The four members of Aloha are scattered across
the eastern half of the country, but spend most
of their time making music together. Some
Echoes is the second Aloha album since T.J. Lipple joined
the band, and was recorded, mixed and mastered
at Silver Sonya, the studio he runs with Chad Clark
(Beauty Pill) in Arlington, Va.
Tony and T.J. began
playing together during a lull in Aloha's schedule
in late 2002, when they both lived in Pittsburgh.
T.J. joined the band in May of 2003, when Cale,
Tony and Matthew joined him at his grandpa's empty
house in Altoona, PA. There they began writing
2004's Here Comes Everyone though at the time they
didn't know it. With T.J. came a more focused approach
to making music and a host of new tools including
marimba, homemade mellotrons, organs and tape manipulations.
T.J.’s skilled drumming also allowed Cale
to move to the piano on occasion.
Aloha began with
Tony and Matthew in the summer of 1997 in Bowling
Green, OH. One of the few bands to ever actually
get a record deal based on a demo tape, the band
spent time based out of Cleveland. In recent years,
Aloha has operated from a number of bases, doing
their writing, rehearsing and living in Chicago,
Washington D.C., Cleveland, Cincinnati, Rochester,
Pittsburgh and Altoona. Extensive touring has made
Aloha renowned for their intense, non-stop live
shows as well as their homemade T-shirts and self-reliant
ethic. They have shared the stage the likes of
Q and Not U, Ted Leo, Clinic, as well as Cex and
Joan of Arc, two bands in which Cale Parks has
been a member.