Boy Kill Boy

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Boy Kill Boy
OriginLeytonstone, London, England
GenresAlternative rock, indie rock, post-punk revival
Years active2004–2008, 2016
LabelsVertigo, Island
Associated actsChris Peck
MembersChris Peck
Kev Chase
Shaz Mahmood
Pete Carr

Boy Kill Boy were an English rock band based in Leytonstone, East London. Perhaps best known for their highest charting single "Suzie", the band produced two studio albums and six singles before splitting in 2008.


Before forming Boy Kill Boy, Chris, Pete and Shaz were in Future of Junior and produced a few songs including a song called Miss Scandinavia.[1]. In May 2005, Boy Kill Boy released their debut single "Suzie" for record label Fierce Panda.[2] In the summer the band opened the Radio 1 stage on Sunday/Friday of the 2005 Reading and Leeds Festivals. The second single followed later in the year through Fallout Records, a subsidiary of Island Records. "Civil Sin" was featured in Zane Lowe's "Hottest Track In The World Today". In 2005, Boy Kill Boy signed to Vertigo records. In 2006, the single "Back Again" reached No. 26 in the UK Singles Chart, which earned them a slot on Top of the Pops, and the re-release of "Suzie" reached No. 17. The debut album Civilian was released in the UK on 22 May 2006 and entered the UK Album Chart at No. 16. The album was released in North America on 25 July 2006, where it reached No. 11 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart.[3]

In May 2005, the band stepped in to replace Nine Black Alps on the NME New Music Tour 2005 after the band's frontman Sam Forrest caught the mumps. Boy Kill Boy had only been billed to play one support slot on the whole tour but ended up playing numerous extra slots supporting Maxïmo Park, The Cribs[4] and The Rakes. They returned the following year as headliners for NME's New Bands Tour 2006,[5] supported by The Automatic, ¡Forward, Russia!, and The Long Blondes. Boy Kill Boy's most famous track, Suzie, was US iTunes Single of The Week in March 2006[6] and they followed this with a US tour supporting The Charlatans and Echo & the Bunnymen (Ian McCulloch's a big fan).

Boy Kill Boy opened the Radio 1 / NME stage at Reading / Leeds Festival in 2005,[7] and returned in 2006 to play higher up the bill.[8] In October 2006 the band played an extensive UK Headline tour.[9] On 7 November 2006, they supported Feeder for one of their dates in aid of War Child at the Camden Roundhouse.[10] This was also in conjunction with the "Shoot Me Down" single, released for the charity.[11]

The Fierce Panda release of "Suzie" appeared on the soundtrack of the street football video game FIFA Street 2, released in winter 2006 by Electronic Arts. "Civil Sin" appeared on the soundtrack to the FIFA 07 football video game. Also, their single "Back Again" appears in the Test Drive Unlimited videogame.

Boy Kill Boy recorded their second album in Los Angeles with Oasis producer Dave Sardy, and returned with the limited edition single "No Conversation" on 5 November 2007. The album, entitled Stars and the Sea,[12] was released on 31 March 2008. However, the album failed to come anywhere near or repeat the success of the debut, before rumours of a split began surfacing. On 12 October 2008, Boy Kill Boy confirmed this via their MySpace bulletin.

They also performed a cover of Nelly Furtado's "Maneater" for BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge.[13]

Singer Chris Peck has recently started a new project[14] and on 11 January 2011 posted a video clip on YouTube for a new song called "Riversong".[15] Peter Carr went on to play keyboards in singer-songwriter Marina and the Diamond's backing band.[16]

The band briefly reformed for two gigs in London at Oslo, Hackney, London on 19 November 2016 and 25 November 2016 [17]



Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Heat
2006 Civilian 16 15 11
  • UK: Silver
2008 Stars and the Sea
  • Release date: 31 March 2008
  • Label: Universal Music Group


Year Single Peak positions Album
2005 "Suzie / Last Of The Great" 130 Civilian
"Civil Sin"
2006 "Back Again" 26 30
"Suzie" (re-issue) 17 12
"Civil Sin" (re-issue) 44 36
"Shoot Me Down" 63 49
2007 "No Conversation" Stars and the Sea
2008 "Promises" 121 33
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


  1. ^ YouTube Archived 15 January 2016 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Fierce Panda". Fierce Panda. Retrieved 2011-02-06.
  3. ^ "Music Charts, Most Popular Music, Music by Genre & Top Music Charts". Retrieved 2011-02-06.
  4. ^ "NME New Music Tour 2005 Inspired By Rizla : Leeds/Nottingham - Live Reviews". Nme.Com. 2005-06-03. Retrieved 2011-02-06.
  5. ^ "NME New Music Tour: Line-up revealed | News". Nme.Com. 2006-03-14. Retrieved 2011-02-06.
  6. ^ 07/03/2006 - 03:45 am (15 May 2006). "Boy Kill Boy Invade US: 'Suzie' Is iTunes Single Of The Week | News @". Archived from the original on 2 November 2007. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  7. ^ Virtual Festivals: "Reading 2005 - NME/Radio 1 Stage Sunday - - Festival Reviews". Virtual Festivals. Archived from the original on 18 March 2009. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  8. ^ CultureDeluxe : "Reading Festival, 25-27 August 2006"
  9. ^ "New single and tour for Boy Kill Boy | News". Nme.Com. 2006-06-27. Retrieved 2011-02-06.
  10. ^ "Feeder Play For". War Child. Retrieved 2011-02-06.
  11. ^ "BOY KILL BOY announce War Child Single | rock". Retrieved 2011-02-06.[dead link]
  12. ^ Gourlay, Dom (2008-03-26). "Boy Kill Boy - Stars And The Sea / Releases / Releases // Drowned In Sound". Retrieved 2011-02-06.
  13. ^ billmcateer (2009-02-11). "Boy Kill Boy – Maneater (Live Lounge) – Listening & stats at". Retrieved 2011-02-06.
  14. ^ "Niet compatibele browser". Facebook. Retrieved 2011-02-06.
  15. ^ "'Riversong' CHRIS PECK". YouTube. Retrieved 2011-02-06.
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  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 October 2016. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  19. ^ Peaks in Scotland:
  20. ^ "Boy Kill Boy - Billboard Heatseekers".
  21. ^ "Boy Kill Boy - Music VF". MusicVF. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  22. ^ Peaks in Scotland:

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