Ron Gallo

Ron Gallo

Drag Sounds, Secretary Pool

Monday, February 27, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

Tickets at the Door

Ron Gallo
Ron Gallo
An Open Letter from Ron Gallo to Humanity:
(Shredding. Speaking. Writing. Thinking. Reading.)
I straddle the fence between two mindsets –
1. The world is completely fucked and,
2. The universe is inside you.
I have probably spent too much time being
pissed off and upset with humanity; how far
we’ve let ourselves go. Just another
millennial guy with large hair trying in
earnest to take on the weight of the
world; taking passionate and hypercritical
walks down city blocks, somehow totally
aware and above the illusion, overflowing
with informed negativity to destroy the
illusion and only feeding it.
Besides a couple of years of emotional and
mental turmoil, loss, confusion, breakdown
and internal growth what did all of that ever
get me? Well, it gave me this record called “HEAVY META” and it is the first few
findings from my guerilla treasure hunt for bullshit, both outside and within. Ethos
meets pathos.
There is nothing about reading this bio that will achieve its only goal - to further
acquaint you with the music. I suggest you put the phone down, come to a show
and make up your own mind. You work hard, or don’t work at all; but the search for
purpose and meaning is real and the need to relate, release and rage is just as
visceral. And though I can’t control what you think, maybe, JUST MAYBE, I can
spark some emotion that might unite us in tacit understanding through the language
of music – where the words “fuck yeah” say everything.
Just the existence of a biography in someway makes it seem like my life is more
interesting than your life - far from the truth. I am more interested in YOU, and
how we connect that to the WE; that is the reason why I put this stuff out there.
These songs - whether they’re about the time I saw a mother’s cigarette ash falling
onto her child’s head in a stroller, or the wars we start within ourselves or, the
domestication of punks - they immortalize images and moments in this singular
existence that seem to hold a more universal truth than what is taken at face
value. And for all this I have nothing but gratitude for the process that lead me to
create this album - the 4,929,647 album of all time.

…is 11 tracks of lyrical confrontation and laughter for cynics laid down roughly on
a bed of fuzz, chaotic structures and primal sounds evoked from a red Fender jaguar
electric guitar - there is bass, there are drums and not much else besides the
occasional icing (no artificial colors or dyes). It’s not comfortable and easily
pinpointed and I’m sure that will create an issue for the desire for neat little boxes
we have grown to love. On my shelf currently there is a Mahalia Jackson record
sandwiched between “Funhouse” by The Stooges and Minor Threat. Lately on long
drives, we’ve been deep into the Eckhart Tolle audiobook for “A New Earth”, a
variety of comedy podcasts (specify), our friends and bands in our new adopted
home of Nashville, stand-up specials and revisiting 90’s hits - oh, and listening to
our own record a lot to make sure the mixes are right on car speakers. My bedroom
window curtains are orange. We tour in a maroon SUV. The band, RG3, consists of
Joe Bisirri on bass and Dylan Sevey on drums.
If you’ve made it this far, now might be a good time to go over some pretty boring
backstory to create further context for the “assets” of my “brand”:
I was in a band called Toy Soldiers for about 8 years that started as a drum/guitar
duo between my longtime friend from middle school and I, fluctuated into a 12-
piece freak show and then eventually a solid 5-piece rock and roll group. I consider
that brand my musical training wheels. It was the reason one night in 2007 I
realized in a low ceiling south Philadelphia basement that maybe one day I could be
a singer. We barreled around the country many times, made many mistakes, had
good times and eventually played our last show in August of 2014. Shortly
thereafter I started a label called American Diamond Recordings and put out a
record called “RONNY”, the cover is my face with a slice of pizza on it and it
sounds like an island vacation. I didn’t know what I was doing when I made it. I
still don’t know what I’m doing and I plan on keeping it that way.
The only thing I do know is that I want to use music to reflect the times and as a
primary outlet for me to become a total psychopath on stage, challenge myself and
talk about potentially heavy real world things, call you out, then maybe we can even
hug after the show. I am forever grateful for this life and anyone that ever comes to
a show, buys a record and wants to have a real conversation. I have no idea where
things are going, but I know it’s best to grow with them and be okay with whatever
happens. As for right now, it seems like a great time to WAKE UP, put all of
ourselves into it, acknowledge our own personal limitless value and beauty and if I
can be any part in that, well then, awesome. Thank you.
Drag Sounds
Drag Sounds
Starting out on burgundy and then hitting the higher stuff, Drag Sounds came from North Carolina, in the South. Trevor Reece and Mike Wallace met as sidemen in a series of un-classy rock combos and questionable personal judgments. Sharing an affinity for twin guitars and loudness bliss, they got Big Star tattoos and took the road more rattled. 5 years on and more band members than two hands can count, they've gotten used to still existing, which is mostly what they know how to do. With one elbow in downtown NYC circa 1970s, long legs stalking Memphis streets and scrounging for drinks backstage at the Stones, their primitive, satisfying brand of direct rock and roll has so far been captured on two proper LPS, and seen live on stages across the American East and South. Today they team with their brother Ezra Noble on the drums, and Drag Sounds plays a new sonic for different times.

Their newest catalogue addition, "Sudden Comfort" was recorded in their adopted home of Baltimore, MD by the one-of-a-kind Jordan Romero. It was mastered next door by Mickey Freeland, who has credits with Sharon Van Etten, Flock of Dimes and Lower Dens. The record is about experience and making sense of it using guitars and drums, 8 tunes of which you've heard some but not all, and PS, it's better loud.

See DS on tour as much as they can!!
Secretary Pool
Secretary Pool
Venue Information:
Local 506
506 W. Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC, 27516