Scrappy Philadelphia rocker Ron Gallo has announced his second album Stardust Birthday Party for release on October 5th through New West. He introduces the new album by saying "Stardust Birthday Party is about human evolution. Specifically, one human's evolution: mine, Ron Gallo. That’s the name my parents gave me. Hi." In fact, he has a lot more to tell us about the album, which you can read at the bottom of this post.

The first track to be released from the album is 'It's All Gonna Be OK'. Gallo says by way of explanation: "all feeling, thought and experience is temporary. It could be in one second or 20 years but, to trust that it’s all going exactly as it should is true and liberating. i like to remind myself of this often and figured might as well share this thought with others via a mostly one chord song featuring my trumpet debut heard in the outro of the song. “It’s All Gonna Be OK” is the main message, and Stardust Birthday Party is me explaining WHY?...from my own experience looking inside.”

Just as the thought "it's all gonna be OK" seems simple on the surface, but soon opens up into a bunch of mysterious trapdoors when you think about it deeper, Gallo's song seems like a simple garage-rock stormer, but is actually a 3-minute typhoon of musical and lyrical ideas. While 'It's All Gonna Be OK' rampages forward, Gallo rattles off observations about the state of society, but ties it all back to that main mantra. When the song takes a pause, you think it's done, but the ever-playful Gallo has a delightfully lackadaisical and jazzy outro in store - just the salve needed for the end of this blistering track. Check it out below.

Ron Gallo's second album Stardust Birthday Party comes out through New West on October 5th. Here's Ron's full introduction to himself and the album:

Stardust Birthday Party is about human evolution. Specifically, one humans evolution: mine, Ron Gallo. That’s the name my parents gave me. Hi. At one point, I was a very lost mid-twenties person living in Philadelphia, in a relationship with someone struggling with mental health issues and crippling heroin addiction. I was asleep. I didn’t know how to handle my life. I was also writing songs for HEAVY META - my “frustrated with humanity” album. I laugh about it all now, but at the time it all felt like an absolute nightmare. It was the perfect doorway to look inside the place I’d been avoiding forever: myself.

"Stardust Birthday Party is about what is happening underneath all of this life stuff. My path inward. The details of my path are pointless because everyone’s path is different. It is about me sitting with myself for the first time and confronting the big question “WHAT AM I, REALLY?” It’s about the love and compassion for all things that enters when you find out you are nothing and everything. I think at one point I wanted to change the world, but now I know I can only change myself, or rather just strip away everything that is not me to reveal the only thing that’s ever been there. And that’s what this album is about, it’s me dancing while destroying the person I thought I was, and hopefully forever.

"In the liner notes of John Coltrane’s album A Love Supreme (which we pay tribute to on this album) he wrote: “During the year 1957, I experienced, by the grace of God, a spiritual awakening which was to lead me to a richer, fuller, more productive life. At that time, in gratitude, I humbly asked to be given the means and privilege to make others happy through music."

"That’s it. That is the pure essence of creativity. Someone embodying what they have realized about themselves and the world that surrounds them. That is why this album exists. Thank you for letting me share this with you." -Ron Gallo