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7 May, 2021Print

Aly & AJ Drops First Album In 14 Years, Ushers In Sonic Rebirth Soaked In SoCal Sun

Aly & AJ Drops First Album In 14 Years, Ushers In Sonic Rebirth Soaked In SoCal Sun

‘a touch of the beat gets you up on your feet gets you out and then into the sun’ Out Now

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Announces 2022 “A Touch of The Beat” US & EU Tour, Public OnSale starts Friday, May 14th

 

“Aly & AJ just keep winning.” - The Fader

“...looks forward to sunshine and summer days and recalls the jangling guitars and warm soundscapes of Fleetwood Mac…” - Wall Street Journal

“9/10 - Aly & AJ have planted their flag with an exceptional record that rounds off what’s been a triumphant return, and is sure to be the beginning of a brilliant new chapter.” - Line of Best Fit  

“Aly and AJ’s newest proves that they’re still just as badass.” - V Magazine

“It's great people still stan "Potential Breakup Song," but don't sleep on Aly & AJ's new music. As they've gotten older, they've started producing more expansive soundscapes.” - Entertainment Weekly

“Bodes promising for the sisters’ new era — dancing your heart out is very much on the horizon.” - Nylon

 

It’s been 14 years since the powerhouse sister duo Aly & AJ released their last full-length record, and today they return with ‘a touch of the beat gets you up on your feet gets you out and then into the sun’, a collection that’s more than just an album -- it’s a sonic rebirth.

Also announced today is the duo’s 2022 “A Touch of The Beat” US & EU tour, which will travel to Los Angeles, New York City, London, Paris, Berlin, Chicago, San Francisco, and more. Fan Club Presale starts Monday, May 10th, at 10am local time while Public OnSale starts Friday, May 14th at 10am local time. Full tour dates below.

Produced by Yves Rothman and recorded with live instrumentation at the legendary Sunset Sound, the new album finds its title taken from a lyric on the record that captures the essence of the 12-track collection -- it’s a blend of an unbreakable bond between two sisters, their west coast energy, and their innate sensibility to tell a timeless story. It finds two singer/songwriters balancing effortless melodies, lush instrumentation and heartachingly relatable lyrics. And somehow they still hold onto the charismatic charms that made them stand out as pop powerhouses in the mid-00s.

“Being able to create this album over the last year has been the most fulfilling piece of art we’ve made to date,” said Aly & AJ. “This truly feels like the album we were born to make.”

This might be the truest representation of who Aly & AJ are as creative forces. ‘a touch of the beat…’ is steeped in heart-on-their-sleeve honesty, whether it’s on the triumphant Nancy Wilson-accompanied “Listen!!!”, their anthem to the open road “Pretty Places” or their closing track “Hold Out”, a stunning ballad featuring guitar work from Melissa Etheridge. The five pre-released singles “Slow Dancing”, “Don’t Need Nothing”, “Symptom Of Your Touch” and the aforementioned “Listen!!!” & “Pretty Places” have respectively earned respect from critics across the board, including NPR, New York Times, Billboard, Paper Magazine, The Fader, Rolling Stone, Wall Street Journal, Nylon, V Magazine and more as well as a performance on Full Frontal With Samantha Bee.

Aly & AJ also celebrate today’s album release with a special one-night only virtual concert filmed at The Theatre at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles (presented by uni-ball) where they will play the new record front to back, followed by a global virtual town hall the afternoon of Saturday, May 8th. Tickets HERE.

Also, on May 7th, Aly and AJ will be the next guests on TikTok’s Headstream, the app’s new interactive LIVE series that invites fans to enter the minds of their favorite artists. For 30 minutes, on Fridays at 4PM PT/7PM ET, Headstream invites artists to introduce their new music, interact with fans in the live chat, and get into some real talk with their toughest interviewer yet—themselves.

 

Tracklisting for ‘a touch of the beat gets you up on your feet 

gets you out and then into the sun’

  1. Pretty Places
  2. Lost Cause
  3. Break Yourself
  4. Slow Dancing
  5. Paradise
  6. Symptom of Your Touch
  7. Lucky to Get Him
  8. Listen!!!
  9. Don't Need Nothing
  10. Stomach
  11. Personal Cathedrals
  12. Hold Out

 

“A Touch of The Beat” 2022 Tour Dates 

EUROPE

February 22 - Dublin, Ireland - Academy 

February 24 - Birmingham, UK - Academy2

February 25 - Newcastle, UK - Student Union

February 26 - Glasgow, UK - Queen Margaret Union 

February 27 - Manchester, UK - Ritz

March 1 - London, UK - Shepherd's Bush

March 4 - Cologne, Germany - Essigfabrik

March 5 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg Oude Zaal

March 6 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix

March 8 - Paris, France - FVTVR

March 9 - Zurich, Switzerland - Dynamo

March 10 - Milan, Italy - Magazzini Generali

March 12 - Vienna, Austria - Grelle Forelle

March 13 - Warsaw, Poland - Praga Centrum

March 14 - Berlin, Germany - Hole44

March 15 - Hamburg, Germany - Gruenspan

March 17 - Copenhagen, Denmark - DR Studie 2 

March 18 - Oslo, Norway - Parkteateret 

March 19 - Malmo, Sweden - Kulturbolaget 

March 20 - Stockholm, Sweden - Klubben

 

NORTH AMERICA 

April 2 - Sacramento, CA - Crest Theatre

April 4 - San Francisco, CA - Fillmore

April 7 - Seattle, WA - Showbox (SoDo)

April 8 - Portland, OR - Roseland Ballroom

April 11 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot

April 12 - Denver, CO - Summit

April 14 - Kansas City, MO - The Truman

April 15 - Minneapolis, MN - The Fillmore

April 16 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre

April 19 - Chicago, IL - HOB

April 21 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue

April 22 - Louisville, KY - Mercury Ballroom

April 23 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogarts

April 26 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall

April 28 - Cleveland, OH - HOB

April 29 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre

April 30 - Toronto, ONT - Danforth

May 2 - Montreal, QBC - L'Astral

May 4 - Boston, MA - HOB

May 6 - Philadelphia, PA - TLA

May 7 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE

May 8 - Silver Spring, MD - Fillmore

May 10 - New York, NY - Webster Hall

May 12 - Norfolk, VA - The NorVa

May 13 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre

May 14 - Nashville, TN - Marathon

May 16 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade

May 18 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues

May 20 - Austin, TX - Emos (Inside)

May 21 - Dallas, TX - HOB

May 22 - Houston, TX - HOB

May 24 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto

May 25 - Phoenix, AZ - Marquee

May 26 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory 

May 28 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern

 

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