Boy Kill Boy

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Boy Kill Boy
Boy Kill Boy playing live in Birmingham, 2008
Boy Kill Boy playing live in Birmingham, 2008
Background information
OriginLeytonstone, London, England
GenresAlternative rock, indie rock, post-punk revival
Years active2004–2008, 2016
LabelsVertigo, Island
MembersChris Peck
Kev Chase
Shaz Mahmood
Pete Carr

Boy Kill Boy were an English rock band based in Leytonstone, East London. The band produced two studio albums and six singles before splitting in 2008. Their highest charting single was "Suzie", which reached #17 in the UK singles chart in 2006.


Before forming Boy Kill Boy, Chris Peck, Pete Carr and Shaz Mahmood were in a band called Future of Junior and produced a few songs including a track 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. Their second single followed later that year through Fallout Records, a subsidiary of Island Records. "Civil Sin" was featured as 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. Their debut album Civilian was released in the UK on 22 May 2006 and entered the UK Albums 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 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 "Suzie", was US iTunes Single of The Week in March 2006,[6] this was followed with a US tour supporting The Charlatans and Echo & the Bunnymen.

Boy Kill Boy opened the Radio 1 / NME stage at Reading and 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]

In 2006 the band performed a cover of Nelly Furtado's "Maneater" for BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge.[12]

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,[13] was released on 31 March 2008. However, the album failed to repeat the success of their debut, and rumours of a split began surfacing. On 12 October 2008, Boy Kill Boy confirmed this via an announcement on their MySpace site.

Singer Chris Peck subsequently 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 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


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  3. ^ "Music Charts, Most Popular Music, Music by Genre & Top Music Charts". Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  4. ^ "NME New Music Tour 2005 Inspired By Rizla : Leeds/Nottingham - Live Reviews". 3 June 2005. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  5. ^ "NME New Music Tour: Line-up revealed | News". 14 March 2006. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  6. ^ "Boy Kill Boy Invade US: 'Suzie' Is iTunes Single Of The Week | News @". 15 May 2006. Archived from the original on 2 November 2007. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  7. ^ "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". 27 June 2006. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  10. ^ "Feeder Play For". War Child. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  11. ^ "BOY KILL BOY announce War Child Single | rock". Retrieved 6 February 2011.[dead link]
  12. ^ "Boy Kill Boy – Maneater (Live Lounge) – Listening & stats at". 11 February 2009. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  13. ^ Gourlay, Dom (26 March 2008). "Boy Kill Boy - Stars And The Sea / Releases / Releases // Drowned In Sound". Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  14. ^ "Niet compatibele browser". Facebook. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  15. ^ "'Riversong' CHRIS PECK". YouTube. Archived from the original on 22 December 2021. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  16. ^ "Peter Carr". 15 March 2015. Archived from the original on 15 March 2015. Retrieved 2 March 2020.
  17. ^ "Boy Kill Boy reunite for one-off gig eight years after splitting". 12 September 2016. Archived from the original on 10 May 2018. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 October 2016. Retrieved 2016-10-10.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  19. ^ Peaks in Scotland:
  20. ^ "Boy Kill Boy - Billboard Heatseekers". Archived from the original on 19 October 2016. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  21. ^ "Boy Kill Boy - Music VF". MusicVF. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  22. ^ Peaks in Scotland:

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