Debut Album ‘BAD NEWS’ By Boston’s Inflammable Garage Turbo THE GALA

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1 May 2020

THE GALA is a red-hot blooded garage rock turbo out of Boston, Massachusetts. with an appetite for sizzling crackerjacks and ferocious blasts, led by energetic frontwoman Emily Doran. Imagine Blondie on speed having an ass-kicking jam with 60s legends The Sonics. Fireworks guaranteed.

One year age this inflammable squad unleashed their bang-up debut longplayer. BAD NEWS rocks and rolls from the very start to finish with a series of speedy powerhouse slams. A headed and tempestuous record with a sultry organ adding extra fuel. A soul-healing journey inspired by Doran‘s unfortunate relationship breakdown which caused
the overall raging resonance and spitting force of this excellent LP. Want to know more about this crazed gang? Read Turn Up The Volume‘s interview with these motherrockers here and a track by track guide with Emily Doran here.

Before going apeshit there’s one more thing. Alternative music platform Bandcamp
is helping out tons of artists again. As the ongoing corona pandemic still has a dramatic impact on the music community Bandcamp waives their revenue shares for all sales,
from midnight to midnight PDT today, 1st May and also on Friday 5 June, and 3 July.
The Gala is one of those cool bands that deserve your support.

Purchase BAD NEWS right here…

THE GALA: Facebook

Boston’s Hefty Engine THE GALA Turns Into Whirlwind On New Cutting Single ‘GIMME GIMME’…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

5 September 2019

Boston’s blustery garage rockers THE GALA are back with a new whirlwind slam called ‘GIMME GIMME‘. A blistering sonic beast that will eat you alive. Its infuriating drift, bonkers craziness and Emily Doran‘s waspish punky vocality  and jittery restlessness will make your excited body move in mysterious ways.  Maximum energy! Maximum punchiness!

Get get some crazed gimme gimme here…

THE GALA: Facebook

GIMME GIMME‘ features also on mad compilation Demonic Demons
by Turkish label Kafadan Kontak Records

Garage Rockers THE GALA Have Some Roaring ‘BAD NEWS’ – They Will Tell You All About It ‘TRACK BY TRACK’…

28 March 2019

Here’s what Turn Up The Volume! wrote after hearing roaring Boston rockers THE GALA
for very the first time: “If Debbie Harry and Chris Stein would have been into brawny garage rock instead of bubblegum punk Blondie would have sounded just like this. Hefty, robust, provocative and with an unstoppable appetite for lively tumult fueled by organ orgasms.”

The good news is this cracking turbo still rolls madly and badass-ly as they prove
on repeat on their debut album, titled BAD NEWS. A frenetic and frenzied record
with several soul-healing tracks inspired by the energetic frontwoman Emily Doran‘s unfortunate relationship breakdown which led to the overall raging resonance and
spitting force of this rowdy LP and to the discharging album sleeve. Ladies and gents, please welcome Emily who will tell you all about the bad news, track by track…

Here’s Emily

Here’s the music

Here’s the track by track guide

“I thought it appropriate to kick off the album with a song is about sharing a Lyft with
a drunk girl. It was a Friday night, not quite yet 10pm. The driver picked me up first,
then headed to a bar, whereupon arrival, he exclaims “oh no, that’s Abby?!” The next
thing I know, this Amazonian sorority chick is barreling in the backseat on top of me, followed by her date. She proceeds to ramble on about wanting pizza before passing
out. Once we get to her apartment, naturally she refuses to get out of the car. Her date ever so gently nudges her to wake up, but she doesn’t budge, until suddenly she pops
up and tries to climb out the front seat of the car, then comes crashing back on top of
me, again, before finally crawling out the back.”

“Smoking is bad for your health. So is carrying on and on,
and onnnnnn about the last person you dated.”

“Inspired by a can San Pellegrino blood orange soda, what was supposed to be
a working title to the song, just sounded too cool to change, so it stuck. At the
same time, I was seeing this new guy, we were really into each other, he was being
really noncommittal, but he was really hot, and we were really into each other, so the relationship stuck, (for a little while)… continue reading for the details of its destruction!”

Song-inspiring drink

“On the surface, this is simply my recollection of the last moments with the aforementioned guy, (after waking from a dream, thinking he was lying beside me)
but looking back now, I see writing this as more about acceptance. Letting the feelings
of loss wash over me, without any anger, or denial, and allowing myself to feel utterly heartbroken. As much as it hurt, as much as I cried, as much as I sobbed writing this song, it felt indescribably good, to allow myself that release, and bc I knew I had captured this moment of pure unfiltered emotion, something I couldn’t ever create under any other circumstances.”

“This was the first song I wrote post-breakup. I had lost my shit for a minute, words were exchanged, and when I realized I’d said too much, this was my way to keep talking, to say all the things I wanted to say, when I knew I could no longer speak to this person anymore. (Really that’s what most of these songs were). I wrote it in four hours, and I was pissed, if you couldn’t tell.”

6. BOY
“I wanted to have one kinda ‘sweet’ song, and I knew I wanted to write about relishing in the pre-date ritual, the anticipation and excitement that comes with knowing you’re gonna get to see your sweetie soon. While I had no problem tapping into those feelings, I still struggled with this one, so of course, it is not without a subtext of bitterness.”

The clip about the boy

“I wrote this song to express feelings so painful, I refused talk about them, physically I couldn’t speak the words aloud. But I couldn’t write a song that devastating, so instead, this was my way of turning the tables, and taking that power back into my hands.”

Sorry seems to be the hardest word

“There were a lot of compounding factors that made it a particularly difficult breakup,
one of them being that I had very recently moved from Boston to one of the neighboring cities. It was not by choice, and I wasn’t happy about it, but I was much closer to this guy, only about a mile away, that was the upshot. Everything I knew about the neighborhood was associated with him. For a while, I only knew my way around based off the relative location of his house (which was on the main drag). I felt like I was lost every time I left home. I ended up finding alternate routes to get from place to place, so as to avoid his block. It was a very traumatic, and overly dramatic time!”

9. XX
“Here we have my little rant on how women’s bodies are objectified and demonized, inspired by Lizzy Martinez, who at the time age 17, was reprimanded by officials at her Florida high school for not wearing a bra. I won’t get into the details of her story, but you can look it up if you want to share in the fury.”

“This was the last song we wrote for the record, I actually finished it in the studio, as I was tracking the vocals. It’s more or less about holding onto everything when you know it’s time to let go. Because moving on means redefining your identity, and opening yourself up for the potential to get hurt, again (and I did). There was definitely this desire to stay in a place that while painful, had become comfortable in its familiarity, and what is scarier than the unknown?”

“But we can still be friends. Why do people feel like that is an appropriate way to punctuate a breakup? No thanks. And let me tell you why… that’s what this song is about, alongside the awkward discomfort of running into your ex at a party, except from the perspective of the new girl. Recalling on those experiences after the fact, I swore not to put myself in those shoes, and as I write this, I have still not run into that guy, sooo success?”

“The oldest track of the bunch, I was reading Spinster by Kate Bolick at the time, and really feeling my single status. The spins was sort of my take on the subject matter, disguised as a song about drinking too much and losing control. It’s kind of apropos it ended up being the final track on the album, because I’m basically right back there where I started.”

Song-inspiring book

Thank you, Emily, for opening your heart and guiding us
through the album. May the road rise with THE GALA!

This is how bad news looks like

THE GALA: Website – Facebook –  Twitter / Label: DEAD BEAT RECORDS

(photos band/Emily: by The Man Formerly Known As JustBill received via band)

10 Questions For Boston’s Fervent Garage Rockers… THE GALA

Discover up and coming artists in 10 questions

Ladies and gents, please welcome from Boston…. THE GALA

THE BAND says:” We are a bombastic Boston garage rock n’ roll band that appeared out of nowhere about two years ago. We managed to build a hype for ourselves with fuzz-drenched, fun-loving, energetic shows…
TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: “If Debbie Harry and Chris Stein would have been into brawny garage rock instead of bubblegum punk Blondie would have sounded just like this. Hefty, robust, provocative and with an unstoppable appetite for lively tumult fueled by organ orgasms.

Before we start the chat with frontgirl Emily Doran and guitarist Chris Kenneally,
let’s get in the right heated mood and touch the band right here, right now…

Here we go, folks
Hello Emily, hello Chris…

When, how and why did the band form?
EMILY: “To shred humans with rock n’ roll and eat them!”
CHRIS: “Hahaha. We’ve all been friends for about a decade now and would play tons of shows with each other in our separate bands. We always threw around the idea of starting a band together when we had the time for it, then in 2015 a couple of us found ourselves in band situations that were wrapping up so we finally got the chance to pursue this and the rest is an intergalactic myth.”

When did you know “this is how we want to sound,
this is what we want to say to the world”?

CHRIS:: “I don’t think we had a choice. Hahaha, Becca (organ) and I are obsessed with
doo-wop, garage bands and early girl groups of the 50’s and 60’s so that’s just how we write songs. Todd (drums) and Justin (bass) have a very similar vintage punk aesthetic, sonically there is a lot of middle ground between us. Aside from some crossover punk influences, Em’s vocal style is more dramatic than that but that seems to be the combo that makes the songs so unique. I’m not sure if any of us could’ve anticipated something sleazy and cheesy!!!”

If the band was an animal, which one would it be?
EMILY: “Seahorse, I think that goes without saying. Magical creatures, much like us!”
CHRIS: “We are the most savage animals I’ve ever met!!! Between all the pizza and
high-fives it’s a wonder we are still alive!!!”

The Gala’s magical alter ego (according to one source)…

The band’s signature track so far?
CHRIS: “Probably ‘Touch Me‘, but it seems like ‘Between The Lines‘ is quickly changing that with all of the attention it’s been getting lately. They both have the ‘family recipe’, a rockin’ beat, frenzied organ and LOTS of memorable vocals. If it’s not as good as the sax solo in Baker Street it gets trashed!!!”

What’s on the van’s stereo when driving to gigs?
EMILY: “Our songs, non-stop vocal ups. Hahaha.”
CHRIS:Link Wray, Flamin’ Groovies, The Cramps, The Sonics, The Mummies, Supercharger, Shannon and the Clams, Del Shannon, Howlin’ Wolf, The Ramones, The Trashwomen, X-Ray Spex, Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, Ex-Cult, The Kinks, Motown, The Shangri-La’s, The Ronettes, ZZ Top, The Stooges, Motorhead, The Ventures, Chuck Berry and the sax solo to Baker Street.”

Who’s your number one artist/band to go on a world tour with?
EMILY: “The Kills! Alison is a bad ass and does so much herself; the world will always
need more women out there like her.”
CHRIS: “Tough choice but probably would have to go with Roky Erickson though, he’s
one of the architects and the fact he’s still touring is an absolute triumph. Definitely a
huge influence! Close second is Beetlejuice’s Rock and Roll Graveyard Revue at Universal Studios, great show!!!Total pros!!!”

Bad ass Alison

If you could go back in time on which artist’s front door would
you knock and ask for a selfie together?

EMILY: Dexter Poindexter!!! Because he’s HOT! HOT! HOT!!!
CHRIS: I would’ve LOVED to stop by Lux and Ivy’s (The Cramps) place, I’d try to steal all
their songwriting/guitar tricks too! I keep throwing out there that I want Ivy Rorschach to play guitar on our album in hopes that somehow it gets back to her, no luck yet but if you know anyone give them my contact info! Hahaha.”

What movie would you pick to visualize your music on a big screen at a gig?
CHRIS: “Hahaha, definitely some type of trashy, John Waters exploitation film like Mondo Trasho, Multiple Maniacs, Female Trouble, etc. Something rude and bizarre with a love story mixed in.
EMILY: “Or anything Nicholas Cage!!!”

Looks like a movie about The White House…

Plans for 2018?

CHRIS: “We have a bunch of gigs lined up supporting the recent release of our ‘Touch Me‘ 7” which is available at Dead Beat Records + Mailorder as well as the single ‘Between The Lines’ which will be appearing on a couple compilations later this year. We are also
in the middle of writing TONS of new songs, 14 are done but we are writing around 22 total before we start picking the best ones and figuring out what to do with them. Not sure if it will be our debut LP or a couple EP and Single releases yet, but I can say there will be a live album out later this year as well.”

The band’s ultimate dream?
CHRIS: “The dream is to land a booking agent and label that truly believe in us and what we create, we want a team that wants to help us perform and release as much incredible music to the most people possible throughout the world. We would also love to get to a point where we can help other bands do the exact same thing. After that, possibly moon missions and infomercials!!!”

Thank you Emily, thank you Chris.
May the road rise with THE GALA

THE GALA: Facebook – Bandcamp – Twitter

(promo press band photo received via THE GALA)


Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…


Who: A bombastic Boston garage rock n’ roll band that appeared out of nowhere about two years ago. They have managed to build a hype for themselves with fuzz-drenched, fun-loving, energetic shows filled with some smashing crackers…


Score: If Debbie Harry and Chris Stein would have been into brawny garage rock instead of bubblegum punk Blondie would have sounded just like this. Hefty, robust, provocative and with an unstoppable appetite for lively tumult fueled by organ orgasms. Here we go…

THE GALA: Facebook – iTunes – Twitter

BETWEEN THE LINES – available here on Bandcamp