Music and Manliness: An Interview with Zach Gill of ALO


I had the opportunity to speak on the phone with Zach Gill, lead vocals and keyboard player among other instruments for the California based jam band Animal Liberation Orchestra (ALO). Along with drummer Dave Brogan, bassist Steve Adams, and guitarist Dan Leibowitz, the “rapturing funkateers” new release Man of the World hits stores Tuesday, February 9, 2010.

Zach discussed with me the maturity of ALO as a whole on this album. From their humble UC Santa Barbara roots to the band they are today, one can hear tremendous growth in the sound of this band. Now that members of the band have had time to settle down and form their own unique careers separately, ALO has reconvened to produce an album that Zach assures me is something not to be missed. Everyone has grown up, settled down, and started families. They have truly become men of the world.


Man of the World was recorded by the band all at once, all in the same room, providing a much more raw, live, and nostalgic sound. This method of recording produces a more authentic sound quality, the way music was recorded years ago. There are no separate recordings, voice enhancements, or use of any of the other multitude of devices many artists use today. This is real music. The final product is mind blowing: a more harmonic sound, where the band can actually hear each other and adapt to the unique dynamic that they create during a song.

ALO starts their West Coast “Tour D’Amour IV” with a free show at Fingerprints Record Store in Long Beach, CA on Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at 7:00 pm. Proceeds from the “Tour D’Amour” dates benefit both Haiti relief and the support of music education. You can also check out ALO live alongside Stripes & Lines in Solana Beach, CA at Belly Up this Thursday, February II, 2010 at 9:00 pm. This is a 21 + show, and we will be giving away a pair of tickets to the show this week. If you’d like to be entered in a raffle to win these tickets, please email We’ll email the winner on Thursday morning. This is a live show sure to appeal to a wide audience. In the words of, “It is the sound of a band living, creating, loving, and growing together. It is the sound of ALO.”

To hear the full interview, click here:

Justin Marini- Zach Gill Interview

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