The long wait for their fans is over.
The group hailed as the next Jonas Brothers is coming to Manila for a caravan concert also featuring other upcoming international acts.
Before You Exit, composed of 19-year old Connor McDonough (lead guitar/vocals) and younger brothers Riley (bass/vocals) and Toby (keyboard/vocals), will perform live on Saturday, May 25 at the “Circuit Fest 2013 Music and Skate” at the Globe Circuit Event Grounds, Makati.
The Orlando-based pop rock act’s fan base has widened, thanks to its originals and covers, including its take on of One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” which earned more than seven million views since being posted last year.
The band’s single, “I Like That,” has reached the top spot of Manila’s local FM station RX 93.1 while its music video deeply penetrated MYX’s Top 20 international countdown.
In a one-on-one chat with Yahoo! Philippines OMG!, Connor showed how thrilled he is over performing live in the Philippines.
“We’re really excited to come over there and meet everyone,” he said.
The band’s latest EP with the same title as its biggest hit yet, is released in the Philippines by Astroplus and Astrovision.
Connor describes the kind of synergy that has been attracting fans especially on the Net.
“We all have our thing and work in categories by preference. I write vocal melodies while Riley writes lyrics, and then Toby helps with both. There are never fights because each of us can do our own thing and also contribute to each other.”
The group has released an EP twice — the first in 2009 via “A Short Story” and then in 2011 with “Letting Go.”
Best of friends
Connor is proud of the band’s brotherly bond and how it enhances their music.
“We’ve always been the best of friends and together we come up with melodies that stick and fit.”
Before You Exit’s official Facebook page reports that the band has around 40,000 Filipino fans. Small wonder its local fan club is called “Republic of Philippine Exiters” or R.O.P.E for short.
The singer-guitarist is happy to note that the band’s Filipino followers are helping broaden the group’s fan base even more.
The “percentage is so high over there,” he is happy to note.
The group, which covered a couple of Justin Bieber songs (the band’s version has a million and a half views on You Tube), promises to do some of its originals and “lots of covers, too.”
Orlando pop-rockers Before You Exit are not only taking over the world with their recent EP I Like That (we do too), but they’re currently on tour with adorbs “X Factor U.K.” finalist Olly Murs! And while tagging along on Olly’s “Right Place Right Time” tour, the boys did exactly what any wide-eyed new tourmates would do: They took pictures of their entire U.S. journey! Oh, and while we’re sure there were tons of fangirls losing their minds over Before You Exit (just like in Olly Murs’ tour diary), the boys neglected to include any crying close-ups in their tour photo album. Talented and modest?! PUH-LEEEZ.
The “Best Thing” singers took plenty of scenic shots as they traveled through cities such as Philadelphia, New York, and Toronto (where the boys received a Canadian flag from their north-of-the-border fans). And don’t worry if you’re thinking “I MISSED THEM? HOW COULD I BE SO FOOLISH?!?!?” The boys will be on tour all summer! But until then, you can get an up-close look at what life on the road is like for Before You Exit (including, but not limited to sold-out shows, adorable selfies, grabbing some Starbucks — you know, the usual rock star fare). Check out Before You Exit’s full tour photo gallery below!
Feeling hopeless? Has your cell phone been eerily silent? Are you still waiting for the Love of your Life to show up at your door on a big white horse, à la Richard Gere in Pretty Woman, to save you from your vanilla lifestyle? (Though you know this won’t happen because Love Like That hasn’t existed since the ‘90s.)
Wait no further. Before You Exit has entered the building.
The McDonough Brothers, Connor (19) on vocals, Riley (17) on guitar, and newest member Toby (15) on just about everything, want to give a new message to the music world: “Make a difference, Before You Exit” And boy, are they leading by example. The wisdom of their lyrics, the lightness of their harmonies, and the bright youth in their voices convey a new sense of Romance that our technological generation desperately needs. Their music has the power to inspire people to be themselves, as the band boldly states in their hit, I Like That, “You’ve got glasses on? I like that! … No makeup on? I like that!”
Connor McDonough says of Before You Exit’s music, “We want to send a positive message. We do it for the music and to make a difference in people’s lives, to be a good example.” The band is one of the youngest to be on the world-stage, yet they give healthier advice than artists who have seen it all: “Can’t find a mirror to see what I see in you/But I will follow you until you see it, too…I’ll be there when you don’t know what you should do/If your heart breaks, I’ll be there to fix it too.” How do they know all the right things to say to a girl? Connor relates, “Most of it is inspired from real life, or we’ll write songs that come from situations that we are thinking other people have been in. A lot of it is from personal experience.”
Their song, Three Days, in which Riley had three “perfect” days with a girl before she ends the relationship with him, laments America’s modern day dating habits, in which romance is thwarted by social media and fear of intimacy: “I was the one for a minute, two for a second/Three days later you told me to forget it…Thought it was love, we were in it, you said it was over.” Although the song acknowledges that finding love in this age can be difficult, “You just don’t know so you gotta go along for the ride.” Three Days encompasses one of Before You Exit’s strongest beliefs. In the words of Connor McDonough, “No matter what happens, keep pushing forward. Don’t give up, because if you do, you won’t get anywhere.”
Before You Exit is now on tour with Olly Murs, and has just announced that they will begin their summer tour in the United States and Canada at the end of May with Cody Simpson. Visit their website at www.beforeyouexit.com to see videos, check out concert dates, and read more about the band.
To make a difference with Before You Exit, join them also at the Pier Pressure Hurricane Relief Concert on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at Seaside Heights, NJ. For tickets: http://pierpressurenj.eventbrite.com/#