Greg Hoy and the Boys is the brainchild project of Greg Hoy – singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, recording produced, recording engineer, something of a marketing guru, jingle and sound composer and producer, a people engineer in the tech world, and art director and a label owner and is based in San Francisco, California.
But not only is Greg Hoy all of the above, he is also a vibrantly diverse musician who, through releasing over thirty albums under various monikers throughout his career, is really just a guy who plays retro rock ‘n’ roll.
Inspired by 80’s AOR / glam rock, Greg Hoy And The Boys are a typical plug in and play rock and roll band, lodged somewhere between a hair metal band and a stadium rock band, and Demons At Night is their latest four track EP, released on 07/10/2022.
Kicking off with a one minute sixteen second instrumental titled 1983, this is a major nod towards the theme of the EP, music of the 1980’s.
Title track Demons At Night was written just after Eddie Van Halen passed away and as the legendary guitarist’s death had a deep impact on the band, the EP has become somewhat of a tribute to Eddie and his music, with the single and video being directly dedicated to him.
Demons At Night is a mixture of an homage to the guitarist as well as taking a satirical look at the Van Halen style of metal and is a fitting tribute to the 80’s in general.
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 and will definitely be looking out for more stuff from Greg Hoy and The Boys!
2) Demons At Night
3) Everybody Wants To be Somebody They’re Not
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