The Boys & I Hit The Road With White Hot

The Kitchener rockers' latest single is about (what else?) trying to impress a girl.


The Boys & I play carpool karaoke for the new video to their single White Hot — showcasing today on Tinnitist.

As the first riff of White Hot hits with a wallop, it’s immediately apparent that this Kitchener four-piece mean big rock business. Then, when lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist James Blacktop digs into “You’ve got the passion, you’ve got the fire”, it’s signed, sealed, and delivered. What’s this song about? What a lot of fast and furious rock songs are about — and rightfully so.

“It’s always about a girl, isn’t it?” muses Blacktop. “Though there is the odd short story with a melody, the vast majority of our songs come from my hardships, insecurities, triumphs, and well… trying to impress a girl.”

White Hot is the attention-grabbing lead single from a five-song debut due in spring 2022. Recorded last fall at Ontario’s Chalet Studio — where the band could soak up the ambiance left there by Rush, Crown Lands and Platinum Blonde, to name a few — the all-original EP pulls from a sizeable self-written cache of songs.

“Two of the songs were co-written with lead guitarist Marc Reilly,” explains Blacktop. “Two of the other songs, however, got their beginnings lyrically as far back as 2008 and 2009. With around 30 original songs we rotate through during live shows, we got to pick the best of the best from our repertoire.”

In addition to Blacktop and Reilly, the other boys in this powerhouse band are bassist Adom Postma and drummer Nathan Bonassin. In September 2020, they released their debut single That Ain’t Me Anymore, which has racked up well over 50,000+ streams to date and received regular airplay on various local and college radio stations. The group made the shortlist of nominees for Best Local Band in both 2020 and 2021 on The Record’s Reader’s Choice Awards.

Watch the video for White Hot above, listen to the track below, and meet The Boys & I at their website, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.