A few moments with Greg Hoy and The Boys
"One story from this latest tour of the east coast involves finding a replacement bass guitar after the first gig in New York. Guitar Centers are wonderful, ubiquitous places with lax return policies staffed full of whimsical, unique employees eager to help sell you a long term $80 warranty on an item that costs $20. And there’s a fine line between exciting and exhausting. Let’s just say we crossed it after the 7th or 8th store in the northeast.'
Infectious melodies fused with undeniable grooves, technical guitar solos from the Van Halen-esque guitarist Jon Reider and driving drums keeping the songs in shape, makes this EP one that every fan of 1980’s hair metal should listen to. Music tends to bring back memories of forgotten ages and this album can not only do that but can actually transport you back to 1983! Just remember to take your spandex and faux leather with you, because you might not want to come back!! I liked this EP a lot
- 'Demons at night' review at Metal Asylum
With a deep understanding of what it takes to make heads turn toward an artist, Hoy holds the secret to musical greatness, creating songs destined to be met with great success. "Jet Black, Get Back!" is full of classic rock n roll features, like heavy guitar riffs and driving drum backbeats. Still, with a catchy melody with the captivating powers of some of the best pop artistry, listeners do not need to be all-in rockers to enjoy this smashing single. Anyone hearing this song will feel a strong desire to sing and dance along with its tuneful melody. After all, that's what Hoy does best.
I always need some deadline or consistent schedule to write songs. In the case of the last LP ‘Cacophony’, I booked a week in the studio then went in the garage the weekend before the session with my suitcase kick drum, a pot of coffee, and a guitar. There was a writing burst in January when I began meditation practices. Sometimes, I need a theme. That can be knowing the players involved if it will be a full band session. Or sometimes, I get a new guitar and it has songs in it waiting to be written.
ESSENTIALLY POP Q&A
You can’t help but admire the chutzpah necessary to wrestle with such long-established standards. Greg Hoy doesn’t sound intimidated at all. Instead, he sounds galvanized by the challenge and lays down four twists on Neil Young’s vision that I can’t help but think the Canadian Hall of Famer would praise without restraint.
“Old Man and the Cinnamon Girl” shows off Greg Hoy’s soulfulness for he creates a world that feels so vivid and real.
'Part of why I enjoy recording songs mostly live in the studio is that once the ideal take is recorded, you’re mostly finished. It’s too easy with technology to keep doing version after version, take after take, fix after fix. My goal is always to get the freshest version of a song (even if it’s one – as it is in this case – that I’m re-recording)!'
Interview with SCOPE
Photo: Hi Dive Denver by Karson Hallaway
'If everything's going smoothly, I think my stage banter is pretty on point. I'm probably more of a secret stand up comedian than musician, anyway.'
Interview with The Indie Source
Q: How are you keeping focused when there is so much to do!
A: 'The term is probably ‘ruthless prioritization’: what is the best use of my time right now?
Sometimes that means saying no… a lot. Like, a LOT lot.
In fact, saying no to things might be the most amazing gift you can give yourself. Try it!'
Interview with VENTS MAGAZINE
Awesome chat with Kelly at Rising Star on the Atari 2600, touring, listening to LP records, and a whole lot more!
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