The maturation process started in 2004, when Vasoli, a close-cropped bottle blond when his group debuted the previous year, let his hair grow out and revert to its natural color. The teenybopper throngs rejected the new style, provoking Vasoli's indignant retort at the band's website about "furious little girls that care more about my hair style than my music." In the same post, Vasoli defended the PG-13 single "Bedroom Talk," with its provocative refrain "I'm gonna tear your ass up like we just got married": "I'm 20, and I'm not going to write nursery rhymes."
Growing up isn't all flowing locks and sexual slang. The Starting Line's Based on a True Story includes brooding ballads, and the group now employs a piano player. The Screaming Is for Babies bill offers tough love for modern-rock melancholics.