Ron Gallo shares his long-awaited LP, Peacemeal, out now on New West Records. Titled to describe the creative process making it – kind of like color-blocking or patchwork in fashion. Coming from a year off after a non-stop grind to step back, breathe and attempt to piece together all aspects of himself – resulting in a colorful hodgepodge of pop, jazz, 90’s hip-hop, lo-fi/hi-fi sounds, idiosyncratic guitar playing and for the first time – self-acceptance and at least the feeling of joy in his music. A departure all around for someone who has put out 3 records of intense, socially conscious garage/punk – maybe a sign of starting to find a little peace himself. Most of these songs were written and recorded during a period of self-isolation last summer when Gallo was forced back to America from Italy due to immigration issues where he had planned to stay with his now-wife and collaborator, Chiara, until she got her visa. A time that personally felt weirdly similar to everyone’s situation mid-pandemic less than a year later.
Covering topics of the warped idea of love in 2020 (“Hide Yourself Behind You)”), the beauty but also terror of finding real love because you know one day you will lose them (“Please Don’t Die”), embracing being an introvert and enjoying isolation but also going crazy after lack of human connection (“Wunday (Crazy After Dark))”, a fantasy about being rescued by your idols after being home alone on a Saturday night (“Saturday”), wanting to be anywhere but where you are (“Easter Island”), the strain on relationships from being gone constantly (“A Plate In My Honor”), seeing true colors in people when you step back from the hustle (“Can We Still Be Friends?”), an ironic play on cancel culture (“Cancelled!”) and a song of affirmation for feeling inferior or beaten down (“You Are Enough”).
Though Ron Gallo has been making music for more than a decade, this is just the beginning of im finding himself on an endless chase he’s been on forever. If the goal before was to try and change the world now it’s about changing and embracing oneself and trying to make people happy by just being whatever that is, and as always, find the humor in the heaviest human stuff.
LIVE IN “REAL LIFE” TOUR
May 5th – Brooklyn, NY – Sultan Room Rooftop % [SOLD OUT]
May 6th – Philadelphia, PA – Sunflower Philly
May 7th – Washington DC – Audiotree, Union Stage*
May 13th – Columbus, OH – Ace Of Cups, Outside %
May 15th – Nashville, TN – Basement, Outside %
* Livestream Only || % 2 Shows