CENTER STAGE 09.10.22

Ron Gallo

Philadelphia, PA

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.” 2021's "PEACEMEAL" sees a mid-pandemic locked-inside Gallo resorting to experimentation and nostalgia for comfort resulting in a colorful hodgepodge of weirdo pop, 90's r&b and hip-hop, jazz, and punk influences – his version of “pop music”.

Currently living back in Philadelphia after 5 years in Nashville, Gallo is finishing up his next full-length album, announced soon, which is a direct result of the collective existential crisis of the last two years. Getting back to the roots of what started this project - informed by a frustration with humanity and the universal issues that create the mass anxiety and chaos that is America and the world in 2022.

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Hosted on the ancestral lands of the Kanienkehaka of the Haudenosaunee nation and the Odanak of the Abenaki people. 

Do good things. 

©Otis Mountain Media LLC
 

Hosted on the ancestral lands of the Kanienkehaka of the Haudenosaunee nation and the Odanak of the Abenaki people. 

Do good things. 

©Otis Mountain Media LLC