Goy Boy McIlroy

Goy Boy McIlroy an alt-blues quartet from Darlington in England is David Saunders (Vocals), Simon Goy (Guitar), Al Evans (Drums) and Glen Adkins (Bass).

Goy Boy McIlroy - alt-blues from England

Goy Boy McIlroy

Theoretically centred around swooping guitar riffs Goy Boy McIlroy quickly knock that on the head as all the players are given equal prominence. That isn’t to say that the strings are not given space to explore, because they are, but the lasting impression is a superb baritone vocal which ties the compositions together.

Combining the lower registers throughout their work Goy Boy McIlroy is able to inject a gothic mediaevalism into the sounds which are as inebriating as the architecture and this a band to spend many a delightful hour as the music soars triumphantly around the room.

Although it is only early in November and I have a few thousand bands to consider for review before the end of the month, these guys are already on my ‘Editors choice’ shortlist for the band of the month and I am also certain they will rise high in the readers selection for band of the month.

Well worth catching live on their supporting tour in Northern England through November to mid December, with a one off date in London on the 8th (tomorrow) if you are in the vicinity, I posit.

With a new single set for release on the 11th November I wish Goy Boy McIlroy all the best for the future.


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Atlanter from Oslo in Norway is an alt blues band comprising Jens CareliusArild HammerøMorten Kvam and Jonas Barsen Johnsen.

Atlanter is an alt blues band from Norway.


There is an unmistakeable Scandinavian pitch to the sounds which encompass influences from across the globe as Atlanter delivers incredibly busy instrumental that sit inside an ethereal framework. The combination of which flashes around the head in a triumphant parade.

The band clearly sets out to inject a feeling of movement and fluidity in the music and this extends to their recordings, which avoid a rehearsed sound and this technique brings the songs to life and ensures that the audience has a sense of engagement and relationship with the out-put.

Atlanter is a relatively new out-fit their enthusiasm and belief in their creation shines through brightly. Their musicianship is tested within the complex layers of the tracks, but the players are more than capable of handling the shifting landscape in which they play.

A recent release (12th August) the nine track LP – Vidde – is a fascinating start to a band who maintain the perception that much of the most inventive sounds, which simultaneously are readily accessible, are continuing to emerge from this area of Northern Europe.


Vidde – Atlanter is avaliable on iTunes*.

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