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Tv Toy

Doug Hoyt is the purveyor of Brit pop and American rock. Raised on The Who and The Kinks and later discovering Springsteen and Petty, Hoyt ultimately abandoned his drum kit for a Gibson SG, and began to write hard rockin’ songs about love, fun and hope.
“I always felt that music was something that chose me and not the other way around” begins Hoyt. “By the time I was the age of five I had already worn out two record players and accumulated a vast collection of vinyl.”
Hailing from the state of Maine, the vast kingdom leaning into the North Atlantic, might have posed a challenge to that childhood epiphany for a lesser talent. Instead, Hoyt chose the life of a working musician and has not ever been one frantic for fame.
As a teenager, he taught himself how to play drums by studying the moves of John Bonham and Keith Moon. He also took notice of their respective bands, Led Zeppelin and The Who.
As a drummer throughout his school years, Hoyt abruptly took up the guitar and was quick to declare that he was now the lead guitarist and vocalist.
Hoyt got this band in the studio and within days they recorded an album’s worth of material and “Dance on the Wire” was released in the summer of 1995. The band immediately hit the road, recorded three more albums, “Past Her Eyes”, “Two” and “News of the Century”.
Hoyt teamed up with drummer Steve Peer who has played with Bill Nelson’s Red Noise, TV Toy, and other punk, new wave and modern and classic rock bands. His military style drum training and Keith Moon-like antics suited Hoyt’s power trio.
Bass guitar duties handled by Mark McCall simultaneously channel the styles of John Entwistle & Paul McCartney. He also serves as the stage anchor as Hoyt and Peer use most rooms as rock’n’roll gymnasiums.
Hoyt is always excited about another night on stage. "I play music because I love it," he says, "I do what most people can't, and I am incredibly lucky."