“Top Band to Watch in 2013”
"With soul to spare, Toy Soldiers from Philly manage to blend power guitar and banjo with expressive drums and squealing lyrics: it is a package as vibrant as it is enticing for seasoned vets and newcomers. Culling country roots filtered through blues, Toy Soldiers will keep the new, fresh, old and reminiscent shuffling on the dance floor."
“the very difficult task of following Toy Soldiers, who had just brought the house down. Toy Soldiers roots-rocked out for over 40 minutes and had half the crowd shouting for an encore (but they were already over time). Charismatic frontman Ron Gallo, performing his fourth set of the day, was in top form. I had seen Toy Soldiers once before (albeit in a very different setting) and listened to their new EP, but it wasn’t until last night that I fully appreciated what this band can do. The band was incredibly tight, giving the indication that they practice tirelessly and take their music seriously. They also have a very talented frontman in Gallo, and the entire band brings an incredible amount of energy to the stage that infects the crowd immediately.”
“They've been through several lineup and stylistic switcheroos, but on this night they struck on a cool, shambling brand of dirtball blues, country, and soulful rockabilly. Their nice-guy vocals made them akin to a clean-shaven version of the Band. Good direction, that.”
“their first album called Whisper Down The Lane. It's a righteous collection of rootsy, jangly, scraggly, soulful indie inspired songs that bring to mind Shangri-La era Kinks, Nashville Skyline-era Dylan, Bright Eyes and the Black Keys, The Coasters and Carl Perkins. Rock it.”
“Toy Soldiers know how to win over their audience: great live performance, and strong lead vocals! Band leader Ron Gallo is in his early twenties, and already making a name for himself around town, singing his heart out along with his 7-piece backing band, Toy Soldiers.”
“If you didn't know Toy Soldiers was a young current band from Philly, you may even think they are from another era, like the Sun Records house band. The band isn't ashamed to harken back to the past, since they know how to twist the songs into their own howling version,”