ITO and the Moonlight Hippies
•ITO• and the Moonlight Hippies are an original Psychedelic, Spirit Jam, Rock band out of Easton Pennsylvania. Formed in 2016 by Galen Deery (ukulele and vocals), his brother Simon Deery (bass), friend Michael Lear (drums) and childhood friend Will Coccia (Guitar), the four joined hands and hearts to carry out a vision of a unified humanity through love and music! By getting an early start in the world of music through the School of Rock program, this group of wild guys have been bringing a broad spectrum of influences to a convergence. From A cappella sensation Bobby McFerrin, to 90s Alternative groups like Janes addiction, TOOL, and Incubus, to 60s Rock'n Roll bands such as Santana, Jimi Hendrix, and The Grateful Dead, to Modern Acoustic Folk acts like Trevor Hall, Tash Sultana, Nahko & Medicine for the People, and Rising Appalachia. As well as musical influences, using spiritual practices of yoga and meditation combined with eastern philosophies of Hinduism, Sufism, and mysticism, •ITO• and the Moonlight Hippies have taken a trajectory to make their musical experience one deeply rooted in community. They use sounds from India, Africa, and roots reggae, a variety of percussion, harmonium, didgeridoo, and mantra, mixed with rock riffs and funky bass lines. They hope to create a space for listeners to receive a sense of healing.
Over the summer of 2017 •ITO• and the Moonlight Hippies produced the first short album "Barefoot". Since the album release, the band has grown with wild energy and a strong connection between the four, and the music has taken a leap forward. Going from the east coast of the United States, all the way to the islands of Hawaii. They are now in the final stages of releasing their first full length studio Album "Spirit of the Redwoods" for the fall of 2019.
The name •ITO• came from Galen's Grandfather who from birth has nicknamed him "Galenito" so they thought it fit well. It was then made into the acronym "I. Travel. Onward." This refers to us all starting in a different place but ending in the same. The journey we are all on together. Experiences, struggles, success, tragedy, bliss occurs. So we take it on and move forward growing, evolving, and progressing in ourselves. Traveling. The Moonlight Hippies comes from the darkness of night being pierced open by the powerful glow of the Moon. Allowing the space and time for struggle and suffering to take place but never allowing it too overpower us as we can all break through it together! With messages of love, the Moonlight Hippies come out. An explosive and original blend of all genres, inspired by a space deep in the Redwood forest. Powerful, conscious, uplifting lyrics driven by compassion, peace, and love of the human experience. Join us in creating a new community of heart seekers . Looking, and searching for the truth! Welcome home Y’all