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Boys Night Out guitarist enjoys getting 'Warped'

By Katie Glueck and McClain Johnson

Knight Ridder Newspapers

While Boys Night Out was in Kansas City, Mo., for Warped Tour, Jeff Davis, guitarist, took some time to sit down and talk with us about the band's upcoming album, the roots of their band and the origins of their name.

Katie Glueck: How many times have you guys been on Warped Tour now?

Jeff Davis: The last year we did it for three weeks, and this is our first time doing the whole thing.

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KG: What do you think of it so far?

JD: It's hot! No, it's fun. It's hectic, and it's crazy, but it's a good time, and it's definitely the best exposure you could ask for.

KG: Really? So why would you say it's the best exposure, just because it's such a big tour?

JD: Yeah, you're playing with your own mass of bands, and sometimes tens of thousands of kids every day, and normally we'd never get the opportunity to listen to your band. Kids that only get to see the bands on MTV, and then they come to this big summer festival and they've never heard of us, and so we get this awesome opportunity to play for kids that would never hear us.

KG: How did you decide to call yourselves Boys Night Out?

JD: Originally we got the band name when I was 14 years old, it was a very different band back then, all different members. I think I was the only guy that was in the band from the guys that are in it now, and we got it from "Billy Madison," the Adam Sandler movie. There's a part in the movie where it says "boys night out" so that's where we got it, and then when we actually formed this real band a few years ago, me and Connor (Lovat-Fraser), the singer, just decided that's a really good name, and it makes sense for us, and it's memorable, and it's funny, so let's just go with it.

KG: Your new album, "Trainwreck," is coming out on July 26. What's your favorite song on it?

JD: My favorite song would be track 12, "Dying," the last song on the record.

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KG: Why?

JD: Just because it was one of the first songs we wrote for the record, and I really love the music for it, and then the vocals that come on it. It just came together really well, and I get to play a real guitar solo in it.

KG: What are you hoping people will take from this CD?

JD: The record tells a story, and people can enjoy it and get into the story and at the same time enjoy the music, and I just want people to come away from it and feel like they've listened to an album and not just a slew of songs mixed together.

KG: So what music are you guys listening to now?

JD: Led Zeppelin. That's pretty much all that's been going on in the bus.

McClain Johnson: Do you have a favorite Zep album?

JD: One.

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KG: So would you say that those bands are pretty big influences on you guys?

JD: I'd say Led Zeppelin is. Also Nirvana, maybe Guns N' Roses a little bit.

KG: What do you like best about being in Boys Night Out?

JD: Being able to play music for a living and play shows every night.

KG: What's the hardest thing about being a part of this band, specifically, or just of any band?

JD: The hardest thing is also the best thing: touring. It's the greatest thing in the world being able to play music every day, but it's also a really hard lifestyle to get adjusted to, and that's a hard thing to do, to be away from friends and loved ones.

Katie Glueck and McClain Johnson are teen writers for the Kansas City Star.

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