Blogaroo: Day 1: ALO

5 Jun

Now I wouldn’t be a very good vegan if I didn’t dedicate a blogaroo post to the Animal Liberation Orchestra.

ALO is a California rock band composed of Zach Gill (keys and vocals), Steve Adams (bass and vocals), Dan Lebowitz (guitar and vocals) and Dave Brogan (drums and vocals).

The group got their start in 1989, when Lebowitz, Adams, Gill and former drummer Matt West formed a band in junior high school. Calling themselves Django, the group recorded their first album, Contact, the summer before their senior year. The band continued through college, when the boys moved to Santa Barbara. West returned home after a couple of years, making room for Brogan.

The group is currently signed to Jack Johnson’s Brushfire Records. They have released three full-length albums for Brushfire, along with a number of independent releases.

Even though I only started listening to them a few weeks ago, ALO’s smooth sounds should be a perfect fit for the afternoon sun. They’re light and airy, making them an ideal match for a summer music festival.

I’ve included a video of my favorite song of their’s, Walls of Jericho — so take a look and let me know what you think. I can’t listen to it without thinking about Roo.

ALO is playing a lot of sets. They’re scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday, 12:30 p.m. on Sunday and 3 p.m. on Sunday, so we’re bound to catch them at least once. They’re playing on Roo’s smaller stages, so hopefully we’ll secure a good spot and capture some strong photos.


  • ALO vs. LAG (1998)
  • One Size Fits All Soundtrack (1999)
  • Time Expander (2002)
  • Fly Between Falls (2005/2006)
  • Roses & Clover (2007)
  • Man of the World (2010)
  • Sounds Like This (2012)

Sounds Like:

Songs to Listen For:

  1. Empty Vessel
  2. Lady Loop
  3. Roses & Clover
  4. Waiting for Jaden
  5. Walls of Jericho

Times at Roo: 0

Times I’ve Seen Them: 0

“Get out the tents and set up the floods/Bring in the trucks and make some more mud/Then get the hell out of my way ’cause I’m gonna get wasted./As magic gasses fill the air/It’s bad for your health but I don’t care./This’ll all be gone tomorrow, but we’ll still be able to taste it.” — ALO, Walls of JerichoFly Between Falls (2005).

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