Toy Soldiers – The Maybe Boys

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Best of 2013: The Swollen Fox

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“The Maybe Boys is Toy Soldiers’ second official LP, but it’s the first with its current five-piece lineup—one of the hardest-working and most talented bands in the city. After two years of touring together, this well-oiled machine of a band shines together on a rollickingly fun album.”
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Watch Tower Music Blog

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“The band has evolved quite a bit over the years, how do you think recording with Bill Moriarty (responsible for the rise of Dr. Dog and Man Man in the Philly Music Scene) has affected the dynamic?”
“Working with Bill was like the fine lacquer put on a wooden sculpture of a hurricane monster and other pretentious, nonsensical metaphors that I made up. Bill really helped sculpt and guide the band. His biggest philosophy in the studio is “to maximize the talent of the people in the room”. He wanted to bring the most out of the 5 of us. Sometimes we we’re all singing and playing parts on instruments we weren’t familiar with but it worked. We sound like the record now, a lot of it was done live, and hopefully we got the live energy across.”
http://watchtowermusicblog.com/features/2013/2/17/toy-soldiers

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Philly.com The 10 best local albums of 2013

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“Rarely do you find an album that is immediately as fun to listen to as Toy Soldiers’ 2013 effort, The Maybe Boys. Rockabilly comes to mind, but what we’re really talking about here is Americana–and Toy Soldiers are experts in the subject. From within seconds of hearing frontman Ron Gallo croon out the lyrics to shred-worthy opener “Tell the Teller,” it’s clear that these guys are here to make you shake your tail feather. And shake your tail feather you will.”
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The Music Obsession

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“Toy Soldiers are a pleasant surprise and a nice change of pace. The Maybe Boys is a charming, rousing album – it’s something you wish you could experience live. (Don’t miss out on their east cost fall tour!) My guess is it’s not something you would usually find yourself listening to, but my advice is to put it on, take the road less traveled and let it take you on the great American adventure.”
The Music Obsession
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Album Release Review by The Key WXPN

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“…Toy Soldiers released their newest record, The Maybe Boys, this past Tuesday and celebrated last night with a sold-out release party at Johnny Brenda’s last night. Overheard within the crowd before the five-piece took stage: “I’ve never seen so many people I don’t know but from seeing them at Toy Soldier’s shows.” Said crowder noticed the Levee Drivers, TJ Kong, and members of the Get Real Gang in the attendance…On stage and off — it was the same energy, same confidence through and through. Absolutely everyone is dancing, from front man Ron Gallo on stage and members of the audience, who whip each other around frenzied-like. It’s no wonder about the beer thing, no one’s worried about a little spilled beer.”

By  for The Key WXPN
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