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by Hoy

Rock Pop Spunktastic. As featured on the WB Network TV show 'One Tree Hill'.
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Tested By History
2:37 $0.99
2. Pale
3:46 $0.99
3. Beep Beep Snooze
3:44 $0.99
4. The Optimistic Optometrist
3:37 $0.99
5. No Secrets Now
3:29 $0.99
6. All Fall Down
1:49 $0.99
7. So Not You
2:41 $0.99
8. Ties That Bind
4:08 $0.99
9. Plenty
3:10 $0.99
10. The Prize
4:59 $0.99
11. bonus track
4:38 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
HOY was recorded and released in 2003, receiving substantial support from NYC Press and beyond. Producers of the hit TV show 'One Tree Hill' on the WB Network decided to use almost all of the record's lead-off track 'Tested By History' for a tender bedroom scene between two of the show's lead characters.

The band's high energy stage show evokes the live spirit of such luminaries as The Jam, The Clash and Ted Leo: full of fresh, hook-driven and addicting rock songs, all currently being prepped for a new, even more caffeinated CD in late 2004.

Musical comparisons have been made to Cheap Trick, Guided By Voices, 'Weezer by way of the Beatles (Village Voice)', Sloan, and Big Star.

Mastered by the ultra cool Alan Douches at West West Side, this record is sure to bring plenty of lovely thrills to your next musical journey.

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Elizabeth Gray

I bought this album after seeing Hoy live in NYC as 5-person band, all dressed like the leader, Greg Hoy... but the album's somehow even better because one person wrote and recorded everything on it - the vocal harmonies are huge, the sound is soaring. I never write online reviews, but I'm really loving this record. It's just a great find.

Delusions of Adequacy

A solo debut of witty, crunching power-pop
On his self-titled debut album, Hoy has created, recorded, and performed two handfuls of power-pop tracks with instrumental elements of the 70s, 80s, and 90s and surprising, delicious lyrical pop culture references. The album has a lot going for itself, as does its originator. Hoy should please many power-pop fans, especially those who got into the genre over the last decade through some of its revivalists.

Pittsburgh City Paper

Strong, time-tested melodies...
...the album’s initial four songs are all spot-on in songwriting and production, and any of them could be a standout single on an edgy commercial station. And the mellow-ish “Optimistic Optometrist” (which frankly could be a Guided By Voices song title) frames Hoy’s outlook in a lyrical perspective when he affirms “the answer’s in a pop song.” For him, it definitely seems to be.


Fun, Profound, & Cheeky
I like to play this cd before I go out at night. It is upbeat and fun and puts me in good mood. Not only that, but the lyrics are both profound and cheeky. The way I like em.

Time Out NY

Straight-up melodicism!
Hoy's clear-eyed rock is fueled by straight-up melodicism

Village Voice, Best of 2003

The record producer replacing the artist has been tossed about in the press lately, and it seems that many have forgotten this is an age-old concept in the music industry (see Motown). Producer Greg Hoy takes stage front and center to perform his fine Weezer-by-way-of-the-Beatles tunes. - Village Voice Choice, 'Best of 2003'

Jack Rabid, The Big Takeover

Power-pop with big guitar crunch
'Hoy' has to be the best power-pop record I've ever heard recorded entirely by one person. Is he for real? You keep glancing at the sleeve notes, thinking the man must be joshing, taking credit for others' playing, because Hoy betrays no veneer or vestige of such a solitary, necessarily piece-meal installments project. What it sounds like is a rockin' quartet, with Hoy's full-throated singing leading the charge. This is power-pop with big guitar crunch, some real back-beat presence, and encircling guitars, bold melodies and no hint of boyish niceties or polite mannerism....Sign me up for the next gig, and see you in the front row.

Punk Planet

10 essential hooks
HOY ushers in the rebirth of slack with his lo and lower-fi indie pop that recalls a less ambitious Weezer or a more ambitious Pavement. This is fortified with 10 essential hooks that'll bounce through your head well after the disc's end.

Garett Splain / Splendid Ezine

impressive -- accomplished indie pop that touches on a wide spectrum of sounds a
Hoy is the brainchild, somewhat predictably, of Greg Hoy of Last Town Chorus and Yearbook fame. Hoy is responsible for all of the instrumentation on his solo debut, as well as the recording itself. The results are impressive -- accomplished indie pop that touches on a wide spectrum of sounds and moods.

Sahar, Delusions of Adequacy

DIY power-pop with clever lyrics and energetic guitars
When someone writes, records, and produces all of his own songs and also plays all of the instruments on an album, respect and awe from listeners are expected and appropriate. When the music sonically appeals to you regardless of the considerable aforementioned skills, the result is even better. Such is the case, for the most part, with Hoy’s self-titled debut album. I presume Greg Hoy’s last name does not carry a silent “h,” but I like that the names of both artist and album mean “today” in Spanish. It gives Hoy an extra urgency and contemporary spunk.