Tarbender Davis
- REDEFINE Magazine interview with Jeff Davis
- Boys Night Out on MTV Overdrive