Tuesday, May 22, 2012 9:00 PM CDT
(8:00 PM Doors)
Mercy Lounge, Nashville, TN
18 years and over
Steve Adams - Bass & Vocals
Dave Brogan - Drums & Vocals
Zach Gill - Keys & Vocals
Lebo - Guitars & Vocals
ALO is not a band that dwells in the past. They are always moving forward. Always striving to discover new ideas. Always looking to go on new adventures. Their latest adventure, Man of the World (to be released February 9, 2010 on Brushfire Records), finds the Cali collective flexing their considerable creative powers to craft their finest album yet. Recorded almost entirely live, the 11-song collection is the sound of four players who have truly found their groove together. This is ALO at their most natural, their most organic and their most pure. Man of the World is the next level for ALO.
Man of the World was engineered by the band's steady studio partner Dave Simon-Baker and produced by none other than Jack Johnson, a longtime friend and musical collaborator. The singer/songwriter/producer was a natural fit with ALO. "It felt like he joined the band for the album," drummer Dave Brogan admits. "He was very hands on. If he thought he could add something to a track, he was willing to go for it. And we were more than happy to let him." Johnson brought a new element to the group's creative process. "In a really great way, Jack shook things up for us," guitarist Lebo adds. "Most of us in the band have been playing together since we were 13 and we've fallen into patterns. Jack got us to rethink how we do things."
For the recording, the quartet packed their bags, said goodbye to their friends and families, and headed off to Johnson's home studio on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. The weather was perfect, the vibe was relaxed, and the locals laid back. It was the change in scenery they all needed. "It was everything I hoped for," bassist Steve Adams acknowledges. "It was a fresh environment, a great change-up from our normal routine."
The fact that all this was happening in one of the most beautiful places on the planet definitely affected the sessions. "Hawaii feels very pure, natural, and laidback," Brogan proclaims. "That's how this record felt to make. It was smooth and fun." The place itself became transformative. "After a while you become part of Hawaii's nature, your music changes to match the landscape and the lifestyle," keyboardist Zach Gill declares. "You stop wearing shoes, you learn how to avoid the mosquitoes, you shower only to wipe off the humidity. Important things stop seeming important."