Boy God is the brainchild of Leslie Valdes, a Cuban-born musician currently residing in New York City. Leslie’s memories of Cuba consist mainly of hunting lizards in his backyard with his slingshot and dancing to the rhythms of salsa and merengue.
At the tender age of 3, Leslie emigrated to Spain, where he soaked up the intricate rhythms of flamenco, along with the pop hits of the era, like “Sugar Sugar” by the Archies, Elvis’s “Suspicious Minds,” and the Beatles’ “Get Back.”
When Leslie turned 5, he and his family immigrated to Boston. There, Leslie studied Classical guitar at the New England Conservatory of Music. In high school, he had a spiritual awakening and turned completely punk, smashing his Classical guitar and buying a crappy used Les Paul with a warped neck.
Inspired by local bands like the Pixies, Mission of Burma, Aerosmith, and the Cars, Leslie played in a succession of punk, New Wave, Metal and Grunge bands with colorful names like Thumbcramp, Quest for Tuna and Pat the Bunny.
Boy God, his latest band project, draws inspiration from multiple musical genres and styles — Bitches Brew Miles Davis, Velvet Underground art-rock, '60s psychedelia, '70s cock rock, '80s New Wave, '90s grunge, techno, industrial and Korean boy bands (OK, maybe not Korean boy bands).
From Hendrix to punk, Bowie to Prince, Radiohead to Oneohtrix Point Never, Boy God strives to take the sounds of rock’s past and present, and twist, contort and reimagine them into new styles and sonics for the here and now.