Here's Boy Elroy
Being Boy Elroy isn’t easy but it’s necessary and fruitful as well. Being Boy Elroy is about making music that comes to mind, music that has been running around in your head for ages. Music that you grew up with, music that you would like to hear, basically music that matters.
The story of Boy Elroy starts with holding a classic set of Beatles compilation vinyl records in his hands (Red, 1962-1966 and Blue, 1967-197) at the tender age of 5. Hypnotized by the sound that came from the cranky speakers in his parents living room an entire summer went by soaking in this magical variety of sounds, melodies and –at that time- abstract lyrics.
Shortly after the picked up the flute only to astonish his elder sister who was at that time practicing with her Saxophone Quartet with the ease with which Little Boy Elroy could join in, no having a clue about notes and scales. Blue Moon? You gots to be kidding me, right?
At the age of 11 the inevitable happened and Here’s Boy Elroy picked up the guitar, which happened to be a battered old acoustic Spanish guitar that was handed over to him by his uncle. Not surprisingly at that time for someone with the mind of Here’s Boy Elroy it was only logical to kick off his guitar adventure with the most prolific tunes at that time, being Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters and Nirvana’s Come As You Are.
As you might know by now, Here’s Boy Elroy is not your average guitar picking boy from around the corner. Here’s Boy Elroy has a peculiar and astonishing style of song writing and live presence that will make you wonder how come it took him so long after picking up those Beatles record before he came up with his own. Well, the wait is finally over: ladies and gentleman, may I proudly present for you to meet for the first time, finally: Here’s Boy Elroy, the self titled debut EP containing 5 jewels in the raw. Listen, rejoice and weep if you feel the need. It’s all good, ‘cause Here’s Boy Elroy is Here to stay.
Ricardo Wijngaarde, Amsterdam December 2011