RON GALLO’S “PUT THE KIDS TO BED” VIDEO PREMIERES AT BILLBOARD.COM
NEW WEST RECORDS DEBUT HEAVY META OUT NOW
ON TOUR NOW, INCLUDING TOUR WITH THE BLACK ANGELS AND PERFORMANCES AT AUSTIN CITY LIMITS & VOODOO FEST
Ron Gallo has released a new video for “Put The Kids To Bed” from his New West Records debut HEAVY META. Premiering the clip along with an in-depth Q&A, Billboard calls HEAVY META “one of the year's most searing and unfiltered alt-rock albums,” and continues, “...the music on Heavy Meta is often as catchy and cathartic as the lyrics are dark -- and the songs were made to be played live.” Read the full feature and watch the video HERE. Throughout the piece, Gallo details his two-year relationship with a woman who struggled with mental-health and drug-addiction issues during which much of HEAVY META was written. "It was a pretty dark time -- not all of it -- but, god, it was a heavy situation. I was frustrated and pissed off with humanity," Gallo divulged to Billboard. This led to an 11-song set that is drenched in aggression and fuzz with themes ranging from Gallo’s personal ideology on abstaining from drugs and alcohol, self-empowerment, domestication, dead love, not knowing yourself, mental illness and more. The songs often demonstrate this sense of frustration with the human race, balanced by the underlying hopefulness of an idealistic realist.
The February 2017 release of HEAVY META landed on UNCUT’s "The Best Albums Of 2017: Halftime Report" and saw Gallo join Summer tours with Hurray For The Riff Raff, White Reaper, and Twin Peaks. The “insurgent poet and rock 'n' roll disruptor” (NPR Music) also performed highly anticipated sets throughout the festival season, including this year’s Governor’s Ball and Lollapalooza, which earned him a spot on NYLON’s festival season roundup with the description, “A wordsmith of a writer who just so happens to have a knack for rock and roll." Gallo and his band – rounded out by bassist Joe Bisirri (who also co-produced and mixed the album) and drummer Dylan Sevey – will continue taking HEAVY META on the road this Fall with an appearance at Austin City Limits, an October tour supporting The Black Angels, a set at New Orleans’ Voodoo Fest, and a November run with Seattle-based trio Naked Giants. “I love touring,” Gallo says. “For me, the live show is the most alive and in-the-moment place on Earth. There is no time to overanalyze, and I just let things unfold in some sort of controlled chaos and surrender to what seems right in the present moment.” Please see below for full tour details.
Prior to the album’s release, Vice’s music site Noisey premiered it in its entirety and stated that HEAVY META “is Fun and Dark and Garage and Psychedelic and Nice as Hell.” Read their Q&A with Gallo Here. NPR Music previously premiered the video for his single “Please Yourself,” which can be seen Here. On the night of Saturday, November 19th, 2016 Ron, his band, and director Joshua Shoemaker loaded a PA system and bolted their gear to a small wooden stage in the back of a Ford F-150 truck and shot the video in the middle of downtown Nashville’s busiest intersection. Shot entirely in one take, NPR Music stated “In the spoken-word manifesto Gallo delivers before jumping on the truck, he raises an eyebrow at his generation for creating legacies that add up to no more than ‘an impressive collection of digital remarks.’ Gallo’s noisy tricksterism is designed to counter such surface stuff. He succeeded for three-minutes plus on Lower Broadway; this kid, the video portends, can and might do anything.” Additionally, American Songwriter premiered the video for the album track “Kill The Medicine Man,” which can be seen Here, while Brooklyn Vegan premiered the first video from the record for “Young Lady, You’re Scaring Me” Here.
Ron Gallo HEAVY META Track Listing
1. Young Lady, You’re Scaring Me
2. Put The Kids To Bed
3. Kill The Medicine Man
4. Poor Traits Of The Artist
5. Why Do You Have Kids
6. Please Yourself
7. Black Market Eyes
8. Can’t Stand You
9. Started A War
10. Don’t Mind The Lion
11. All The Punks Are Domesticated