•ITO• and the Moonlight Hippies
An optimistic, uplifting, refreshing new sound armed with a ukulele, ITO and the Moonlight Hippies aims for your heart with their music. A four-piece gang of high-vibe brothers formed in 2018 have grown together and now offer their healing journey through music to you. These songs are from the experiences of Galen (ITO) as a young teenager seeking something different early on in life. As this seeking has gone deeper, so has the experiential sound of the band’s music. Their debut album "Spirit of the Redwoods" came out in fall 2020 and hit hard for listeners giving them a whole new sound.
Their self-proclaimed genre, “Mystic Rock”, has come due to the surplus of styles coming together from Medicine music to Jazz, from Pop to Reggae, from Ambience to Psychedelic Rock. With all of these influences, ITO and the Moonlight Hippies brings a message and a prayer to reintroduce a seemingly lost idea of living through love and harmony with this Earth and humanity. This starts with restoring that harmony inside of ourselves. Thats what this music is all about. Doing my inner work to start trusting the process of my own unique human experience. With that, we welcome you to the family…
Signing with PurePop Publishing, Gone Global music Group, Heavy Hitters, and Blue Avenue Promotions, The group has leapt forward in their career during the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020. After releasing their Film "Road to the Redwoods" documenting their history and process of "Spirit", they now continue onward to break ground on their newest project.
•Galen Deery• Ukulele, Vocals
Starting as a drummer at age 7, Galen took to music right away. Picking up the ukulele at age 14 and never putting it down. Inspired by eastern philosophy and spiritual practice. He writes the songs with the intention to bring more love and unity to the world.
•Simon Deery• Bass
Starting on the electric bass at age 11, Simon quickly became fluent in genres like, funk, classical (upright), jazz, rock, and fusion styles. He brings a unique, and raw feel to the music that always leaves people questioning what kind of music it is that •ITO• actually plays. Simon continues to lay it down, phat, funky, and in the pocket.
•Michael Lear• Drums
Since his teenage years, Michael Lear has been holding the pulse for bands. With a background, of punk, dance, reggae and more, he offers a wide range of rhythms for ITO's sound. Micheal also has professional training in yogic techniques, and body healing practices which shows through the way he plays and the connection between band mates.
•Will Coccia• Guitar
Will immediately became savvy with a guitar when he picked it up at age 14! He was enrolled in the youth program "School of Rock" where he was able to experience jamming on stages to crowds. Since then he's graduated from the Lehigh Valley Charter School for the Arts (LVPA) and is attending Moravian University. With a background/current style of Jazz, finger style, and hard rock, Will breaks the boundaries of sound with ripping solos and melodic necessities to carry the band further and further.