ALO Returns to the Spotlight with the
Release of their New Studio Album
Roses & Clover May 1st Brushfire Records
ALO is set to kick off a major U.S. tour starting in San Francisco on May 5.
Called an "Artist to Watch" by the influential AAA radio station WXPN and hailed by the Associated Press - "Each member of ALO could easily be the musical star of their own band, so it's nice to see accomplished musicians like these stick together."
The sweet smell of success is already familiar to California-based ALO. Now, the rapturous quartet is ready to bring its joyful musical message to a larger audience worldwide.
Roses & Clover is the anticipated follow-up to the band's acclaimed 2006 Brushfire release, Fly Between Falls. Bursting with sun-drenched melodies, ALO's latest covers a wide range of musical territory; from the reggae-tinged "Try" to the ukulele-led funk workout "Plastic Bubble."
For a band accustomed to performing songs live for years, crafting and shaping hundreds of times over before entering the studio, the age-old process of recording an album was liberating.
"We're a band that likes to experiment live," says guitarist/vocalist Dan Lebowitz. "I have a feeling these songs are going to evolve a lot. And that's a really exciting thing."
For Roses & Clover, the members of ALO shared much of the producing duties, though they also enlisted the help of veteran producer Robert Carranza (Beck, Los Lobos, Ozomatli) and Dave Simon-Baker.
Born from a childhood friendship and nurtured on the campus of University of California, Santa Barbara, the four-piece collective of Zach Gill (keyboards/vocals), Steve Adams (bass/vocals), Dan Lebowitz (guitars/vocals) and Dave Brogan (drums/vocals), found their musical roots in the feel-good vibe of the breezy California town.
Over the past two years, ALO have greatly expanded their fan base via constant touring and phenomenal word-of-mouth. Even Dave Matthews took notice of the funky foursome last year—asking the band to open up for DMB for several shows, including a special cruise ship concert. In addition, ALO toured Europe for the first time in 2006 with labelmate Jack Johnson.
This year, ALO will start promoting the songs from Roses & Clover in earnest via several; festival dates, including stops at Australia's prestigious Byron Bay Bluesfest in April, and a slot at Kansas' massive jam band extravaganza, the Wakarusa festival, in June. A headlining U.S. tour will kick off at the famed San Francisco venue The Fillmore on May 5.
"This is our favorite record we've made so far," bassist/vocalist Steve Adams says of Roses & Clover. "Making it was an incredible experience and it's got us more excited about the band than ever before."
ALO TOUR DATES
04/06/07 FRI East Coast Blues & Roots Music Fest Byron Bay, AU
05/05/07 SAT The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
05/08/07 TUE Axis Boston, MA
05/09/07 WED Higher Ground Burlington, VT
05/10/07 THU Bowery Ballroom New York, NY
05/11/07 FRI Recher Theatre Towson, MD
05/12/07 SAT Pearl Street Nightclub Northampton, MA
05/14/07 MON Theater of Living Arts Philadelphia, PA
05/15/07 TUE The State Theatre Falls Church, VA
05/17/07 THU The Five Spot Atlanta, GA
05/19/07 SAT Bearcat Getaway Lesterville, MO
05/23/07 WED Cabooze Minneapolis, MN
05/25/07 FRI Three Sisters Park Chillicothe, IL
07/05/07 THU High Sierra Music Festival Quincy, CA
07/06/07 FRI High Sierra Music Festival Quincy, CA
07/07/07 SAT High Sierra Music Festival Quincy, CA
07/08/07 SUN High Sierra Music Festival Quincy, CA
08/04/07 SAT 4 Peaks Music Festival Bend, OR