Toy Soldiers

Toy Soldiers – a lively & hard-working band formed in 2007 by frontman Ron Gallo, started out as just a duo, fluctuated between a cast of upwards of 12 players, then eventually settled into a solid 5-piece who love a good song and dance with no pretense or wall between the band and audience (as members often times ending up in the crowd). The group, consisting of Gallo (lead vocals, guitar), Dominic Billett (drums), Bill McCloskey (bass), Matt Kelly (guitar), and Luke Leidy (keys), spent most of 2012 playing hundreds of shows up and down the East Coast and in their hometown of Philadelphia, tearing through dive bars, festival stages and even theaters with their soulful brand of rock n' roll music.

Their first record, Whisper Down the Lane was described by WXPN’s Bruce Warren as a "gritty, dirty collection of liquor-fueled Americana music, shifting flawlessly from roots, to blues, to country, to rockabilly…an undeniable barn-burner."

The follow-up, self-produced Get Through the Time EP was a look into the more pensive and heartfelt side of songwriting; and Toy Soldiers’ latest release, Midweek Mountain Getaway a split EP recorded all live with good friend & Nashville artist Jordan Hull, embraces the communal, live aspect of the band.

2013 will see the beginning of a new chapter, with the Fall release of their second full-length, entitled The Maybe Boys. The album was recorded with producer Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Man Man) and bridges the gap between all of their previous efforts, combining the group's earnest and eclectic songwriting style with the explosive energy of their live show.

Named one of the “Top Bands to Watch in 2013” by USA Today, Toy Soldiers’ have no intention of slowing their roll as they move ahead into the year, continuing to spread the music and inevitable good times.

Safe Haven is an American rock duo with a deep-rooted history throughout the Chicago music scene. Although hard to pinpoint an exact date in which the band was formed, shows can be traced back to around 2003 where lead guitarist, Patrick Lyons started making a name for himself throughout the Chicago land area. Much of this period consisted of recording with different musicians throughout various music studios. It was during this time that Patrick met Tony Tabor (Drums.) The guitar and drum group has been playing shows ever since, with many different musicians from all over the country.

Patrick Lyons: Guitar/Vocals
Nicholas Stankus: Bass/Vocals
Tony Tabor: Drums/Percussion/Vocals

Cold Fronts are from Philadelphia. They are working on their second EP with Kyle Slick Johnson (the Hives, Wavves, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Modest Mouse). The songs on the album are some of the bands most ambitious work to date. It has been described by members as "raw".
Craig Almquist writes the songs and Alex Smith drums on them. The other two dudes change from time to time but currently Peter Helmis is on bass and Chris Baglivo (Doc Bag) is on guitar.
The band formed in 2011 and started performing shows/Dionysian Rites in West Philly at the infamous Rathaus, which was dubbed "Satan's dorm room" in the Philadelphia papers. The Rat was converted into fancy condos after two years of hard partying. Boo.
By 2012 the band had been supporting act for mewithoutYou, Free Energy, The Morning Benders, The Gay Blades, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr, + Vacationer. They recorded a Daytrotter Session and played a string of SXSW shows after camping (in a tent) in downtown Austin.
One time Andrew W.K. destroyed their drum set.
The band will be on the road in 2013, doing what bands do, playing live shows of material they have recorded. They will also def be eating pizza. Lots of pizza.

In less than a year the band has toured with mewithoutYou and The Gay Blades, performed sold out shows at the Mercury Lounge, and played a dozen shows at SXSW and CMJ.

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Toy Soldiers with Safe Haven, Cold Fronts

Saturday, September 21 · 8:00 PM at Tonic Room