New Video: Watch Nashville Garage Punk Ron Gallo Take Over a Busy Intersection with Furious, Old-School Rock

Currently based in Nashville, TN, singer/songwriter and guitarist Ron Gallo is arguably best known for his eight-year stint as the the frontman of Philadelphia-based indie act Toy Soldiers, an act that initially began as a guitar and drum duo, that evolved into a massive 12 member collective before settling into a quintet when the band split up in 2014.

Gallo’s forthcoming full-length effort Heavy Meta was primarily written while Gallo was in Philadelphia — and over the course of a lengthy romantic relationship with a woman, who had a number of personal and emotional troubles. When the relationship ended, Gallo relocated to Nashville to finish writing material in what may have been one of the most transformative periods of his life as he went through what he felt was a personal reawakening and musical rebirth. Interestingly, at the time Gallo wrote and then recorded songs in small batches — without the initial intention of making an album and without the support of a label. As Gallo explains “Coming out on the other side, i now look at my past as a hazy dream where I did not know myself or the world at all. I still don’t know anything, but I’m closer than before. There is so much to learn outside of your comfort zone.”

Slated for a February 3, 2017 release through New West Records, the material on Heavy Meta reportedly covers several themes including Gallo’s personal ideology on abstaining from drugs and alcohol, self-empowerment, domestication, dead love, not knowing yourself, mental illness and more while expressing an overall frustration with the human race and civilization, while balanced with an underlying hopefulness of an idealistic realist. As Gallo explains “this record comes from my frustration with humanity and myself, and from my wanting to shake us all. At my core, I’m compassionate for humanity and the sickness that we all live with, and from that comes something more constructive.” He ends by saying “Party is over — this is the beginning of true personal responsibility for ourselves and our world and so we must LIVE truth, be freaks, be fearless, be light, love and be our best selves.”

The album’s latest single “Please Yourself” is a fuzzy and aggressive garage rock song full of power chords, a propulsive back beat paired with Gallo’s howled vocals — and throughout the length of the song there’s a wild urgency and frustration within. As a result, the song feels as though the narrator is trying to violent shake everyone around him awake, while screaming “Pay attention, you goddamn idiots! Stop fucking around and do something to make it right!”

Directed by Joshua Shoemaker, the recently released video begins with Gallo delivering a fiery soliloquy on the hollowness, pretension of our digital world. It’s quickly followed by a lengthy one-take shot in which Gallo walking through downtown Nashville stops at intersection to wait for his band featuring Joe Bisirri (bass) and Dylan Sevey (drums) to drive up in a Ford F-150 truck loaded with a PA system and a makeshift stage — and then they promptly take over the streets with furious rock ‘n’ roll before quickly disappearing into the night.

 

Gallo has been developed a reputation for a raucous live show and he’ll be touring throughout the the first quarter or so of the year headlining a shit ton of shows across the States, before touring as an opener for both labelmates Hurray for the Riff Raff and with The Nude Party and The All-Arounders. The tour includes a February headlining set at Baby’s All Right and an April opening set at the Bowery Ballroom. Check out the tour dates below.
Tour Dates:
December 30 – Asheville, NC @ Mothlight*
December 31 – Raleigh, NC @ Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh
January 13 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
January 14 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
February 4 – Nashville, TN @ Hi-Watt
February 19 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar
February 20 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
February 21 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Spirit
February 22 – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
February 23 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
February 24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Creep Records
February 25 – Lancaster, PA @ Lancaster Roots and Blues
February 26 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
February 27 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
March 9 – Savannah, GA @ Savannah Stopover Festival
April 16 – Northampton, MA @ Academy of Music Theatre
April 18 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair#
April 19 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair#
April 20 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom#
April 21 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live#
April 23 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club#
April 24 – Cincinnati, OH @ Woodward Theater#
April 25 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom#
April 27 – Ferndale, MI @ The Magic Bag#
April 28 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall#
April 29 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon#
April 30 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe#
May 2 – St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House#
May 3 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge#
May 4 – Birmingham, AL @ The Saturn#
May 5 – New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theatre#
* appearing with Nude Party, The All-Arounders
# appearing with Hurray For The Riff Raff