“Yucca Valley Marshalls” By Ron Gallo

"Yucca Valley Marshalls" by Ron Gallo is Northern Transmissions Song of the Day
"Yucca Valley Marshalls" by Ron Gallo is Northern Transmissions Song of the Day

Ron Gallo recently released “Yucca Valley Marshalls” the latest single off his forthcoming album, Foreground Music , available March 3, 2023 via Kill Rock Stars. With the new song, Gallo reflects on a solo west coast trip. After roaming around Los Angeles by himself, he found that LA can be the loneliest place on the planet if you are an outsider. He shares, “I took that feeling with me on a day trip to Joshua Tree and ended up stopping at the Marshalls in Yucca Valley. There’s something really sad and hilarious about seeing a glowing Marshalls sign in the middle of the desert but since chain stores are all the same inside I took it as an opportunity for some familiarity. We recorded this song mostly live in a studio in upstate NY and added that mellotron part later at home which became my favorite part of the whole recording.”

With his new album, Gallo screams at the developers turning neighborhoods into unremarkable AirBnB advertisements, corporate overlords deciding how much music costs, and extremists hellbent on bringing forth an apocalypse of racial and civil destruction. It confronts the villains of our society and helps those crushed by them by finding a way to laugh at the absurdity of it all. Over the course of 11 songs, Gallo displays what Ann Powers once called “literate electricity.” It moves from fuzz to lounge jazz to freaky pop to post-punk and back again to rollicking, truly FUN rock music, all the while taking aim at any and everything. He takes aim at male entitlement, the age of anxiety, apathy vs. action, gentrification, narcissism, retail therapy, xenophobia, the dread of future generations, right wing extremists, capitalism, climate change and the experience of having a loved-one who is an addict.

Gallo has toured with the likes of Spoon, Parquet Courts, Ty Segall, Hurray For the Riff Raff, Twin Peaks, The Black Angels, Thee Oh Sees, Caroline Rose, Wilco, J. Mascis, Courtney Barnett, and Post Animal. He has also made festival appearances at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Governor’s Ball, Austin City Limits, Pukkelpop, Osheaga, Shakey Knees, Best Kept Secret, Levitation, Forecastle, and Hangout.

Ron Gallo 2022-2023 Tour Dates
North America

12/21: Millersville, PA @ Phantom Power
1/27: Edmonton, AB @ Winterruption YEG (with Shame, Fucked Up, A. Savage, Holy Fuck and more)
1/28: Calgary, AB @ Big Winter Classic (with Shame, Fucked Up, A. Savage, Holy Fuck, Nick Thune and more)
3/15-3/19: Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/19: Fort Worth, TX @ Tulips’ SXSW Spillover w/ Indigo De Souza, Enumclaw, Runnner
4/5: Boston, MA @ The Middle East (Upstairs)
4/6: Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right (early show)
4/7: Washington, DC @ Songbyrd
4/8: Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
4/11: Nashville, TN @ Basement East
4/12: Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s
4/13: Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
4/14: Lexington, KY @ The Burl
4/15: Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
4/29: Murcia, ES @ Warm Up Festiva
4/30: Lessines, BE @ Roots & Roses
5/1: Koln, DE @ Bumann & Sohn
5/2: Munchen, DE @ Milla
5/4: Zurich, CH @ Bogen F
5/5: Monthey, CH @ Pont Rouge
5/6: Arlon, BE @ Les Aralunaires
5/9: Nantes, FR @ Stereolux
5/10: Roche Sur Yon, FR @ Quai M
5/11: Bordeaux, FR @ Georges Brassens
5/12: Donosti, ES @ Debedaba
5/13: Lugo, ES @ Fa Ce La Festival
5/14: Madrid, ES @ Wurlitzer Ballroom
5/15: Barcelona, ES @ Sala Upload
5/17: Paris, FR @ Hasard Ludique
5/18: Nijmegen, NL @ Merelyn
5/19: Groningen, NL @ Vera
5/20: Amsterdam, NL @ London Calling
5/23: Copenhagen, DE @ Rust
5/24: Malmo, SE @ Plan B
5/25: Berlin, DE @ Urban Spree
5/26: Hamburg, DE @ Nochtspeicher

Pre-order Foreground Music by Ron Gallo HERE


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