The Toy Soldiers from good old Philadelphia looks as if they have put themselves in the toy chest, well at least for now! They have been creating their own extremely lively brand of Blues, rock n’ roll and soul sounds for over five years and they have decided to take a break for an undetermined length of time, thus leaving a question mark as to whether they will be back in the future, but I’m sure you will agree they will certainly be missed.
It took a while as mist things do when setting up, they went through numerous musicians until they found their final five leaving the line up as follows;
Ron Gallo on Vocals, Guitar and Harmonica Dominic Billet is banging hard on the Drums as well as Vocal and the Accordion Bill McCloskey on Base Guitar and Vocals Matt Kelly on Guitar Luke Leidy is on The Piano, the Organ and Vocals
They are well known throughout the states as a Blues, Rock n’ Roll Soul Band and their music and sound is 100% their own, their songs are written in house by most if not all the band members at one time or another.
There last Album “The maybe Boys” was a great example of their lively style and it was largely their own work with a few guest musicians as follows;
Ali Wadsworth- Backup Vocals Vinchelle Woods-Backup Vocals Reed Kendall- Acoustic Guitar Pat Hughes- Trumpet Larry Toft- Trombone Ben Vinci- Clarinet It was released in September 2013 and is another great example of their soulful brand of Rock n’ Roll with a Blues twist, I loved their sound the first time I heard them playing and it would be a tragedy if this band failed to get together in the near future.
They have played in every type of venue imaginable, from the local bars around Philadelphia to festivals and concerts throughout the United States.
Their music is sold largely through Bandcamp Accounts which is a free app which you can download when you make a purchase and then you can support a band or an artist and have repeat downloads on your phones or tablets as well as receive updates on new releases etc. It sounds similar to itunes but maybe a little cheaper.
They produced an article say farewell with little if any reason for the breakup, maybe they git worn out with their fast paced playing and the constant travelling they did, but they did go on to say a little about what the future holds for each band member.
Ron Gallo is said to be continuing with his own production which is his own album entitled Ronny, see below for more on that one.
Dom Billet and Matt Kelly will go forwards with their own projects with their psychedelic Blues & Punk sounds, last year they opened up for the blues rocker Patrick Sweaney with more to follow no doubt. Dom is also plans ahead to backing Andrew Combs in Europe, Dietrich Strause in the Northeast, then he will continue travelling and backing numerous artists as well as producing some of his own work in due course.
Matt Kelly has been busy curating and completing a couple of projects one of them is “Spooky Suitcase” and the other is not yet titled.
The Don, Ron & Matt will have completed the Beach Binge Tour by now which was running down the East Coast from South Carolina to Rhode Island with Joe Fletcher and Andrew Combs
Beach Binge Tour
So as you can see they were mostly planning to continue playing in one form or another without ruling a comeback tour at some point. Meanwhile fans will have to make do with the Toy Soldiers existing albums
Their first album was “Whisper Down The Lane” and was described as “a gritty, dirty collection of liquor-fueled Americana music shifting flawlessly from roots to blues, to country, to rockabilly in an undeniable barn burner”by WXPN’s Bruce Warren.
Next up came the self produced “Get Through The Time” EP was a look into a more pensive, heartfelt side of song writing. Then followed “The Midweek Mountain Getaway” This was recorded live with fellow artist Jordan Hull which fully showed the live aspect of the band.
The next complete album to be released was “The Maybe Boys” This album was produced and recorded by Bill Moriarty and was shown to bridge the gap between all the bands previous efforts to date and combined the bands eclectic song writing style plus the explosive energy coming through with the live show’s
The band was named “Top Bands To Watch in 2013” by USA Today
Ron Gallo is going to carry on himself as well as with new musicians in fact he has already produced a new Album called Ronny and once again this can be found on Bandcamp.