- Start: 15 March 2014 8:00 pm
Some amazing Americana is coming to The Half Moon! Special co-headline of two serious, up-and-coming bands: Tallahassee and Toy Soldiers, with special guests These Wild Plains supporting.
The New England-based roots rock band, Tallahassee takes it’s name from a Native American word meaning, “old town.” Tallahassee strives to pioneer uncharted sonic territory, harnessing diverse influences ranging from indie to classic rock, folk and blues all filtered through bandmembers’ diverse backgrounds in professional football, fine art and classical music.
Tallahassee’s latest effort, Old Ways, draws inspiration from theband’s dynamic and energetic live shows. Over a year-and-a-half in the making, Old Ways showcases a broader sonic palette as well as the most adventurous songs the band has ever written.
Jealous Hands, Tallahassee’s 2011 debut album, garnered attention from taste-making blogs (Urban Outfitters, My Old Kentucky Blog, Daytrotter, The Deli) as well as NPR and college radio alike, appearing on the CMJ Top-200 chart for five weeks.
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.www.ohnotoysoldiers.com
Raised on rock & roll from New England and Virginia, all the way to New Mexico. Cultivated in Cambridge and baptized in bourbon, we are These Wild Plains.
Esquire Magazine says of These Wild Plains that “these guys are in the process of cutting a record, and if the 7″ and singles put forth by Boston’s latest addition to the vintage rock variety offer up a sneak preview to what 2014 has in store for them, we’re all ears. Growling guitars, twangy solos, strong vocals, an unshakeable resolve to make the kind of rock and roll they want to even if it sounds like it could be dusted off from 1973 — These Wild Plains are just getting started, and 2014 will be the year the match head lit.”