Toy Soldiers

Johnny Brenda's Presents

Toy Soldiers

Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Pre-show screening of "The Maybe Trails" - a documentary film

Fri, April 19, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

All shows are 21+ Proper I.D. required for admission

Facebook comments:

Toy Soldiers - (Set time: 10:45 PM)
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.
Holy Ghost Tent Revival - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Holy Ghost Tent Revival
Holy Ghost Tent Revival, based in Greensboro, NC, has swept away audiences over the past five years and built a reputation for energetic, tightly crafted music with meaningful lyrics presented in signature memorable, passionate performances. It is this music that moved Chris Hillman from The Flying Burrito Brothers to exclaim "Man! You guys have really got something," as he watched from offstage at the Loveless Café in Nashville. This feeling manifests itself in the band's second full length album,Sweat Like the Old Days. Listeners will find the group maturing away from their blend of Dixieland- and ragtime inspired folk rock into a more electric, horn and rock driven sound.

Their first release from 2008, So Long I Screamed, is indicative of the national folk explosion taking hold of musicians at that time. Essentially an acoustic album, it has the ring of bluegrass, yet has all the sensibility and infectious energy of rock; an album chock full of driving horn sections, rich harmonies, and catchy melodies. This progression continued the next year with their second release, Family, enlisting A-list musicians to supply additional talent to their expanding electric sound. Here, the band allowed the tape to roll well before and after each take, and this laidback approach not only calls to mind the quality of an Alan Lomax field recording from the 1930s, but also invites listeners into the loose and raucous affair.

Since 2009, the band has played 300 dates per year up and down the East coast and as far west as Chicago and Austin, headlining festivals like Shakori Hills, Bele Chere, and Bristol Rhythm & Roots. Withstanding the loss of their founding bassist in the fall of 2011, the band has nursed their sound after months in the studio into an even more concentrated rush of electric joy that may surprise listeners accustomed to vintage Ghost. Their third studio album, Sweat Like the Old Days, which was released in September 2012, reveals a group of songwriters producing mature, thoughtful lyrics atop lush arrangements. It is a wholly original sound, unshaken by change, which signals a bright and enduring future for years to come.
Pre-show screening of "The Maybe Trails" - a documentary film - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
- Last March, Toy Soldiers spent a month on the road barreling all over the U.S. from the tip of northern Vermont down to Austin, TX for SXSW and back (kind of). Along the way there was much mishaps, madness, wild times and extremely uneventful times. Filmmaker, Seth Klinger, followed the band during their journey and made a documentary. The film is soundtracked and scored by the band themselves featuring many teaser tracks from their forthcoming album, "The Maybe Boys"
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
http://www.johnnybrendas.com/