"All my possessions are fucking gone," says Aloud guitarist/vocalist Jen de la Osa after the band's September 23 Exile album-release party at Church. "Our apartment is bare. We are going to crash on couches and go on tour."
The "we" is de la Osa and her newlywed husband, Henry Beguiristain, the other half of Aloud's guitarist/vocalist duo. Imagine getting married, selling off all your random material crap, and heading out on tour? Aloud are living the dream.
"Instead of buying a house, we're touring cross-country," says de la Osa, laughing.
Aloud (rounded out on stage by bassist Charles Murphy and drummer James Willetts) raised $5150 through 98 backers from their summer Kickstarter campaign, which was designed to fund Exile (off their own Lemon Merchant Records), and bankroll the tour. And the fruits of that charity were evident in the Fens last week. The performance had a spirited, carnival-like atmosphere, with Beguiristain at one point jumping on a pool table across the room to shout lyrics back at the stage through a megaphone. Aloud's harmonious-yet-boisterous psychedelic pop-rock sound was often augmented by the ambient strings of the Exile Orchestra. And an unplugged, off-stage, Beatles-medley jamboree-like sing-along with the band surrounded by the crowd closed out their set as the lights came up.
It was a festive union for Aloud and the friends, family, and fans who made Exile possible. Donors received the album weeks before its release as a token of appreciation.
"Everybody had the record already, and I thought, 'This is the way to do it,' " says de la Osa. "You have people singing back the songs they've been listening to the past few weeks."
Now, it's off to other cities for 16 dates across the Lower 48. As a send-off, Aloud are hosting an Exile listening party at Enormous Room in Central Square this Tuesday, October 5; it's free to all Kickstarter campaign backers and their guests and $3 for everyone else. Then comes winter — who knows what's next.
"I dunno, I'll tell my folks I'd like to see them, but I'll really just want a place to crash," says Beguiristain.