Aloud

Aloud

[uh-loud]

Aloud is an American, Boston-based indie rock band known for its songwriting and vocal prowess as well as using a two lead singer approach.

The group was founded in 2002 by Jennifer de la Osa (lead vocals, guitar), Henry Beguiristain (lead vocals, guitar), and Roy Fontaine (bass, backing vocals). Fill-in drummers were used until Ross Lohr (drums) joined the group in 2003. Since then they have toured the Northeast United States extensively.

A six-song EP was released in 2004 (The Sooner It Comes), but the group made their first real mark after releasing their debut full-length album Leave Your Light On 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 Leave Your Light On producer Hugh Wyman.

As of 2007 the band has been managed by annie*rock, a promotion/booking/production company based in New York.

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. They also performed at the 2007 CMJ Music Marathon.

Aloud recorded their second album Fan The Fury in New York City with producer Chuck Brody. 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.

Discography

Albums

Year Title Label
2008 Fan The Fury Lemon Merchant
2006 Leave Your Light On Lemon Merchant
2004 The Sooner It Comes (EP) no label

Other releases

  • 2007: Put On The Parka - Holiday single (digital download)
  • 2006: Wicked Good Boston Bands Vol. 2 - Newbury Comics/WFNX Compilation (for AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts)
  • 2003: Pretty Little Picture - four song studio demo
  • 2002: Don't Trust the Radio - four song home demo

Videos

  • 2008: Hard Up In The 2000s - Spring 2008 tour documentary

Trademark Issues

Issues surfaced in early 2005 with an electro-pop French duo going by the same moniker. The duo consisted of Cyrille 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 here

The main argument was in first use dates. Bodin and Louis listed September 23, 2003 as the date of first use. Aloud argued their first use in commerce of the name “Aloud” had been used prior (May, 2002). According to the USPTO site, their trademark application has been held up since May 18, 2005.

As of July 16, 2008, the application is still listed as LIVE. 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.

Cyrille Bodin is currently in a new band named Amen Birdmen

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