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Alumni Spotlight: Tony Boll ’17 Releases New Single

Tony Boll, who graduated in 2017 with a degree in English & World Literatures and a minor in Creative Writing, recently collaborated with Prof. Jerry Williams on his band’s latest single, “Girl I Need to Know.”

Tony’s band, The Flops, has been active since 2019, but the collaboration with Prof. Williams is new.

“This song was originally written as a poem by my former professor, and friend, Dr. Jerry Williams,” Tony told Hannah Dekle for an article published in Atwood Magazine. “He brought it out of his ‘box of stuff’ for me to use as a song, and with a few tweaks the song took on the form it has today. We laid the track down at Panorama Studios with producer Jake Policky and invited saxophonist Caleb Dance, who improvised the entire track in a single take.”

The Flops have dropped one album, one EP, and four singles. With each release, they build on their grungy, alt-rock vibe. “Girl I Need to Know” is no exception, expanding the band’s range with that sweet saxophone track and Dr. Williams’ elegant lyrics.

With more upcoming music and a tour planned for the end of January, it looks like this band is on track to become a veritable indie darling. Congratulations, Tony!