Premiere: Ron Gallo – “Put the Kids to Bed”
Plus, Gallo on Themes, Influences, & His American Diamond Recordings Label
Today, we're premiering Ron Gallo's "Put the Kids to Bed," a new track from a forthcoming compilation due out this April on Gallo's own American Diamond Recordings. It's a nasty--if infectious--garage pop blast with scalding, slash-and-burn guitars and a sense of humor wicked enough to match.
Additionally, Gallo was able to connect with us via email and share some thoughts on the song, American Diamond Recordings, his upcoming sophomore LP Heavy Meta, and more. Head below to listen to "Put the Kids to Bed" and check out the Q&A.
About "Put the Kids to Bed"
Gallo: "The dark, unspoken side of domestication, stale love, lies, being a robot, playing a role, becoming a stranger to yourself and the person you are with are a few of the things covered in "Put the Kids to Bed." Somewhere in there I find some odd humor in the heaviness and that's the thread that ties together the whole record, Heavy Meta.
"The Stooges "Funhouse", Richard Hell and the Voidoids, the feeling you get from a lot of early punk records, a variety of 60's surf/garage bands all filtered through a hyperactive kid that grew up in the 90's, and then an adult surrounded by the internet, screens and technology all while trying to capture the ferocity of the live show (the realest, most in the moment place I can find on earth). We get close but nothing beats being there in the room."
On the Upcoming Compilation Record
"With this compilation, I've been fortunate enough to gather up some of my favorite rock and roll music being made in Nashville (my new home), Philly (my old home), NYC, Providence and a few other cities I've spent some time in. The idea is to take myself and all the great music-makers I've toured or crossed paths with over the years and put it all in one place so that everyone can spread the others around, create a sense of community bound by like-mindedness, common desires, energies, styles, etc.
The other bands on the compilation are Tall Juan, NE-HI, Queen of Jeans, Happiness (mem. of Deer Tick), Okey Dokey (mem. of The Weeks), Ian Ferguson, Jordan Hull, The Minks, Charlie and the Evil Mothers, Ravi Shavi, Coin Purse and more coming soon. This is the first volume of a new compilation series to be released in April digitally and on cassette via American Diamond Recordings."
On American Diamond Recordings
"I started American Diamond Recordings in 2013, taking its name from the intersection of the original location of the labels headquarters, also the former Dr. Dog studio "Meth Beach" in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. It grew into a music collective run by a core group of Philadelphia based bands (Toy Soldiers, The Lawsuits, TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, and Levee Drivers) alongside artist manager Marley McNamara (The Districts, Pine Barons) and others. Since I've relocated to Nashville this year, I've refocused the label more on discovering and releasing all the best independent rock and roll music being made nationally with a focus on Philly, Nashville and NYC."
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