credit: Tim Duggan
(EST. 2016 – NASHVILLE)
RON GALLO – STRUMMING, SPEECHING, WRITING, READING
An Open Letter from Ron Gallo to Humanity:
Straddling the fence; between two (2) mindsets - 1. THE WORLD: is completely fucked and 2. THE UNIVERSE: is inside you. TRYING: to lean more towards the later. Have probably spent too much time being pissed off and upset with humanity, how far we’ve let ourselves go. Just another no power white guy with black power hair trying to take on the weight of the world; passionate and hypercritical walks down city blocks, somehow totally aware and above the illusion, overflowing with informed negativity to destroy the illusion. This was supposed to happen that way and for that, gratitude. Besides a couple of years of emotional and mental turmoil, loss, confusion, breakdown and internal growth what did all of that ever get me? Well, it gave me this record called “HEAVY META” and it is the first few findings from my guerilla treasure hunt for bullshit, both outside and within. Ethos meets pathos.
There is nothing about reading this bio that will achieve its only goal - further acquaint you with the music. Put the phone down, come to a show and make up your own mind, paint your own picture. You have worked your entire life, and you are most likely bringing all of that with you. I cannot control what you think, but maybe, JUST MAYBE, the feelings that make you think!
Just the existence of a biography in someway makes it seem like my life is more interesting than your life, far from the truth. I am more interested in the YOU, and how do we connect that to the WE; that is the REASON why I put this stuff out there. These songs - whether they’re about the time I saw a mothers cigarette ash falling onto her child’s head in a stroller or the domestication of punks!!! - they are the immortalization of images; moments in this singular existence that seem to hold a more universal truth than what is taken at face value. To choose one (1) goal - find yourself in this music and these words somewhere and begin the very process that brought me to THIS place to create THIS album.
HEAVY META LP
…is 11 tracks of lyrical confrontation and laughter for cynics laid down roughly on a bed of fuzz, chaotic structures and primal sounds evoked from a red Fender jaguar electric guitar - there is bass, there are drums and not much else besides the occasional icing (no artificial colors or dyes). It’s not comfortable and easily pinpointed and I’m sure that will create an issue for the desire for neat little boxes we have grown to love. On my shelf currently there is a Mahalia Jackson record sandwiched between “Funhouse” by The Stooges and Minor Threat. Lately on long drives, we’ve been deep into the Eckhart Tolle audiobook for “A New Earth”, a variety of comedy podcasts, our friends bands, stand-up specials and revisiting 90’s hits - oh, and listening to our own record a lot to make sure the mixes are right on car speakers. My bedroom window curtains are orange. We tour in a maroon SUV. The band, RG3, consists of Joe Bisirri on bass and Dylan Sevey on drums.
If you’ve made it this far, now might be a good time to go over some pretty boring backstory to create further context for the “assets” of my “brand”:
I was in a brand called Toy Soldiers for about 8 years that started as a drum/guitar duo between my longtime friend from middle school and I, fluctuated into a 12-piece freak show and then eventually a solid 5-piece rock and roll group. I consider that brand my musical training wheels. It was the reason one night in 2007 I realized in a low ceiling south Philadelphia basement that maybe one day I could be a singer. We barreled around the country many times, made many mistakes, had good times and eventually played our last show in August of 2014. Shortly thereafter I started a label called American Diamond Recordings and put out a record called “RONNY”, the cover is my face with a slice of pizza on it and it sounds like an island vacation. I didn’t know what I was doing when I made it. I still don’t know what I’m doing and I plan on keeping it that way.
The only thing I do know is that I want to use music to reflect the times and as a primary outlet for me to become a total psychopath on stage, challenge myself and talk about potentially heavy real world things, call you out, then maybe we can even hug after the show. I am forever grateful for this life and anyone that ever comes to a show, buys a record and wants to have a real conversation. I have no idea where things are going, but I know it’s best to grow with them and be okay with whatever happens. As for right now, it seems like a great time to WAKE UP, put all of ourselves into it, acknowledge our own personal limitless value and beauty and if I can be any part in that, well then, awesome.
Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.