October 7, 2020
The late Riley Gale, singer of Power Trip, to have Dallas library named for him
by Ryan Harrington
Riley Gale, the singer of Dallas, TX, thrash heroes Power Trip, died unexpectedly this August at the simply tragic age of 34.
He was one of the best frontmen in the game, and by all accounts one of the nicest guys in the hardcore / metal scenes. There is perhaps no better evidence of this than some of the awesome tributes coming together in his name.
Case in point: the Riley Gale Library.
The project is the brainchild of organizers Vanessa Reynolds and Jeff Reynolds and it will become part of the Dallas Hope Center, which lends housing and a hand to youth in need. As the organizer’s put it in their mission statement:
To honor our friend Riley, we wanted to contribute to a cause that he was passionate about. Dallas Hope Charities was an important organization to Riley. Dallas Hope Charities provides care for those in need throughout the Dallas community. By collaborating and hosting several programs, Dallas Hope Charities provides food, shelter, and services that instill dignity, stability, and hope for all. The Dallas Hope Center is the city’s only LGBTQ-focused Homeless Youth Transitional Living Center and extension program. By helping provide inclusive spaces for at-risk, homeless LGBTQ youth (18 to 24), the Dallas Hope Center hopes to change the lives of those who experience high rates of conduct disorder, post-traumatic stress, and suicidal behavior.
The goal is for the library to be operational by December 2020, and, given the outpouring of support, that seems reachable. Recent Facebook posts indicate that their Amazon wishlists (composed of Riley’s favorite books and recommendations made to the organizers) tend to become piles of delivered packages overnight. Follow that link to see how you might get involved, and perhaps even donate some books of your own.
Hail and farewell, Riley Gale.
Ryan Harrington is a senior editor at Melville House.