It’s been four months since Aly & AJ hit the bullseye (baby!) with their fourth studio album, a touch of the beat gets you up on your feet gets you out and then into the sun.
As the band’s first full-length studio effort in almost a decade and a half, the 12-track collection found the eponymous sister act shrugging off the pulsating electro-pop that had inspired a pair of prior EPs (2017’s Ten Years and 2019’s Sanctuary) and string of recent singles in favor of a more organic sound, rooted in the foundations of classic rock and the echoes of Laurel Canyon.
Now, the Michalka sisters are back with even more reason to get out into the sunshine, with the deluxe version of a touch of the beat… slated for release in early 2022. And today (September 8th), the siblings are debuting the first taste of the expanded LP exclusively on Consequence via new single “Get Over Here,” a hypnotic ode to newfound love — or lust — and all the reckless urges and demands that come with it.
For anyone worried the new single might be some sort of inferior also-ran, merely tacked onto the album’s exemplary original form, think again. “Most ‘deluxe’ songs feel like discarded tracks that didn’t originally make the record,” Aly Michalka tells Consequence. “But this one was actually a song that felt so strong, we had to save it and give it its own moment later on.”
In fact, “Get Over Here” was one of three songs — along with “Paradise” and “Don’t Need Nothing” — that jump-started the entire creative process for what would eventually become a touch of the beat… way back in December 2019 during a three-day songwriting session in Denver, Colorado.
While other songs on the standard edition were inspired by the warmth and storytelling of rock’s female forebears like Nancy Wilson and Melissa Etheridge (both of whom can be found within the album’s liner notes providing background vocals and guitar, respectively, on various tracks), “Get Over Here” found the Michalkas drawing parallels to an entirely different, yet equally influential, female-fronted act.
“For whatever reason, this chorus really reminded me of an old Garbage tune,” Aly reveals, citing the pioneering ‘90s alt-rock group led by Shirley Manson. “I love how melodically linear and repetitive it is.”
That straightforward, level composition is evident as the duo candidly intone, “I want you when it’s night or day/ Yeah, I can’t stand it when you’re away/ I like when you show up this late/ Get over, get over here/ I want you any time or place/ It turns me on when you make me wait/ I like when you show up this late” in near-monotone confession as churning drums and robotic synths weave around their vocal line.
To complete the track’s sonic landscape, Aly & AJ also enlisted help from Lo Moon guitarist Sam Stewart to deliver the buzzy solo.
Below, get an exclusive first look at Aly & AJ performing “Get Over Here” live, and check out the inspirations behind the single.
Aly & AJ’s first album out in 14 years a touch of the beat gets you up on your feet gets you out and then into the sun is OUT NOW! Go stream and purchase the album HERE. This album is perfection!!
Greetings visitors! I am ecstatic to announce that we have decided to merge Aly-Michalka.org and AJ-Michalka.org to AlyandAJ.org rather than having three separate sites dedicated to Aly & AJ. I have started the merging process but it will take a little while to complete as I will have to do an complete overhaul on the gallery. I’d initially planned on waiting until this summer to announce the merge and launch it complete but with Aly & AJ’s new album a touch of the beat gets you up on your feet gets you out and then into the sun coming out on Friday it seemed fitting to begin the process now as sort of a celebration of the release!