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Geron Hoy – Lunatic


Geron Hoy really should be a household name by now, but the fact that it isn’t, may be the best thing he has going for him. You may have seen him over on reddit, where he has been sharing his music for free. I’ve been meaning to review this album for the past two months, but because I’m terrible at updating this site, I’m just getting to it now. Shame on me.

Trials, Troubles, and Tribulations

Lunatic is the latest effort from Geron Hoy. The story behind it is filled with frustration and struggle, and it almost never saw the light of day. In 2011, he had released the album Soldier, which was a mix of new material and songs he had recorded in Austin a few years back. Essentially a B-side album, it was still better than most of what came out last year. Geron then worked his ass off to record the album Lunatic. He spent weeks in the studio perfecting his songs, and once recording was complete, the album still needed to be mastered and pressed.

I knew Geron before it was cool.

When he should have been touring in support of Soldier, he was busy trying to get Lunatic released. Essentially, he was doing the work that a label would have normally taken care of, while still trying to make a living. Thankfully for us all, he didn’t throw in the towel. He pushed on, and made it happen. Music is what Geron is supposed to be doing. He knows it, and no way was anything going to stop him. As luck would have it Because Geron is so insanely talented, he won a song writing contest that year that awarded him a couple thousand CD pressings.

Lunatic is a fantastic album. Geron’s song writing ability is quite frankly, some of the best that I’ve ever heard. It comes from a very real, very chaotic place- Geron’s mind. This album is him, and that’s why it’s so damn good. It’s filled with confusion and self doubt, as well as the insanity and chaos of day to day life in NYC. From the foot stomping almost country-esque Mess in Here, to the ballad feel of Breakaway, to the beautifully written and performed Lunatic, there’s something special going on here. His songs are soft and tender when they need to be, but will knock your head off when needed.

Plymouth State College - 1999


Howard Stern Helps Geron Hoy

On Friday April, 27th, Geron was retweeted by Howard Stern, who has a rabid fanbase of over 1.1 million followers. Geron posted the tweet on reddit, and was soon the top post. Close to a million people saw the tweet. He was shared on facebook by David Copperfield (yes, really!), his website went down for a time, and he was the top selling artist on bandcamp. Over 50,000 people have listened to his music since yesterday, and if anyone deserves the attention, it’s Geron Hoy.

The long and short of it is that Geron worked his ass off to make a damn near perfect album, and the world deserves to hear it. Go do yourself a favor and download Lunatic now.

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Introducing Geron Hoy

On April 26th 2011, prepare to meet Geron Hoy. On that day the album “Soldier” will drop from Jamity Records. I haven’t heard it all, but it would seem that whatever Jamity Records is doing, they are doing it right. Somehow they managed to capture the essence of what Geron has been trying to do for over 10 years, and it’s worth a listen or 12. I can easily see the track “Lady Crow” used in an episode of Sons of Anarchy, and you can get a copy of right now on iTunes.

I first met Geron Hoy in Mary Lyon Hall at Plymouth State College. It was 1999, grunge rock was long dead, and terrible dance music was heard all over campus. I would often play my electric guitar in my room, hoping to meet like minded heads. Geron showed up within a couple of hours. He had his guitar and it was about 2 minutes before we started playing.

He started playing “Wild Horses.” I hung a few notes over what he was doing and I don’t know if we sang it or not, but we had clicked. Imagine my surprise when he told me he had only been playing for 6 weeks. I was shocked. His timing and rhythm was spot on. He didn’t play too loud or too quiet. He just had “it”, and meeting someone who had “it” was refreshing.

Geron HoyWe soon started playing around campus and the music was surprisingly well received. He did most of the singing, but had no problem if I wanted to sing a song here and there. He was quickly growing as a musician and I was able to watch the transformation as he shaped his natural ability into a musical personality that was creative force to be reckoned with.

It was much to my chagrin when Geron left Plymouth to study graphics at the Central Connecticut.  We still would visit each other and jam whenever we could, and it was always fun, but soon school was over. Geron moved to New York City to pursue music and I moved to Portland, Maine. I visited him a total of three times in New York – July and September of 2005, and once again in October of 2006. The first two trips we were able to jam and record some on a computer, which blew my mind at the time. I was even able to sit in with him at one of his gigs. Somewhere there’s a DVD of that kicking around. It wasn’t long after that Geron moved to Austin, where he was able to meet up with some more musicians who also realized that Geron had a charisma on and off stage that makes him something of an enigma.

What sets Geron apart from other musicians that I’ve played with, is that he does not do it for money, fame or fortune. He does it because he has to. That’s all there is too it. He doesn’t have an ego about it, there’s no pretentiousness. He just knows that playing his songs is something he has to do. His passion for music bleeds through his guitar and you hear it in his voice.

I’m glad I met Geron when I did. Watching him grow has a truly prolific life experience, like watching a glacier move. You may not see the changes daily, but one morning you look up and it’s moved on to devour another mountain. I am honored and truly fortunate to call him my friend. Nice job, Geron. You’ve made something amazing and I could not be more proud of you man. Put that in your book.
-Erich

Check out his Facebook page or Geron Hoy dot com

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