The Best Bands That You Don’t Know: Aloha

Aloha is a hardworking, crazy-touring mainstay of Polyvinyl
Records here in the States. Started by long time members Tony Cavallario
and Matthew Gengler while they were attending college during the summer of
1997 in Ohio; they have been working extremely hard for the progress of their
band ever since. Matthew and Tony, joined by Cale Parks and later T.J. Lipple
in the spring of 2003 make up the band as they are now.

With the addition of T.J. their sound was able to expand quite
a bit from the band’s earlier works; with his sound contributions of a homemade
Mellotron, Marimba, Organ playing, editing tricks, as well as his Drum playing
abilities; which allowed Cale to further develop his sound within the band.

Their expanded sound can be seen on their first album
together: 2004’s Here Comes Everyone,
which was released that winter. The beginnings of the album were written in T.J.’s
grandfather’s house in Pennsylvania shortly after the coming together of the band’s
lineup.

Their follow up album was the critically acclaimed Some Echoes, which was released in the
spring of 2006. The album was recorded and produced at the Silver Sonya studio
in Virginia, which is operated by T.J. and Chad Clark (from the DC band Beauty
Pill).

Some Echoes showcased
a further progression in their sound and was praised by nearly everyone that
listened to the record; I honestly do not believe that I’ve read a single poor
review of the album. It is an absolute classic and quite possibly my favorite
work by the band to date. The album was also streamed on their website for
everyone to listen to, but sadly the old band website is no longer available;
they now use their Myspace page for their website needs.

Their latest release is Light
Works
, an EP, released in late 2007. While not as progressive sounding as
the previous two releases, Light Works
is a light and fine work indeed, especially as far as EP’s are concerned; it is
a quality release without a doubt, it’s almost album like. Though it may be a
little unexpected at first to hear the piano and the acoustic guitar, you soon
get used to it and enjoy the quality of the work that is being done.

Aloha really is one of the hardest working bands making
music today, and they are grossly unappreciated for the amazing work that they
have done and continue to do. I have been to several Aloha shows over the years
and I am not joking when I say that they are one of the hardest working bands
around. They are in what seems to be a constant state of touring, recording,
writing and working.

They have played shows all over the world, from every corner
of the United States, to Japan and Singapore. They have a very loyal following
in their fan base, which will undoubtedly continue to grow as time passes by
and people continue to discover them. The band certainly deserves any and all recognition
that they receive.

Aloha: One of the best bands that you didn’t know about
until reading this article.

Improper use of Guns is a Cultural Issue

From Various Thoughts and Opinions

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Think of this: How many people in America owned guns in the early days
of the colonies, up to the revolution and through the 19th century? I
don’t know if there are actual statistics available, but even without
any statistics I would be more than comfortable in saying that a large
portion of the population owned and used guns regularly without issue.
Those were different times, a completely different culture from what we
have today. The same basic idea can be applied to various countries in
Europe: You have countries with rampant gun use, ownership, and general
knowledge, such as Switzerland, and then you have countries with heavy
handed gun laws, such as the UK. The reason that you end up with
different statistics of gun usage between those two countries and the
US is due to culture. The people are very different.

Another
issue that was just brought up a few posts above this one is that a
large majority of gun related crimes are happening in poor, uneducated
areas. Areas with a completely different culture, way of life, and way
of thinking, than other areas just a handful of miles away in many
cases, which are not having the same issues with gun related crime.
That isn’t something that is going to be fixed by pouring money into
the problem areas either, it’s an issue of general education of young
people in our country. And not just public education, but parental
education and guidance as well, perhaps even more importantly.

School shootings on the other hand, are another issue entirely:
They
are caused by emotional issues on the part of those committing such
crimes. First of all, anyone that would even have the thought of doing
such a thing is not well mentally. They should be given proper mental
treatment before it comes to bringing a gun to their school and ending
the lives of many innocent students and teachers. There’s a huge issue
with the treatment of those with mental health issues in the US, it’s
not just the crazy homeless guy that needs proper treatment, at one
point that guy was in school and very likely had the same exact issues,
but they went untreated and that is how he ended up. People need proper
mental treatment, in my opinion it is a far bigger issue than the
physical health of the public, which is generally all that is mentioned
by the politicians and everyone else.