No Any Walls visceral channeling of well-crafted neo-folk songs evokes a strong emotional response in listeners. By way of rich and yearning vocals, above subtle and innovative guitar work there is solace and encouragement to be found in such earnest representations of our shared struggles, hopes and anxieties.
Gary Tofie Hello Jr. of No Any Walls is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, tirelessly collecting stories and experiences in prose and sound. Poetic and engaging, his adept songwriting rings truer and truer in our ever-distressed world. A native Texan, he has spent over a decade fighting for a sense of place and purpose in the rural mountains of southwest Virginia. His songs are hard-won tales of struggle, poverty, and love lost, as well as existential contemplations of all the above. A high school dropout, laborer, truck driver, and most recently a farmer, he attempts to live simply with his family while working to restore several acres of land and an old farmhouse to sustain themselves more purposefully in body and ethos.
Hello was a founding member of Virginia-based bands Eternal Summers, Mommies, Disappearers' Collective, Little Quick Heart, and a contributing member to Dark Hills and Viola's Heartful. Hello, along with his farm and family were featured in the recent Cameron Bruce Nelson film Some Beasts.