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.”
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