Left to right: Frank Hegyi, Henry Beguiristain, Jen de la Osa, Charles Murphy
|Origin||Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|Genres||Rock, Indie rock|
|Labels||Mother West, Lemon Merchant Records|
Jen de la Osa
|Past members||Roy Fontaine
Founded in 2002 by Jen de la Osa (lead vocals, guitar, keys) and Henry Beguiristain (lead vocals, guitar, keys), the group is rounded out by bassist/backing vocalist Charles Murphy and drummer Frank Hegyi. In 2006, Aloud created the Lemon Merchant Records label to release their own music and have been played on over 100 college radio stations around the United States.
Formation and early years: 2002-2006
Aloud was formed in May 2002 by vocalists/guitarists Jen de la Osa and Henry Beguiristain out of an earlier version of the group named Feedback, which included bassist Roy Fontaine. Rob Acevedo was recruited to play drums for the fledgling band on an indefinite, but temporary basis, and the four spent the summer working on a home-recorded four song demo titled Don't Trust the Radio, which was released on July 31, 2002 and sold at shows.
Aloud spent 2002 and most of 2003 performing solely in the Boston area. In early 2003 Aloud stepped into the studio to record another four song demo titled Pretty Little Picture. At some point in 2003 Rob Acevedo was replaced by another stand-in, Eric Anderson, on drums, before Ross Lohr was taken on near the end of the year as a permanent member.
With the addition of Lohr, Aloud recorded The Sooner It Comes, a six-song EP, with producer Ian Hughes in early 2004. Aloud also began performing well outside of the Boston area, expanding their touring area as far as Portland, Maine, and New York City. As of January 31, 2008, the most Aloud performances in any given year was in 2004 (74 performances).
That same year Aloud met with future collaborator Hugh Wyman (former guitarist for Baby Strange and The Luxury). Wyman would initially offer suggestions on improving the band's guitar gear before approaching them to produce their first album. They spent the first few months of 2005 organizing, refining, and rehearsing material before spending the Summer and some of the Fall recording.
Even though Aloud had been around since 2002, the band made its first real mark after releasing the debut album Leave Your Light On on May 2, 2006, to positive press and national airplay on college radio. Leave Your Light On was self-released through Lemon Merchant Records, a record label founded by Aloud with Wyman. Aloud toured the record through the Northeast United States till the end of the year.
Fan the Fury and a new lineup: 2007-2009
Beginning in 2007, the band has been managed by long-time associate Annie Burns, of annie*rock, a promotion/booking/production company based in New York.
In April 2007, Aloud made it to the semi-final round of the 29th annual WBCN Rock & Roll Rumble, beating out 15 other groups for the wildcard slot. In the same month Jen de la Osa was nominated for Best Female Vocalist by the Boston Phoenix.
Aloud spent the rest of 2007 writing material for a second album, eventually choosing to record it that Fall in New York City with Sony mix engineer Chuck Brody. In between recording sessions, Aloud also performed at the 2007 CMJ Music Marathon that October.
Fan the Fury, was released on March 25, 2008. A national tour to support the album followed. A film titled Hard Up In The 2000s, a documentary of the Spring leg of the tour, was released on September 12, 2008.
In October 2008, it was revealed Aloud had been developing a multimedia live performance of Fan The Fury titled I Just Want To Witness..., taken after a lyric in the songs Witness and Justice & Forgiveness. The show integrated Aloud's live performance of Fan The Fury in its entirety with corresponding films, and was developed with filmmaker Johnathan Carr. Films were contributed by Johnathan Carr himself as well as directors Erin Bowser, Mike Pecci, Chris March, and animators Kristin Osiecki and Timothy Scholl. I Just Want To Witness... debuted in Boston on November 18, 2008. While this has been the only full performance of I Just Want To Witness..., Aloud later performed most of the show in New York in 2009.
The latter half 2008 also saw significant changes to Aloud's core lineup. Bassist Roy Fontaine parted ways with the group in September 2008. He is currently pursuing a career as a producer and audio engineer. Subsequently, Aloud toured as a three-piece during the Fall 2008 leg of the Fan The Fury tour. After the tour, former Baby Strange bassist Tim Hare began filling in on bass for live shows. Drummer Ross Lohr last performed with the group on January 29, 2009 in Allston, MA (although, in 2011, Lohr tracked drums on the Aloud single "The Cash and the Pearls"). He still appears in the music video for the song "Julie". Elaborating in an interview a year later, Henry and Jen stated Lohr left the band "the day after we filmed the Julie video" because he no longer enjoyed performing with the band and amicably parted ways. Currently, Lohr is the director of Newton-Tanzania Collaborative, a Boston-area non-profit.
Aloud performed the third and fourth legs of the Fan The Fury tour with temporary members Jonathan Schmidt (from the band Morningwood), Rob Lynch (ex-Harris), Travis Richter (from the bands The Motion Sick and Naked On Roller Skates), Jesse James Salucci (The Lights Out) and Tommy Mazalewski alternating on drums; and Tim Hare, Ryan Majoris (from the band Keeping Riley), Matthew Girard (from the band The Motion Sick and The Future Everybody) alternating on bass. Since October 2009, bassist Charles Murphy (ex-Pyotr, ex-Comma) has been performing with the group, eventually joining as a full-fledged member of the band.
The free EP Live 2009 contains performances from one of the final shows of the tour at Howler's Coyote Cafe in Pittsburgh, PA on November 18, 2009. The live show was recorded, engineered, and mixed by Bengt Alexander. The EP was released to the public as a free digital download on December 31, 2009.
From April 2009 - July 2010, Henry and Jen worked with producer Daniel Nicholas Daskivich on completing the next Aloud release, Exile. In interviews, the band indicated Exile would be sonically different from previous Aloud releases.
- Henry Beguiristain: vocals, guitar, piano/keys, mandolin (2002–present)
- Jen de la Osa: vocals, guitar, piano/keys (2002–present)
- Charles Murphy: bass, mouth sounds (2009–present)
- Frank Hegyi: drums, percussion (2012-present)
- Roy Fontaine: bass, backing vocals (2002–2008)
- Ross Lohr: drums, percussion (2003–2009)
Live and temporary members
- Rob Acevedo: drums (2002–2003)
- Eric Anderson: drums (live, 2003)
- Matthew Girard: bass (2009)
- Tim Hare: bass (live, 2008–2009)
- Jesse James Salucci: drums (live, 2010)
- Rob Lynch: drums (live, 2009)
- Ryan Majoris: bass (live, 2009)
- Tommy Mazalewski: drums (live, 2009–2010)
- Travis Richter: drums (live, 2009–2010)
- Jonathan Schmidt: drums (2009)
- Mike Tucker: drums, percussion (2011-2012)
- James Willetts: drums (live, 2010–2011)
Issues surfaced in early 2005 with an electro-pop French duo going by the same moniker. The duo consisted of Cyril Bodin and Gregory Louis. Paperwork submitted by Bodin and Louis to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (SN: 76580505) is open to the public and can be viewed at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
The main argument was in first use dates. Bodin and Louis listed September 23, 2003 as the date of first use. De la Osa and Beguiristain argued their first use in commerce of the name “Aloud” had been used prior (May, 2002). Bodin and Louis' application has remained in stasis January 21, 2005. However, Bodin and Louis broke the group up in 2005, making the point moot and clearing the way for the American 'Aloud' to use the name without any foreseeable hindrance.
Cyril Bodin (lead singer) is currently in a rock band named Amen Birdmen
- Spotlight: Aloud, Performer Magazine (Northeast), July 2007
- Aloud: profile, BU Source, December 2005
- Enigmatic lyrics get fans thinking Aloud, Boston Herald, August 25, 2006
- Live Review, The Noise, November 2005
- List of radio stations playing Fan The Fury, www.allthingsaloud.com
- List of radio stations playing Leave Your Light On, www.allthingsaloud.com
- Loud & Proud: Aloud mixes pop smarts with hard rockin', D-Filed, 2003
- about the band, The Internet Archive Wayback Machine, December 4, 2002
- Don't Trust the Radio, Public catalog at copyright.gov, October 31, 2002
- Past Shows, 2004, www.allthingsaloud.com
- "Aloud", MySpace Music Review, May 6, 2006
- "Aloud and Clear", Stuff@Night Magazine, May 9, 2006
- CD Review, The Noise, July 2006
- CD Review, Performer Magazine (Northeast), July 2006
- The 29th Annual WBCN Rock N' Roll Rumble, WBCN.com
- ’S no joke: A Best Music Poll pre-party, Paradise, April 4, 2007, April 9, 2007, The Boston Phoenix
- CMJ: Band - Aloud[dead link], Limewire Music Blog, October 17, 2007
- Hard Up In The 2000s - the tour documentary, www.allthingsaloud.com, September 12, 2008
- "Aloud: I Just Want To Witness..." stage show in Boston, www.allthingsaloud.com, October 22, 2008
- CMJ performance to include "Witness…" films, the Aloud blog, October 13, 2009
- Bad Habit Productions presents The Laramie Project, badhabitproductions.org, December 2008.
- ""Aloud celebrates the release of 'The Cash and the Pearls' with November residency in Boston", October 20, 2011, Retrieved 2011-10-27
- Aloud’s latest interview on The Dweezil Show (audio), WMFO 91.5FM, November 28th, 2009
- Free music from Aloud: "Live 2009", Aloud news, December 21, 2009.
- Live 2009 microsite
- Aloud’s 3rd album “Exile” arrives this Fall, Aloud news, July 2, 2010
- Aloud (cover story), Performer Magazine, December 2009
- "Homepage". Archived from the original on 3 September 2010. Retrieved September 3, 2010.
- "Amen Birdmen".