Exclusive Song Premiere: Toy Soldiers —"Forget How It Used To Be"

Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "Forget How It Used To Be," a new song by Philadelphia-based Toy Soldiers.

The track is from the band's new album, The Maybe Boys, which will be released September 10. The album, which was produced by Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Man Man), will be distributed by The Orchard.

Consisting of Ron Gallo (lead vocals/guitar/harmonica), Bill McCloskey (bass/vocals), Luke Leidy (keys/vocals), Matt Kelly (guitar) and Dominic Billett (drums/vocals), Toy Soldiers have been earning a reputation for their raw live shows. Gallo doesn’t let getting whacked in the head and bleeding profusely stop their performance.

“For me, getting on a stage is really surrendering to whatever plans the wild beast of the show and the people in the room have in store," he says. "It's like throwing yourself in a raging sea of variables or hopping on a moving train.

"Even if you get whacked in the face with a guitar and are bleeding all over or your amplifier explodes or your having a bad day, it's your responsibility to the audience and the show that overrides anything that may try to stop it and so it must go on.”

For more about Toy Solders, visit OhNoToySoldiers.com and their Facebook page. Check out the album's complete track listing and the band's current tour dates below the Soundcloud player!

The Maybe Boys Track Listing

  • 01.Tell the Teller
  • 02.Been Here All My Days
  • 03.Heart in a Mousetrap
  • 04.Forget How it Used to Be
  • 05.This Old Town
  • 06.Red Dress
  • 07.I’m Your Woman
  • 08.Away We Go
  • 09.Maybe
  • 10.Weeping Willow
  • 11.Laughing Pain
  • 12. Tomorrow to Today

Toy Soldiers Tour Dates:

Sep 09 Lancaster, PA @ The Fridge
Sep 11 New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall - NYC Album Release Party
Sep 12 Somerville, MA @ The Precinct - Boston Album Release Party
Sep 13 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's - Philly Album Release Party
Sep 14 Pawtucket, RI @ DUDESMASH 2 (presented by Deer Tick & WBRU)
Sep 19 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
Sep 20 Ypsilanti, MI @ Woodruff's
Sep 21 Chicago, IL @ Oaktoberfest (2:30)
Sep 21 Chicago, IL @ Tonic Room (8:00)
Sep 24St. Louis, MO@ Old Rock House (w/Truth & Salvage Co.)
Sep 26 Cincinnati, OH @ Midpoint Music Festival
Sep 28 Pottstown, PA @ Sly Fox Can Jam
Oct 03 Carrboro, NC @ The Station
Oct 04 Charlotte, NC @ The Visulite (w/Sons of Bill)
Oct 08 Athens, GA @ Green Room
Oct 09 Nashville, TN @ Stone Fox
Oct 10 Blacksburg, VA @ Sycamore Deli
Oct 12 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
Oct 17New York, NY@ CMJ (venue TBA)
Oct 23 Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground w/ Joe Fletcher
Oct 24 New Haven, CT @ Cafe Nine w/ Joe Fletcher
Oct 25 Brooklyn, NY @ Union Hall
Oct 26 York, PA @ Strand-Capitol Theatre
Nov 03 Fairfax, VA @ Only About The Music - Artists for Autism
Nov 08 Birmingham, AL @ Avondale Brewing Company
Nov 09New Orleans, LA@ Gasa Gasa

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums. He now plays in two NYC-area bands.