It Boys! are:
Matt Cut (Vocals)
Duck Leary (Drums/Vocals)
Tommy Coops (Bass/Vocals)
Judah Leary (Guitar/Vocals)
Jeff Oster (Guitar/Vocals)
The second The Beatles “Love Me Do” came across the airwaves, hopping the pond from the UK to the US, the popular music landscape was forever changed. That song’s indelible pop hooks, combined with the mop-topped good looks of the Fab Four, created the blueprint for the boy band that has remained to this day. At times going out of fashion but never quite going away all, the boy band is once again poised to make a big splash in the early 2010’s with the success of artists like One Direction and The Wanted. With good looks and big hooks, LA’s It Boys! are destined to become that ‘next big thing’ .
Formed in Southern California in 2010 through a series of chance meeting and friends of friends, the band – Matt Cut on Vocals, Tommy Coops on bass, brothers Judah and Duck Leary, formerly of the band Drop Dead Gorgeous, on guitar and drums/vocals respectively and Jeff Oster on guitar – quickly grew a following via tours with Jeffree Star, Dev and a spot on 2010’s Vans Warped Tour. Eager to capitalize on their good fortune, It Boys! immediately took to writing the songs that would eventually become their debut album for Hollywood Waste Records, Introduction. “The primary songwriters for the group are Matt and Duck and I,” explains bassist Coops. “ We will usually go in with a concept or idea for a top line or hook and take it from there. We really pride ourselves in being able to write the best pop songs we can.” The ideas are then fleshed out with the help of producer who hone any rough edges and put a shiny pop sheen on the tracks. “It allowed the CD to have a very cool flow about it and allows the listener to go on a ride rather than being bored after the first 4 songs. The great thing is that we have a huge input in the writing process so it still sounds like us, but every writer or producer brought a little different twist to our signature sound,” explains Coops.
The result is an album of irresistible bliss, undeniable hooks and throbbing electro-beats. The first single from the album, the tongue-in-cheek “Guys Don’t Like Me” and its accompanying video, caught the attention of MTV, Sirius Hits and a who’s who of the TMZ crowd, with notables such as Miley Cyrus, Pete Wentz, Holly Madison, Ryan Sheckler, and Joel and Benji Madden of Good Charlotte all professing their love of the track. It’s standout tracks like “Start the Party” and “Rooftops” though, that show the band in all of its hook-laden glory, with songs that build and build to an almost sublimely sweet crescendo. “Shy”, featuring Cassadee Pope of Hey Monday, is a tale of the frustrations of love at first sight, while “Right One” hits on that moment when you realize that love has taken hold of your heart. Every track is a party unto itself, a celebration of living life, being young, falling in and out of love and those crazy nights that bring a smile to our faces. “Music nowadays is generally so negative,” explains lead singer Cut, “When we started writing Introduction we knew we wanted to have something that you could just turn on and forget all your problems for 40 minutes. Music can make or break your day and we definitely wanted to be the make and not the break.”