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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.



Released on the 19th of September, 1970, on Young's brilliant and now classic After the Gold Rush album; the song was written by Young and the album was written and recorded between the summer of 1969 and the spring/summer of 1970. Most of the album was recorded in the homemade recording studio thrown together in Young's home in Topanga Canyon;  a very popular and famous place to live at the time for musicians due to its populace, attitude, and location in Los Angeles County, California.

 

It's an acoustic song in the vein of Young's work with Crosby, Stills & Nash, as is much of the album; quite possibly due to the immense popularity of their album with Young Déjà Vu, which was released earlier that year and quickly rose to the top of the charts.

 

No matter what the reasoning was behind Young's decision to record the album the way he did, he still created a great album. Though it was originally panned by critics; it is now generally accepted as a great album, one of Neil Young's best, which I tend to agree with; and furthermore, it has several great songs on it, including "Don't Let It Bring You Down":

 

 

Lyrics:

Old man lying
by the side of the road
with the lorries rolling by
Blue moon sinking
from the weight of the load
and the building scrape the sky
Cold wind ripping
down the allay at dawn
and the morning paper flies
Dead man lying
by the side of the road
with the daylight in his eyes

Don't let it bring you down
It's only castles burning
Find someone who's turning
And you will come around

Blind man running
through the light
of the night
with an answer in his hand
Come on down
to the river of sight
and you can really understand
Red lights flashing
through the window
in the rain
can you hear the sirens moan?
White cane lying
in a gutter in the lane,
if you're walking home alone.

Don't let it bring you down
It's only castles burning
Just find someone who's turning
And you will come around

Don't let it bring you down
It's only castles burning
Just find someone who's turning
And you will come around

 

It is a beautiful work with beautifully simple and extremely vivid lyrics; which are powerfully brought to the forefront of the song via Young's voice and the simple playing of his acoustic guitar.

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