Greg Hoy & The Boys’ latest is a twenty-three song self-titled double album Greg Hoy & The Boys. The album took close to a year to make which isn’t too long considering how much material there is. At the heart of the album is a variety of rock/pop songs that are fun, easy to appreciate and catchy.
The album starts with “Someday Could Be Today” which displays some of the infectious types of melodies you will encounter throughout the album. A prominent, playful melody on the organ unfolds as Hoy sings, “Wake up falling down / Yr head's still in a cloud / Check the clock running late / Straighten up it's a big debate.” I was addicted to the chorus the first time I heard it.
Up next is “Brilliant Jerk!” which combines the upbeat energy of a band like The Clash with elements of surf. I could listen to those guitar bends all day long. The short, effective breakdown had me as well.
“Tied Up For Last” is one of the highlights. The song starts off subtly funky with a simple yet fun bass line that is dance worthy. When the chorus hits additional guitars come into the mix making it feel nostalgic and warm. Hoy sings, “Run from the past / Tied up for last.”
“Lashes” brings on the nostalgia hard on this slow wavering ballad while “(Keep Feeling) Caffeination” brings up the energy with a blues/rock affair. There is still more flavor to be had with “Baby, The World's On Fire” which brings a classic ’70s rock vibe that is anthemic.
Eight songs in and the party's just getting started. Hoy manages to keep you guessing in good ways as the album progresses whether it’s the subdued and subtle “Paper Millionaire” or the absolutely fun and festive “Participation Award.”
Overall, this is wonderfully eclectic batch of rock songs that demand your attention. Don’t pass this up and take a listen.
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