AMERICAN DIAMOND RECORDINGS
When you are at a Ron Gallo show leaning against the bar whining to your roommate about last night you will probably get called out and like it, you might get accidentally whacked by a guitar headstock, you might find yourself succumbing to the internal animalistic feelings you've been suppressing all week and you might even leave a slightly better person. If you say hello afterwards, you might be shocked to be greeted by a genuinely friendly and grateful person that 5 minutes ago looked like a terrifying spastic red-faced maniac.
Formerly the frontman of Philadelphia based rock and roll band, Toy Soldiers, Gallo has gone through the return of saturn and the wringer of life over the last couple of years and has come out the other side a person that dances where the infuriated rock and roll fighter-of-the-good-fight and the discontent clear-headed jokester hang out. Like some big-haired spiritual punk raised in the 90s, Gallo is well-informed of the 20th century roots of american music and obsessed with the NOW in a time where people are drugged by distraction and mediocrity. On Gallo's second solo record, HEAVY META (out September 2016), he tackles the heavier topics and dark experiences he lived through during these transformative years.
From his decision to remove all substances from his system, self-empowerment, domestication, dead love, not knowing someone or yourself, having a stalker, the struggle of being an "artist" in 2016, to the disastrous cycle created by terrible parenting, love and mental illness and post-apocalyptic tales of a world where "all the freaks have gone to bed.” Sonically, this record reflects its subject matter drenched in aggression, fuzz, and walls of Gallo's unconventionally primal approach to the guitar. It is a lyrically driven album laid upon a bed of electricity attempting to wake you up with each listen.
Gallo does not enjoy sitting still so has spent a good portion of the last few years and will spend the foreseeable future on the road backed by drums and bass coming to a hole in the wall, rock club, backyard, theater, basement, Hardee’s, Sleepy’s Mattress Store, or arena near you. He released a sampling of the new record in the form of the "RG3 EP" in April 2016. Gallo has appeared at CMJ, SXSW and has received praise from renowned publications such as The FADER, Under the Radar, BrooklynVegan, among other.
"HEAVY META" will be available on American Diamond Recordings in September 2016. American Diamond is a record label run by Gallo out of his room in the Bordeaux neighborhood of Nashville, TN as of new years day 2016. The mission statement of American Diamond (as well as Gallo himself) is, "ROCK AND ROLL ISN'T DEAD... YOU ARE."