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Formed: 1997 in Cleveland, OH
Genre: Pop/Rock
Group Members: Tony Cavallario, Matthew Gengler, Eric Koltnow, Cale Parks
Ohio's experimental rock quartet Aloha consist of guitarist/vocalist Tony Cavallario, bassist Matthew Gengler, multi-instrumentalist/percussionist Eric Koltnow, and drummer Cale Parks. On the group's two Polyvinyl Records releases, 1998's limited-edition 7" and the following year's The Great Communicators, the Interpreters, the Nonbelievers EP, Aloha incorporate jazz and post-rock elements with personal, emotional songwriting, which is mirrored in their intense, often improvised live performances. That's Your Fire marked the band's first full-length album. Released in 2000, That's Your Fire was welcomed by critics and indie cult favorites. Two years later, Koltnow was replaced by drummer/multi-instrumentalist TJ Lipple, and Aloha delved into a heavier soundscape for Sugar. Some Echoes followed in 2006. After releasing the EP Light Works in January 2008, Aloha announced a U.S. tour for spring that same year. By 2010, each of the bandmembers had moved to different cities, but even so, the group continued to pen songs over the Internet before reconvening in Lipple's Silver Sonya studio for Home Acres. ~ Heather Phares, Rovi
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