Eric Haydocy Band
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Eric Haydocy Band

Chicopee, Massachusetts, United States | SELF

Chicopee, Massachusetts, United States | SELF
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ERIC HAYDOCY BAND managed to Record a song that Immediately made us dedicate it to Our Grammy. Eric hails from the Wilds of Massachusetts where it Snow in the Winter time (not that most people don’t like that, but we Just can’t stand it) but He warms everyone Over with Great tunes and Great riffs and He’ll Certainly put a big Happy smile on your Face. Listen and Dance

- Live 365 .com

"Artist Spotlight"

Our song Ooh La La was picked out of thousands of songs submited to No Cover magazine. The song was in the top15 songs and was placed on the compilation cd given with magazine. Along with being on the cd, we were featured in there artist spotlight section. - No Cover


This is one of those guys that would fit in a biker bar but never brawl. Instead you’d find him calmly sipping down a light beer watching any fights that broke out shaking his head, only intervening to prevent anyone from getting hurt. His music is ground into power pop and hard rock that would find a welcome home at that aforementioned biker bar or even in those uber trendy coffeehouses. His soulful voice is filled with a passion that gets often lost in translation in the recording studio. I think that’s why I like this guy so much. He seems like the type of dude that after rocking out for an hour or so, you could walk up to with your guitar under your arms and coax him into jamming out with a stranger for a couple of tunes instead of taking a well-deserved break. And that, my friends is a rare gem in this crowded ego-world known as music. -- J-Sin



Next Guy in Line is the result of a collaboration between two Western Massachusetts songwriters from different eras. Singer Eric Haydocy composed ten songs with guitarist Dave McDonald, a songwriter who made a name for himself in the '80s in bands The Cardiac Kids and The Sighs. The resulting album is a focused piece of solid guitar rock with Haydocy's powerful, soulful voice at its center. With only a couple of exceptions, Next Guy in Line sounds like a pre-grunge time capsule -- its straightforward bar-room rock is rife with the simple, clean, charmingly naive harmonies and straight guitar solos rendered unfashionable by Cobain and company. You won't hear it much these days, but you might remember by its moniker, "hard rock". There are traces of blues in Haydocy's hard rock. "Brown Eyed Girl", which is not a cover song, has the grit and snap of a Black Crowes tune, while "Nobody Knows" rides an Otis Redding-like ballad shuffle (and also features some of Haydocy and McDonald's best harmonies). "Hairy Belly Button" is kind of a frightening piece -- its bounciness and sense of humor recall Jimmy Buffet's "Margaritaville", but something about Haydocy's gritty voice makes it a bit unsettling. Nevertheless, Next Guy in Line is a solid rock outing, perfect for scratching your hard rock nostalgia itch.-- Philip Stone - Splendid

"Radio Mike"

ERIC HAYDOCY has a heart and soul that is Pure Rock. So is his music. In a world of such Incredible Music that never gets heard by the mainstream industry or radio stations that could care less, Haydocy’s music stands out from an area not necessarily known for great music. It should be after this. Plus, this album reminds us a little of old Meatloaf. How great is that.

- Radio Mike


Rollin’ in with his follow-up to “Next Guy In Line”, Eric Haydocy and his outfit turn up the rock with addictive blues-riddled rock hooks. His throat is the stuff of legends as he chugs away at beer-soaked lyrics and saloon-friendly songs. Backed by an impressive group who turn in great hook-laden choruses and verses that just absolutely rock your socks of, Eric Haydocy has proven to be a songwriting workhorse.

- J-Sin

- J-Sin

"Local Buzz"

I know, I know, it's presumptuous, but when I come across a CD entitled Rock The Night Away, I feel like I can predict with some degree of accuracy what I'm in for. And to a large extent, in the case of the new LP from the Eric Haydocy Band, I was right. The disc is filled with good old-fashioned rock 'n' roll, though the band's sound owes equally to bombastic '80's rockers in the Van Halen vein as it does to first-generation rock music.

The disc has its share of rock clichs, such as the requisite tribute to the one-night stand (entitledÉ "One Night Stand") and the opener, "Rockem Sockem," which includes the lyrics "I just want to stay the night/I just want to dance 'til the morning light."

But all stereotypes and rock-critic cynicism aside, if rock music is your thing, then there is some good rocking to be had with Haydocy and friends. He has a thick, powerful voice that seems built to rock, and the band, including songwriting partner and guitarist Dave MacDonald, bassist Eric "The E" Collins, and a Spinal Tap-esque slew of drummers, backs him up with aplomb.

My favorite tracks are "Happy Sad," a sweet tribute to fatherhood, and the country-fried heartbreak anthem, "2 Beers." The band is tight and, apparently, they're gonna rock all night.

I, for one, say rock on.

- Casey Hayman


Laugh Now, Cry Later 2010
Rock The Night Away 2006
Next Guy In Line 2004
Cover Magazine: Voted Ooh La La in the top 15 out of thousands of entries and will be feartured inthe magazine and on there compilation cd. 2007
Radio play on Dan Herman Radio Crystal Blue , Radio Mike 365live, Lazer 99.3, Band Radio,com, Karnal Promotions
Billboard World Song Contest: Picked Ooh La La as an Honorable Mention and was in the top 500 songs in the world this year.
Great Independent Pop Music Volume 1 is out and features the song Ooh La La from our cd Rock The Night Away. This cd displays the best of the up and coming pop artist. We're happy to be chosen and thank you our fans for keepin the faith and the radios turned up. EHB is on the rise "COME ALONG FOR THE RIDE".

The cd is available at



The music scene at the current moment is filled with a whole bunch of singers who want to be famous, just for the sake of being famous. Get on TV, get a reality show, get some paparazzi glances. Get a grip.

Then there are guys like Eric Haydocy. The real deal. A genuine American blue collar rock ‘n’ roller. Blessed with a voice that can blast a hole through a brick wall (microphone not necessary) or soar effortlessly into upper octaves like a choir boy on holiday.

Haydocy operates under the radar from his Western Massachusetts base, playing out on occasion, but frequently writing and recording with his longtime musical partner Dave MacDonald, the former guitarist with bands that included The Sighs and Cardiac Kids.

Together with an assemblage of first-rate players, Haydocy has emerged with another stellar album, delivered with that distinctive blend of power and beauty that’s his alone, direct to the heart, direct from the soul.

There are plenty of highlights, from the working man’s rock heard on the opening “Waiting for an Airplane,” to the delicate ballad “Wishing,” the majestic homage to fallen friends, “Remember,” the harmony-filled take of finding love when you least expect it (“Nothing Can Stop”) or the surging, guitar-driven tale of child abuse titled “Track You Down.”

And that’s just a small sample of the places Haydocy takes listeners on this remarkably consistent outing. Get on the right track and get a dose of this guy’s magic.

Oh, and if you’re looking for frills, there are other avenues from those other singers searching for their reality shows. Eric Haydocy is doing something better. He’s living reality every day, singing about it with pure passion and a presence that can’t be forgotten.