New kids on the rock

By FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  June 29, 2007

Live, their dedication to one another is crisper than their hair gel. The side room at the House of Blues isn’t even half full, but as Romans says to the shrieking crowd of about 150 teen girls (and a few eye-rolling boyfriends), “Just because you’re the smallest crowd we’ve ever played for doesn’t mean you’re not the loudest!” It’s an audience as forgiving of circumstances as the band are. “Kyle’s cute, and he’s a good singer,” said 16-year-old Corinne Saliba of nearby North Royalton. “He’s taller, too, so that’s, uh, useful.” It hardly matters that they play mostly new stuff padded with choice covers by Paul McCartney and Nick Lowe. Of the catchy new single, “Jenny,” 14-year-old Erin Folk from Westlake says, “I wish my name were Jenny.” She giggles, of course — what a clichéd thing to say! But her eyes say she knows I know it’s true.

THE CLICK FIVE | Prudential Center, 111 Huntington Avenue, Boston | July 12 at noon | Free | 617.747.8890

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