Ron Gallo debuted his latest record, an EP titled Really Nice Guys, on Jan. 18 via New West Records, as a followup his 2017 release HEAVY META, which took home our title of best local record of last year. The new EP is largely a satirical and playful commentary on his experience in the music industry. Gallo explains, “Being constantly on highways, in vans, on planes, on stages, in green rooms, on guest lists, 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.”
Gallo had a couple of local release events (at Grimeys and Vinyl Tap), and those shows, along with other various locales in Nashville now serve as a hysterical mini rock-doc by Gallo, his bandmates, and a number of his team at his New West label. The doc plays on some of the general industry jokes as noted above, but it also teases Ron exploring his true journey to become a jazz musician and skateboarder.
The video begins with an announcement that “Ron Gallo, international rock icon, is releasing his last rock album. In hopes to either explore jazz or make a career out of skateboarding, this documentary is a raw, intimate look into the last days before the release of his magnum opus.”
As we wind through the days leading up to the release of Really Nice Guys, the video stops into Ron’s house for a jazz jam session that has his roommate considering his future, some more Gallo’s sweet skateboarding moves, and visits to Grimeys, New West’s office, Vinyl Tap, and quite a bit of time in Kroger.
The video wraps with the overly confident statement of undeniable success, “Despite staggeringly low ticket sales, a worried label, and concerned bandmates, Ron Gallo continues to surprise audiences around the world with his musical conglomerate, fusing jazz with rock and the pro skater appearance.”
Head below for 20 minutes of awkward bliss, as you spend some time with the uber talented (in jazz and skating) Ron Gallo.