Union Transfer


Cheers Elephant, Toy Soldiers

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Cheers Elephant

Toy Soldiers


Fri, July 18, 2014

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Union Transfer

Philadelphia, PA


This event is all ages

Cheers Elephant
Cheers Elephant
Dubbed, "Chew it up, Spit it out, Rock and Roll", Cheers Elephant is a tight, rootsy, psychedelic poprock quartet from Philadelphia, PA. Digging deep into three part harmonies and pop song arrangements, Cheers has a sound that'll make your dad's toe tap, your mom's hip shake, and your sister's heart throb. And the live show? Some say it's something close to the devil, God, or cocaine.

On May 8th, 2012, Cheers Elephant played The Apple Store Philadelphia for the official release of their third record, Like Wind Blows Fire. The record was extremely well received as it charted well on the CMJ indie charts . The track 'Leaves' hit #4 on Hype Machine and featured on We Are Hunted, NPR, Ex.FM, Good Music All Day, and Spotify. Cheers has shared the stage with acts like Mayer Hawthorne, Rubblebucket, The Go! Team, The Walkmen, Darwin Deez, Jefferson Starship, The Mother Hips, and more. So, why not take a sip of Cheers Elephant? The buzz is good.
Toy Soldiers
Toy Soldiers
Toy Soldiers – a lively & hard-working band formed in 2007 by frontman Ron Gallo, started out as just a duo, fluctuated between a cast of upwards of 12 players, then eventually settled into a solid 5-piece who love a good song and dance with no pretense or wall between the band and audience (as members often times ending up in the crowd). The group, consisting of Gallo (lead vocals, guitar), Dominic Billett (drums), Bill McCloskey (bass), Matt Kelly (guitar), and Luke Leidy (keys), spent most of 2012 playing hundreds of shows up and down the East Coast and in their hometown of Philadelphia, tearing through dive bars, festival stages and even theaters with their soulful brand of rock n' roll music.

Their first record, Whisper Down the Lane was described by WXPN’s Bruce Warren as a "gritty, dirty collection of liquor-fueled Americana music, shifting flawlessly from roots, to blues, to country, to rockabilly…an undeniable barn-burner."

The follow-up, self-produced Get Through the Time EP was a look into the more pensive and heartfelt side of songwriting; and Toy Soldiers’ latest release, Midweek Mountain Getaway a split EP recorded all live with good friend & Nashville artist Jordan Hull, embraces the communal, live aspect of the band.

2013 will see the beginning of a new chapter, with the Fall release of their second full-length, entitled The Maybe Boys. The album was recorded with producer Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Man Man) and bridges the gap between all of their previous efforts, combining the group's earnest and eclectic songwriting style with the explosive energy of their live show.

Named one of the “Top Bands to Watch in 2013” by USA Today, Toy Soldiers’ have no intention of slowing their roll as they move ahead into the year, continuing to spread the music and inevitable good times.
Cheerleader began as a bedroom project of longtime friends and roommates Joe Haller and Chris Duran, who recorded a series of demos via GarageBand. The Connecticut natives moved to Philadelphia and completed the full band lineup in 2013. Cheerleader is:

Joe Haller – Vocals/Guitar

Chris Duran – Guitar

Joshua Pannepacker – Keys/Guitar

Paul Impellizeri – Bass

Carl Bahner – Drums


“A charming mix of lo-fi guitar grunge, The Beach Boys’ good vibes, and Wavves-inspired nonchalance.” – MTV Buzzworthy

“Play if you rate New Order at their early 90s best.” – NME

“Gorgeous lo-fi sound” – Line of Best Fit

“Timeless… like all good indie-pop should be.” – When the Gramaphone Rings

“Brit-pop siphoned through shoegaze and reflected in a shiny disco ball… pure pop fun.” – XPN The Key

“Grand, solid, and rich with complexity… they barrel over you with Ronnie Spector and Beach Boys tones.” – Philadelphia Weekly

“With irrepressible guitar jangles and day-shining synths, [Cheerleader] leaves you in a state of pure crush.” 4-star review, Orlando Weekly
Venue Information:
Union Transfer
1026 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19123