ALO Members Dave Brogan and Zach Gill in Studio for New Record

Nashville, TN (May 4, 2009) — Yamaha artists Dave Brogan and Zach Gill are currently recording tracks for ALO's third album for Brushfire/Universal records. The band, which started tracking at label mate Jack Johnson's Mango Tree studios in early April, is taking a more live approach to the recording process, tracking songs with all of the band members in one room.

Dave Brogan
Dave Brogan
"In the past we tended to build songs from the drums up, one or two instruments at a time," Brogan said. "Doing it this way, there's a little more pressure to really lock in, concentrate, and be at the top of your game. But the end result is fresher, more real sounding tracks."

"Almost all of the drums on the album are Yamaha. I'm using the Maple Custom shells from Jack Johnson's studio with Anton Fig, JR Robinson and David Garibaldi snare drums, and I'm loving the way they sound."

Zach, who plays keys, accordion, ukulele and vocals, played his Yamaha U1 upright piano on almost every track. "We were all in the same room together with very little isolation between instruments, so you can hear a lot of the other instruments in the piano mics. I love this recording process so far – there is a spontaneity and naturalness to this album that is really beautiful to experience."

The album is expected to be finished this summer. ALO will also be making a handful of appearances at music festivals this spring and summer:

May 16 – Life is Good Festival, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA
May 23 – Desert Rocks Music Festival, Moab, UT
May 29-30 – Boblink Music Festival, Belden, CA
June 12 – Harmony Festival, Santa Rosa, CA
July 2-5 – High Sierra Music Festival, Quincy, CA

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ALO Members Dave Brogan and Zach Gill in Studio for New Record
Yamaha drums and piano are playing a pivotal role in the organic nature of the new recordings