Boy Hits Car was started in 1993 with a simple idea—to write and perform ‘passionately heavy music’ infused with a world beat/middle eastern flavor.
Based out of northwest Los Angeles, the band spent the first few years perfecting their sound while playing both local and regional shows. In 1995, a Baltimore based independent label booked Boy Hits Car on their first national tour—six weeks straight performing nearly every night—an experience that proved challenging yet absolutely addictive. During this time the band decided that no matter what the cost, they would try to make a lifestyle out of performing their music—music they eventually dubbed ‘Lovecore’. BHC continued to write, record and tour until 1997 when they landed a deal with a Texas based independent label.
They recorded their first full length CD—’My Animal’ which was released and distributed in 1998 through NMG music. Unfortunately after only a few weeks, they lost their distribution deal but the band pressed on undeterred. Armed with a strong new record and the help of new management (BAM) and their faithful lawyer Ian Montone, Boy Hits Car finally found themselves in a position of doing multiple showcases on both coasts and being wined & dined by some of the biggest record labels around (Warner Bros.,Cherry/Universal, Dreamworks, Arista), they eventually signed with Wind-Up Records. While continuing to write and gig throughout 2000, the band landed a slot on the Sno-Core tour with System of a Down and Incubus as well as a number of summer dates with Papa Roach. Then in August of 2000 BHC set out for Vancouver to record their second full length CD—the ‘Self-Titled’ album, which was released in January 2001.
Their first single ‘I’m a Cloud’ gained quick rotation on many modern and active rock radio stations. The band hit the road again, this time supporting Fear Factory and Kittie on the ’01 Sno-Core tour. They remained on the road for most of the year, playing national radio gigs, supporting Stone Temple Pilots throughout Europe and performing main stage slots on most of the major European festivals (Reading/Leeds, Lowlands, Puklepop, Bizarre, Highfield, Rock Am Ring/Rock Am Park to name a few). In 2002, the band was back in Los Angeles to begin writing material for their third CD—’The Passage’. During this time they parted ways with Wind-Up and decided to release the record independently.
After sending it to the bands radio champions, BHC was invited to perform at one of central New York’s biggest and well known radio festivals—the KROCK-A-Thon. They ended up stealing the show and their performance there is now somewhat infamous due to front man Craig Rondells historic stage dive into the audience from nearly seventy feet above. They were also asked to play EDGEfest in Arizona and then invited to perform to the peacekeeping forces in the Balkans. After returning home, they learned their first single from the Passage entitled ‘Escape the World’ had been added to Atlanta’s 105.3 The Buzz (currently Project 96.1) and became the second most requested song by January ’06.
Although the band was achieving good things on their own, they longed to have a solid team backing them. Later that year, the band was once again doing dates on the Sno-Core tour, supporting Seether and Shinedown and then landing a main support slot on two different tours with Flyleaf. They spent the remainder of ’06 and the first half of ’07 writing new material and playing shows in and around Southern California as well as some festival dates in England. The band finished off the year with a two week tour in the north east, three straight weeks of dates in the UK/Scotland, and a massive New Year’s Eve gig at the Masquerade in Atlanta.
Since 2008 Boy Hits Car has continued to tour the US and Germany while working on their 4th album, Stealing Fire which was released in 2011. It is quite possibly the bands most compelling work to date. A month long tour in Germany/Austria followed the release as the band landed a licensing deal in Germany, Austria and Switzerland through Swell Creek records(Soul food). Since the release BHC has teamed up with 3Thirteen booking agency and been touring in support of Stealing Fire with a 5 week headlining US tour in 2012 and 3 1/2 months on the road in 2013(US dates) supporting Taproot and Smile Empty Soul. Upon returning home to finish the 5th studio album a one off radio festival was offered and the boys were off to CNY to support Drowning Pool at a Krock(100.9-106.5) event with added dates. With their 5th album coming together nicely Boy Hits Car is planning for a 2014 release date while upcoming tours for late 2013/2014 in the US and Europe are in the works. Come and join the ‘LoveCore’ and see for yourself what BHC is all about….let’s get connected!
Cregg Rondell – Vocals
Mike Bartak – Guitar
Bill Gower – Bass
My Animal – 1998
Boy Hits Car – 2001
The Passage – 2005
Stealing Fire – 2011
All that led us here – 2014
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