Goy Boy McIlroy
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Goy Boy McIlroy


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The best kept secret in music


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Double A Side single - Black Glove/The Pilgrim Released 2012
Debut E.P. 'Iconoclasm' released March 2013


Feeling a bit camera shy


Goy Boy McIlroy are an alt blues band from the Northeast of England. It would be easy to describe their background using the clichéd stereotype of a grey and dreary skyline clogged up with factories and massive chimneys spewing out black clouds of smoke, but Darlington is different to its industrial neighbours. It is a small Quaker market town void of hope and filled with apathy and closed mindedness. It is from that bleak social landscape that they draw their inspiration.
They effortlessly blend rock, blues and post-punk influences to create a “Crazy blues wailin’ righteous racket that embraces Beefheart and the Delta in equal measure”
The commanding baritone vocals of frontman David Saunders combined with the heavy, warlike drums and the expansive, distorted charge of the guitar and bass create an army of sound that assaults the senses, invades the brain and captures your imagination.
“On stage they are raw and overwhelming with explosive bursts of intense energy that create as much suspense and as many twists as an Alfred Hitchcock film.”
They have recently been named Band Of The Day by Louder Than War and featured on Tom Robinson’s Mixtape on BBC Radio 6. On 24th September they released ‘Black Glove’ and ‘The Pilgrim’ as a double A-side single via iTunes, Amazon and on 18th March 2013 they release their new EP 'Iconoclasm'. Get It.

“Like the zombified bastard child of Bauhaus and Kyuss.” -Artrocker , Sept 2012

“A heartfelt deep and dirty blues rock homage done with true GRIT! – BugBear

“Like The Doors playing a gig atop Saruman’s mountain in Lord of the Rings.” – The Crack Magazine, Oct 2012

“Could they be the North East’s best kept secret?” – NARC magazine, May 2012

“If you need a signpost, the nearest is probably the darker elements of Joy Division, tinged with elements of seventies blues.” – Louder Than War


FOR ANYTHING ELSE CONTACT US @ goy_boy_mcilroy@hotmail.co.uk