Toy Soldiers have announced their Fall tour to coincide with the release of their second album, The Maybe Boys on September 10, 2013, distributed by Rocket Science Ventures.
Earning a reputation for their badass live show, singer Ron Gallo doesn’t let getting whacked in the head and bleeding profusely stop their performance.
“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.
Stream and share the stand-out track from the new album, “Tell the Teller” at https://soundcloud.com/toy-
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.”
Ron 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, unpolished, and raw live show that the band has earned a reputation for. Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Man Man) was enlisted to produce the recording.
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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?
TOY SOLDIERS JULY LIVE DATES
SUN Aug 11 Wilmington, DE @ Rockabillly Rumble @ World Café Live
FRI Aug 16 Philadelphia, PA @ Philadelphia Folk Festival
FRI Aug 23 Northampton, MA @ Northampton Summer Concert Series
SAT Aug 24 Kennett Square, PA @ Brandywine Folk Festival
SAT Sept 7 Millersville, PA @ Rock the Dock @ Millersville University
MON Sept 9 Lancaster, PA @ The Fridge
WED Sept 11 New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall
THU Sept 12 Somervile, MA @ The Precinct
FRI Sept 13 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s (Album Release Show)
SAT Sept 14 Pawtucket, RI @ Dudesmash 2
THU Sept 19 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
FRI Sept 20 Ypsilanti, MI @ Woodruff’s
SAT Sept 21 Chicago, IL @ Tonic Room
WED Oct 2 Richmond, VA @ The Camel
SAT Oct 5 Charleston, SC @ The Sparrow
TUE Oct 8 Athens, GA @ Green Room
THU Oct 10 Blacksburg, VA @ Sycamore Deli
SAT Oct 12 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
WED Oct 23 Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground (Lounge)
THU Oct 24 New Haven, CT @ Café Nine
FRI Oct 25 Brooklyn, NY @ Union Hall
SAT Oct 26 York, PA @ Strand-Capitol Theatre
SUN Nov 3 Fairfax, VA @ Auld Shebeen
FRI Nov 8 Birmingham, AL @ Avondale Brewing Co.
TOY SOLDIERS LINE UP
Ron Gallo – Lead Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica
Bill McCloskey – Bass, Vocals
Luke Leidy – Keys, Vocals
Matt Kelly – Guitar
Dominic Billett – Drums, Vocals