His Boy Elroy, His BoyElroy- Bob Gajarsky

REVIEW: His Boy Elroy, His Boy Elroy

- Bob Gajarsky

Seattle, Washington has been the breeding ground to many of the hottest bands around. However, in proving that there are other bands from the Seattle area, His Boy Elroy has taken a decidedly different approach to receiving airplay. Rather than cashing in on the grunge-fad, main man Johnny Fly has produced an album that leans heavily on the psychedelic 90's sound from British artists such as Jesus Jones, E.M.F., and the Soup Dragons to generate a new, catchy sound.

The first single from the His Boy Elroy album, "Chains", weaves accessible music with lyrics strife with references to Nancy Friday's classic book of female sexual fantasy, "The Secret Garden". Phil Harding and Ian Curnow, who worked on the recent Jesus Jones album, have remixed "Chains" to bring the most out of the song.

In the song, "Fly", His Boy Elroy produces a song that sounds like a combination of George Michael meets "Willie and the Hand Jive". An odd combination, to be sure, but not unlike others on the album. "Free" utilizes a "Theme From Shaft"-style introduction, and "Receiving Me" uses the distorted, jangly guitar sound prominent that brought the Charlatans and Stone Roses fame. The entire album, which also includes potential future singles "Fade To Black" and "Don't Leave Me", doesn't have a weak track from start to finish.

Not unlike Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, Fly has bolstered the group's lineup while on the road. A full fledged band is touring with Fly to help re-create the sound produced in the studio. A summary? The eponymously titled debut is simply one of this year's must-get purchases.

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