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Aloha

Filed under: See You There

On Tuesday (April 20) indie rock veterans Aloha will make their way back to Soundlab in support of their newest album Home Acres (Polyvinyl Records). The album, which was released in early March, is a step in a different direction for the band. Its their fifth and the follow up to their 2007 EP Light Works. Where Light Works was a mostly acoustic endeavor, Home Acres is made up of some faster and more aggressive songs. The tracks have an intensity that the band hasn’t shown since 2004’s Here Comes Everyone The lyrics and singing of vocalist Tony Cavallarioa still have the same cozy and comfortable small town vibrations. His love for metaphorical contrast between light and darkness is apparent in every aspect of the album, from song titles like “Moonless March,” and “Searchlight,” lyrics like “I fought the tyrannical sun, I try to forget you but your memory won” (“Ruins”), down to the cover art, a pencil drawing of an ominous, rustic and dark cottage in the woods. Their instrumentation and musicianship still stands out. The drumming of percussionist Cale Parks is exceptional and the band utilizes xylophones, vibraphones, and marimbas to create a dreamy and psychedelic, yet down to earth sound. Don’t be surprised if they rise up and rotate instruments mid-set, as all of the members are multi-instrumentalists. Local experimental indie rock band The Stay Lows open the show.

cory perla