Animal Liberation Orchestra (ALO) is the hippie, trippy, California band that brings the good time vibe to everything they play. The band was formed by high school buddies Zach Gill, Steve Adams, and Dan Lebowitz. They all share vocal responsibilities and play a variety of instruments.
They grew into a nine-piece band featuring a brass section and dubbed themselves The Animal Liberation Orchestra and the Free Range Horns, they began receiving considerable attention in the Santa Barbara area with their exciting live shows. Eventually, Zach, Dan and Steve returned to their hometown and stripped the band back down to a quartet by reuniting with drummer David Brogan (with whom they played with in college) and the ultimate version of Animal Liberation Orchestra was finalized. They are a huge hit on the jam band circuit and have drawn comparisons to everyone from Phish and The Grateful Dead to The String Cheese Incident.
Their debut album “Fly Between Falls” was originally released in 2004 and rereleased when ALO signed to Jack Johnson’s Brushfire Records in 2006 and in 2007 they released the album “Roses and Clovers”. Their latest album “Man of the World” is set for release in February 2010.
Zach Gill went to college with Jack Johnson and has been touring with Jack and playing piano in his band, while Steve and Dan have toured with Brett Dennen. ALO has toured with The Dave Matthews Band and Jack Johnson before headlining shows in late 2006.
I saw them a few years back when Jack Johnson came through Dallas. The show was at the Nokia Theater and was pretty awesome. Zach has a really great voice and is amazing on the keyboards.
- Time Expander (EP)
- Fly Between Falls
- Roses and Clovers
Top 5 ALO according to Butler (Albums listed on right):
- Wasting Time (Isla Vista Song) (Fly Between Falls)
- Girl I Wanna Lay You Down (Fly Between Falls)
- Monday (Roses and Clovers)
- Valentine’s Day (Time Expander)
- Barbeque (Fly Between Falls)
Check out ALO and let me know what you think.
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