Ron Gallo: Trying to box Ron Gallo up is like trying to clutch water in your hands. If he was to have a “thing” it’s build something, then destroy it. It’s his way to stay engaged and genuine in whatever he does. His only constant is that there is none.
After years playing in bands in Philadelphia in 2014 he decided to finally make himself his main project citing that “if I make music under my own name, the project can never break up, i can just die. It’s like a lifelong commitment to myself.”
Gallo’s first proper solo album, 2017’s HEAVY META lead to widespread critical acclaim and touring the world including performances at Coachella, Governors Ball, Austin City Limits, Lollapalooza and more. The album was described by NPR as “a burst of literate electricity” and Gallo himself as an “insurgent poet and rock ‘n’ roll disruptor”.
Gallo followed up quickly with the Really Nice Guys EP, a joke concept EP and mockumentary commenting on the absurdities of his new role as a professional touring musician. In October 2018, came the release of his second LP Stardust Birthday Party – a post-punk exploration of Gallo’s spiritual path described as bringing “the fruits of meditation to Gallo’s jams – a little like Bodhisattva Vow marked the influx of MCA’s Buddhism into the Beastie Boys.”
PEACEMEAL, coming 3/5/21, sees Gallo going outside to make music with no plan or limits resulting in a colorful hodgepodge of 90’s hip-hop, r&b, weirdo pop, jazz, and punk – his version of “pop music”.
Becca Mancari: Expanding beyond the homespun rootsiness of her critically acclaimed debut to incorporate a grittier, more experimental palette, Becca Mancari’s captivating new collection, ‘The Greatest Part,’ lives in a liminal space between grief and joy, pain and forgiveness, sorrow and liberation. The record, produced by Paramore drummer Zac Farro, marks a significant sonic and emotional evolution, balancing unflinching self- examination with intoxicating grooves and infectious instrumental hooks fueled by explosive percussion and fuzzed out guitars. The lyrics are raw and gutsy to match, peeling back old scars to explore the emotional and psychological turmoil Mancari weathered growing up gay in a fundamentalist Christian home, while at the same time examining the ties that continue to bind her to the family she loves. Though personal reflection is nothing new for the Nashville-based songwriter, ‘The Greatest Part’ finds Mancari digging deeper than ever before, excavating new layers of her psyche in an effort to make sense of where she’s been, where she’s headed, and most importantly, who she’s become.
“This record was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to write,” she explains. “At the same time, it was also the most freeing.”