Fri Jul 13, 2018
Headlining: Ron Gallo
I sat in vans a lot this past year because at one point in time I was frustrated with humanity (but really myself) and from that came an album called “HEAVY META”. Apparently the sentiment resonated more with people in 2016 then when I wrote those songs in my apartment in Philadelphia in 3-4 years before that (probably because the current political and social climate) so suddenly that darkness turned into doing a lot of stuff I always wanted to do but never thought I would or could - like travel around with my friends, Joe Bisirri (bass) and Dylan Sevey (drums) and play shows for people with bands we love in places all over the world: Naked Giants, White Reaper, The Black Angels, Twin Peaks, Thee Oh Sees, Hurray For the Riff Raff to name a few.
“Write what you know!” They say.
Okay. 2017: Being constantly on highways, in vans, on planes, on stages, in greenrooms, on guestlists, turning a person into a brand, turning a real life human moment into a song into content into an asset to be monetized, talking to people about myself and stuff I wrote 3 years ago, watching it all unfold in the public eye from a phone in a van on a highway heading to a stage.
Do all that. Get back home for days at a time. Seek solitude. Friends and family and acquaintances followed along on Instagram. They think it looked glamorous out there “living the dream.” They ask me all about it, but I know the truth - it’s boring and unrelatable to identify as a musician rather than just a human - so I don’t have much to say about it besides “it happened” and it wasn’t what I thought it would be and it was beautiful and I am grateful but mostly this whole world of pursuing music and the music business is hilarious and none of it really matters in the grand scheme of things.” So the way I process all that is through an EP called “Really Nice Guys” which came out 1/19/18 on New West Records.
On it you can find auto-tune, tantrums about algorithms, songs featuring iPhone tabla about being on a guestlist, underwhelming solos, a song called "YouTubular" and the true star of the whole thing: my moms boyfriend, Jerry, who we secretly captured candidly talking about the EP and made it the lead vocal on "Pull Quote" the EP's closing track.
For more perspective on yourself - Google image: “Earth”
Boom, ya gone,
With love, see you soon,
ONA IS AND INDIE-ROCK BAND COMPRISED OF LONGTIME FRIENDS BRAD GOODALL (KEYS), BRADLEY JENKINS (VOCALS/GUITAR), ZACH JOHNSTON (BASS), MAX NOLTE (DRUMS), AND ZACK OWENS (GUITAR).
THE BAND FORMED IN LATE 2013 AND ARE BASED IN HUNTINGTON, WV. ONA'S DEBUT RECORD 'AMERICAN FICTION' REACHED CRITICAL SUCCESS APPEARING ON NPR BEST OF LISTS, SIRIUS RADIO AIRPLAY, AND A SPOT ON NATIONALLY SYNDICATED RADIO PROGRAM MOUNTAIN STAGE.
FROM NEW YORK CITY TO BIRMINGHAM, AL THE FIVE PIECE UNIT HAS GARNERED A FAITHFUL FAN BASE ON THE EAST COAST AND MIDWEST REGIONS. THE BAND RECENTLY SIGNED WITH NEW FRONTIER TOURING BASED IN NASHVILLE, TN AND PLANS TO EXPAND THEIR TIME ON THE ROAD IN 2018.
CURRENTLY THE BAND IS WORKING WITH ATHENS, GA BASED PRODUCER/ENGINEER, DREW VANDENBERG (OF MONTREAL, TORO Y MOI, DRIVE BY TRUCKERS) AT CHASE PARK TRANSDUCTION STUDIO. THEIR FORTHCOMING ALBUM WILL BE RELEASED IN 2018, NO OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE YET.