Boyband brothers are boys-next-door

Boyband brothers are boys-next-door
(From left) Toby, Riley and Connor of American pop-rock trio

If the idea of a wholesome boyband sounds like a joke, then you have not met the brothers from American pop-rock trio Before You Exit.

Not for them the wild parties and womanising associated with misbehaving boybands like English-Irish group The Wanted. "We're just normal, average teenage boys who want to make a difference and are obviously hoping to influence other people to do the right thing," said lead vocalist Riley McDonough, 17.

Indeed, Riley and his brothers Connor, 19, and Toby, 15, blithely come across as boys-next-door when visiting Singapore for the first time last weekend to perform at The Color Run in Sentosa, a non- competitive running event where they were the only music act.

Recounting their 20-hour flight here from Orlando, Florida, where they are based, the boys demonstrated childhood-type games that involve tickling each other or making up alliterative names that they played on the plane. "He was definitely a 'Cranky Crab'," said vocalist and guitarist Connor with a laugh, taking a jibe at Toby.

Their parents joined them on the trip and their mother, an investment adviser, was keenly snapping away on her digital camera during Life!'s 15-minute interview with the boys at the W Hotel Sentosa Cove.

Before You Exit was formed in 2007 by Connor, Connor's church friend Braiden Wood, who is the guitarist, and classmate Thomas Silvers, who was roped in as drummer. Riley and Toby joined later.

The band is fronted by the three brothers. Wood, Silvers and bassist Chris Ganoudis perform only during live performances.The brothers have a YouTube channel and produce their own videos.

A cover of fellow boyband One Direction's hit song What Makes You Beautiful has garnered more than seven million views. "YouTube enables you to reach out to all these fans even if you hadn't toured in all these countries yet, which is great," said vocalist-guitarist Toby.

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