With their kooky, sun drenched and down right loveable uplifting choons, the Californian quartet, with the best band name we've heard in ages want to do more than just make great music, they want to 'liberate your inner animal' too! Best mates since forever, Steve (bass/vocals) Zach (keys/vocals) Dan (guitars/percussion/vocals) and David (drums/vocals) collectively known as The Animal Liberation Orchestra are currently on tour supporting their high school mate, king of the American folk invasion, Jack Johnston and have their debut album, 'Fly Between Falls' out in the UK this week. So, let the liberation begin....

Hi Steve, tell us a little bit about your band the Animal Liberation Orchestra?
Steve: Were a four piece band from California and we have an album ‘Fly Between Falls' out in the UK this week.
When did you and the other members of ALO meet?
Steve: Three of us in the band, me, Dan and Zach all grew up together in the Bay area of California. We played our first gig in a talent show in junior high and went to the same college in Santa Barbra, that's where we met Jack (Johnston) and also met our drummer Dave. We then played all though high school and college and just kept it together from then.
So how long have you been together as a band?
Steve: The three of us have been together for sixteen years and we've know Dave for about ten. We've just been working on our music all that time and letting it brew slowly.
You used to have nine members, what happened to the other five?
Steve: Yeah, we had some different band names all though college and we wanted to add five horns. That's when we changed our name to the Animal Liberation Orchestra and the Free Range Horns. We had this bigger vision for music and kinda wanted to make it a big exciting funk band with horns and stuff. When we moved back from Santa Barbra to San Francisco we decide to go back to being a four piece and kept the name ALO.
Animal Liberation Orchestra is an unusual name, what does it mean?
Steve: It's nothing more than a bit of fun. To us, it means we hope to liberate ourselves and our audiences through our music, liberate your inner animal. It's what it's always been about. Just having fun, letting go and trying to get our audiences involved in the music. It's not as much of a political thing as it might sound.
You're quoted as saying ALO is not just about you guys making music together, it's a lifestyle. What is the ALO lifestyle?
Steve: I think for us, it embodies a lot of the aspects of our lives, so it's more than just the music. Its very family orientated. Were all really close friends so even when were backstage hanging out and talking about something else, it goes beyond the music for us. And I guess in a sense we hope it does for the audience too. It's an experience that we can all share together and talk about later.
How would you describe the sound on your new album ‘Fly Between Falls'?
Steve: I think our sound is a collection of lots of different sounds. There are lots of different influences. It's a feel good sound that's pretty uplifting most of the time. It can be funky; it can be rootsey and have different shapes to it.
Who are ALO's collective influences?
Steve: I think collectively were drawn to old soul music, like stuff from Motown Records. Also 60s and 70s rock music, like The Stones and The Band. It's more actual band units were into as apposed to studio bands
What's been the reaction to the album so far?
Steve: We've done some interviews and people have commented on some of the songs they like. We seem to have lots of excited fans here, who've probably heard about us from touring with Jack in the states last summer and the internet. I guess they weren't sure if they'd see us on this tour, but people seem pretty excited about us being onboard. We've talked to people after the shows and I've read a few reviews of the album which has been pretty good, so it's looking positive.
Is the album out in the states yet?
Steve: It's interesting because the album doesn't come out over there till April the 18th, so you have got it here first. A different version of the album was released independently about a year ago, so within that time we've gone back and worked on a couple of the songs and added some new ones, under Bushfire Records.
There seems to be a bit of an American folk/pop explosion at the moment, what makes ALO different from all the rest?
Steve: Were excited about that type of music in general. I think ALO has a little more improvisation and interaction between the band, since we all sing, that's something that's different. We take turns singing songs, we all support each other on backup and lead vocals. It's an exciting show because you're constantly looking from one side of the stage to another to see what's happening, there isn't one focal point.
What else can people expect from your live performances?
Steve: They should hopefully have a good time and just be open to the experience. They can expect to see a fun show that's a journey through our songs and different styles. Going from song to song there's a nice shift in our set and the way we create it. We definitely want to encourage people to participate and if they don't know the songs they can check it out and see how they like it.
Do you have any plans to do a solo tour of the UK?
Steve: I hope so. We've met some people along the way. A lady in Plymouth told us about a festival in August, it's like a surf themed festival and there's some festival that happens in October that sounds a lot of fun. Were definitely hoping to come back and do our own show. It's the same thing that happened to Jack; he came out as a supporting act and then broke off and did his own thing.

Animal Liberation Orchestra's debut album ‘Fly Between Falls' is out on Bushfire Records now. For more info check out www.alomusic.com

Sarah WilliamsWith their kooky, sun drenched and down right loveable uplifting choons, the Californian quartet, with the best band name we've heard in ages want to do more than just make great music, they want to 'liberate your inner animal' too! Best mates since forever, Steve (bass/vocals) Zach (keys/vocals) Dan (guitars/percussion/vocals) and David (drums/vocals) collectively known as The Animal Liberation Orchestra are currently on tour supporting their high school mate, king of the American folk invasion, Jack Johnston and have their debut album, 'Fly Between Falls' out in the UK this week. So, let the liberation begin....
Hi Steve, tell us a little bit about your band the Animal Liberation Orchestra?
Steve: Were a four piece band from California and we have an album ‘Fly Between Falls' out in the UK this week.
When did you and the other members of ALO meet?
Steve: Three of us in the band, me, Dan and Zach all grew up together in the Bay area of California. We played our first gig in a talent show in junior high and went to the same college in Santa Barbra, that's where we met Jack (Johnston) and also met our drummer Dave. We then played all though high school and college and just kept it together from then.
So how long have you been together as a band?
Steve: The three of us have been together for sixteen years and we've know Dave for about ten. We've just been working on our music all that time and letting it brew slowly.
You used to have nine members, what happened to the other five?
Steve: Yeah, we had some different band names all though college and we wanted to add five horns. That's when we changed our name to the Animal Liberation Orchestra and the Free Range Horns. We had this bigger vision for music and kinda wanted to make it a big exciting funk band with horns and stuff. When we moved back from Santa Barbra to San Francisco we decide to go back to being a four piece and kept the name ALO.
Animal Liberation Orchestra is an unusual name, what does it mean?
Steve: It's nothing more than a bit of fun. To us, it means we hope to liberate ourselves and our audiences through our music, liberate your inner animal. It's what it's always been about. Just having fun, letting go and trying to get our audiences involved in the music. It's not as much of a political thing as it might sound.
You're quoted as saying ALO is not just about you guys making music together, it's a lifestyle. What is the ALO lifestyle?
Steve: I think for us, it embodies a lot of the aspects of our lives, so it's more than just the music. Its very family orientated. Were all really close friends so even when were backstage hanging out and talking about something else, it goes beyond the music for us. And I guess in a sense we hope it does for the audience too. It's an experience that we can all share together and talk about later.
How would you describe the sound on your new album ‘Fly Between Falls'?
Steve: I think our sound is a collection of lots of different sounds. There are lots of different influences. It's a feel good sound that's pretty uplifting most of the time. It can be funky; it can be rootsey and have different shapes to it.
Who are ALO's collective influences?
Steve: I think collectively were drawn to old soul music, like stuff from Motown Records. Also 60s and 70s rock music, like The Stones and The Band. It's more actual band units were into as apposed to studio bands
What's been the reaction to the album so far?
Steve: We've done some interviews and people have commented on some of the songs they like. We seem to have lots of excited fans here, who've probably heard about us from touring with Jack in the states last summer and the internet. I guess they weren't sure if they'd see us on this tour, but people seem pretty excited about us being onboard. We've talked to people after the shows and I've read a few reviews of the album which has been pretty good, so it's looking positive.
Is the album out in the states yet?
Steve: It's interesting because the album doesn't come out over there till April the 18th, so you have got it here first. A different version of the album was released independently about a year ago, so within that time we've gone back and worked on a couple of the songs and added some new ones, under Bushfire Records.
There seems to be a bit of an American folk/pop explosion at the moment, what makes ALO different from all the rest?
Steve: Were excited about that type of music in general. I think ALO has a little more improvisation and interaction between the band, since we all sing, that's something that's different. We take turns singing songs, we all support each other on backup and lead vocals. It's an exciting show because you're constantly looking from one side of the stage to another to see what's happening, there isn't one focal point.
What else can people expect from your live performances?
Steve: They should hopefully have a good time and just be open to the experience. They can expect to see a fun show that's a journey through our songs and different styles. Going from song to song there's a nice shift in our set and the way we create it. We definitely want to encourage people to participate and if they don't know the songs they can check it out and see how they like it.
Do you have any plans to do a solo tour of the UK?
Steve: I hope so. We've met some people along the way. A lady in Plymouth told us about a festival in August, it's like a surf themed festival and there's some festival that happens in October that sounds a lot of fun. Were definitely hoping to come back and do our own show. It's the same thing that happened to Jack; he came out as a supporting act and then broke off and did his own thing.

Animal Liberation Orchestra's debut album ‘Fly Between Falls' is out on Bushfire Records now. For more info check out www.alomusic.com

Sarah Williams