|No, they don’t sound (or look) like a million bucks – after all this is the Billionaire Boys Club and their standards are somewhat loftier. BBC became a band last summer, but if they look familiar ya might have known them as Evelyn Forever a much talked about pop band out of the vibrant New Jersey alt scene. E4E had several successful releases and tours under that moniker, but all that’s ancient history and the Billionaires have their own definite identity. They may still know how to write catchy lyrics and these boys can harmonize with the best of ‘em, but if you think this is just a pop band, you’re mistaken – they rock, and they rock hard. Reef ‘s downright nasty licks on a song like “”Don’t Ya Wanna,” - cranked up and exploding through his Marshall by way of an equally nasty-looking and sparkly vintage Fender – serve as a calling card that this ain’t all sugar and spice. Singer-guitarist Mark Sanderlin shares the spotlight with Reef, while Matt Lewis and Leigh Nelson back it all up on drums and bass for a thundering bottom.
The BBC have a loud and avid following that made themselves known this night when the boys ran through songs like the above-mentioned “Don’t Ya Wanna” (a real crowd pleaser), “Quittin’ Drinking” and the show-stopping “Super OK.” They’ve got a recently released EP out that features all three of those songs along with “Good Girls.” The Billionaires have toured all over the country, recently returning from a West Coast sojourn (where they are picking up strong airplay), and have shared the bill with the likes of Fountains of Wayne, the Smithereens and Longwave.