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ALO - Words and Music - 2012

by Alisa Ali

Whether you call them Animal Liberation Orchestra or just ALO, this quartet is way beyond names. Having played together for well over 20 years, ALO has turned a jam band adventure into a lifelong course of discovering new musical paths—through improv and good old rocking out. Back with the new album, Sounds Like This, the band let us know what "this" sounds like live, in Studio A.

The guys are also so friendly and fun to hang out with, that the conversation took a few different paths too: their stance on animals (figuratively and literally), thoughts on how long a song should be, advice from James Brown, Gen X versus Baby Boomers, how musical arrangements change the mood of songs, the band's early setlists, and... The J. Geils Band.

[recorded: 05/08/12]

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photo by Tim Teeling
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