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Animal Liberation Orchestra
October 20, 2005 – Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA
by Katie Sauro

Simply put, Animal Liberation Orchestra is a jam band for the new generation. 

The foursome blended aspects of blues, funk, country, and a little bit of ska, creating epic songs that reached upwards of ten minutes, while the crowd, huge smiles plastered on their faces, took to reggae-and-alcohol-induced flailing. In fact, as their set progressed, the work-weary crowd at the Tractor had turned into one monster dance party, prompting frontman and keyboardist Zach Gill to declare this as the best Seattle show they’ve ever played.

ALO, made up of Gill, guitarist Dan Lebowitz, bassist Steve Adams (curiously mustachioed in 70s porn star fashion), and former Seattleite David Brogan on drums, started their set off with “Barbeque,” the first track on their recently-released
Fly Between Falls. They played a few others from their latest album, including crowd favorite “Girl, I Wanna Lay You Down,” and “Shapeshifter,” with Gill’s smooth, bluesy voice wrapping itself around funk-laden beats.

Their sound continually shifted from funky blues to reggae beats to steel-guitar-infused country twang. During one particular song, Adams’ pulsating bassline even channeled a beer-swilling jug band, as Gill stomped his feet—clad in grey argyle socks—and smiled out into the crowd.

The band’s set spanned much of their catalogue, including the interactive “Michael Was a Man,” where Gill would sing, “Michael was a man who liked to scream,” at which point everyone in the audience would scream right along with him. ALO also played the quirky and fun, “Do You Like My Pecs?”, another crowd favorite, full of jangly keyboards and harmonizing vocals.

All four members of the band are clearly talented, but Lebowitz was, in a word, amazing.  ALO would be nothing without him. His acoustic guitar solos were unbelievable, his fingers moving rapidly over frets and strings, his face revealing nothing of the surely tiresome work. He made it look effortless.

The boys closed out the night with a two-song encore leaving the crowd sore and exhausted from dancing, but happy to have been a part of the impossibly energetic and dynamic live experience that is Animal Liberation Orchestra. 

For more information on ALO, visit