Toy Soldiers To Release New Album, "The Maybe Boys", on September 10th
By Mel Fabrikant Saturday, August 31, 2013, 03:52 PM EDT
Consisting of Ron Gallo (lead vocals/guitar/harmonica), Bill McCloskey (bass/vocals), Luke Leidy (keys/vocals), Matt Kelly (guitar), and
Dominic Billett (drums/vocals), the band has been earning a reputation for their raw live show. Gallo doesn't let getting whacked in the head and bleeding profusely stop their performance.
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"Good rock 'n' roll is deceptively simple, but it touches something deeply primal in the human soul. It's a big backbeat with some guitars wrapped around it and a singer that can muster all the agony and ecstasy of the music's roots in blues and country. Rock 'n' roll has the power to get the body moving and the blood pumping, and it's alive and well thanks to a Philly five-some called Toy Soldiers." - KUTX (Austin, TX) Song of the Day
"It's Toy Soldiers' song-making skills and undeniably infectious energy that makes them as outstanding as they are." - PHILADELPHIA WEEKLY
"For me, getting on a stage is really surrendering to whatever plans the wild beast of the show and the people in the room have in store. It's like throwing yourself in a raging sea of variables or hopping on a moving train. Even if you get whacked in the face with a guitar and are bleeding all over or your amplifier explodes or your having a bad day, it's your responsibility to the audience and the show that overrides anything that may try to stop it and so it must go on," explains Gallo.
Toy Soldiers' first album,Whisper Down the Lane (2010), was defined by WXPN's Bruce Warren as a"gritty, dirty collection ... shifting flawlessly from roots, to blues, to country, to rockabilly...an undeniable barn-burner."
Gallo describes the difference between the first and second record, saying, "Whisper Down the Lane is like kindergarten recess, a bunch of random kids making an audible Jackson Pollock painting at the schoolyard. The Maybe Boys is like five blood brothers reunited for our third time at Mardi Gras in New Orleans. We're still having a great time but we're warmed up, we've got our sea legs and we're a cohesive unit. There's a history and a chemistry bound by some sort of loose weird magic on this record. The Maybe Boys is a live snapshot in time where everyone that listens is in the room dancing and drinking with us."
Imperative to the recording of The Maybe Boys, Toy Soldiers wanted to capture the lively and unpolished live show that the band has earned a reputation for.
Gallo continues, "Bill Moriarty has a divine ability to get someone's exact point across sonically, there is so much character in the records he makes and he has such a laid back and natural way of working. There's no rhyme or reason or going by any book, it's just whatever feels and sounds good in the land of Bill Moriarty and that was essential in the making of The Maybe Boys."
Toy Soldiers are bringing their soulful brand of rock n' roll to dive bars, festivals and theaters all over the US this summer and fall. The hard-working Philadelphia band have spent the past five years playing hundreds of shows and earning the title of one of the "Top Bands to Watch in 2013" by USA Today.
To get a taste of that explosive live show, watch this video of "Tell The Teller" and "Forget How It Used To Be" performed live at World Café Live in Philadelphia in December 2012, here: http://bit.ly/1dqqCmW .
Toy Soldiers will release their new album, The Maybe Boys, on September 10th, 2013.
For more information, please visit:
1. Tell the Teller
2. Been Here All My Days
3. Heart in a Mousetrap
4. Forget How it Used to Be
5. This Old Town
6. Red Dress
7. I'm Your Woman
8. Away We Go
10. Weeping Willow
11. Laughing Pain
12. Tomorrow to Today
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