Aly & AJ
, now known as 78violet
, is a pop rock duo consisting of sisters Amanda Joy (AJ) and Alyson Michalka
They were born in Torrance, California, but spent part of their childhood in Seattle, Washington. They are both actresses, singer-songwriters, piano players and guitarists. They signed a record deal with the Disney-owned label, Hollywood Records in 2004.
They released their debut studio album Into the Rush
on August 17, 2005. The album debuted at number thirty six in the United States, selling over 24,000 copies in its first week and was later certified Platinum by the RIAA. Into the Rush
was a socially conscious take on the preteen genre of pop rock.
Their second studio album Insomniatic
, which was a Darker and Edgier Surprisingly Improved Sequel
debuted at number fifteen in the United States, selling over 39,000 copies in its first week on the Billboard 200; this is their highest debut to date. Their second album's lead single "Potential Breakup Song" is their most successful single to date, it was certified Platinum by the RIAA for sales over 1,000,000 copies. The duo have also launched a franchise line which includes a doll series and book series.
With many rumors going around of the band changing their name. The duo announced that they will be changing their name to 78violet on On July 8, 2009.
On February 19, 2010, 78violet
announced on their official Facebook page that they were "no longer a part of Hollywood Records" and that the album they recorded for Hollywood Records probably won't be released. However, they are "continuing to write and record new songs".They have an official Twitter
Now recording the tracks for the album and have a set tracklist for their upcoming third album together.
- Into the Rush (2005)
- Acoustic Hearts of Winter (2006)
- Insomniatic (2007)
- Hothouse (2013)
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Subverted with "Hothouse", which is about how this person is bad and attractive, but they turn them down cuz they've done it before:
- And Now For Something Completely Different: "I'm Here", the ballad at the end of Insomniatic, and Insomniatic itself, after Into the Rush thematically.
- Be Yourself: "No One".
- Best Served Cold: "Potential Breakup Song", "Closure", "÷".
- Big Rock Ending: "I'm Here" ends with the Bolero Effect, then a long brooding fade-out of drums.
- Break Up Song: "Out of the Blue", "Collapsed", "Flattery", "I'm Here", "÷", "Closure", "Potential Breakup Song" (natch), "If I Could Have You Back", "Silence".
- Careful With That Axe: "Like It or Leave It", "Potential Breakup Song", and others.
- Christmas Songs: Acoustic Hearts of Winter.
- Cover Version: "Do You Believe in Magic", "Walking on Sunshine", "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree".
- Creator Breakdown: "Flattery" is one of the saddest songs the duo has written, about an extremely conflicted relationship break down.
- "Out of the Blue" is about manipulative people ruining a young relationship, so extremely personal and heart breaking for the pair of them.
- Cerebus Syndrome: The first half of Insomniatic is light and fluffy, and the moody moments are more tongue in cheek, but from "Silence" onwards is pure angst and rather mature relationship issues.
- Darker and Edgier: Their second album is darker, edgier, more aggressive, sarcastic and snarky then their saccharine, socially focused debut.
- Deadpan Snarker: Their second album is basically this trope to music.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Aly gets a lot of fan girls.
- Follow Your Heart: Into the Rush, "No One".
- The Insomniac: Insomniatic is the positive interpretation of creative types getting into these sort of situations.
- Long Title: "If I Could Have You Back"
- Lampshade Hanging: All over "÷", "Like It or Leave It" and "Potential Breakup Song".
- Motor Mouth: "Potential Breakup Song", "Like It or Leave It"
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Electronically focused pop/rock of the folky indie variety.
- New Sound Album: Insomniatic is Darker and Edgier than their extremely tweeny-pop debut.
- Not Christian Rock: After their debut, they took a turn against their Christian roots.
- Christian Rock: Their debut, on the other hand, has a couple of references to Christ in "Never Far Behind" being one example.
- Protest Song: "I Am One of Them" (Against people who hurt children), "Speak for Myself" (Against people patronizing young humans), "Blush" (Against over sexed culture), "Sticks and Stones" (Anti Bullying anthem).
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: "Flattery", "÷", "Careful with Words", "Potential Breakup Song", "Closure".
- The Something Song: "Potential Breakup Song"
- Sibling Team: Sisters.
- Silly Love Songs: "Insomniatic", "Like Whoa", "Something More", "In a Second" and "Chemicals React".
- Stalker with a Crush: Deals with one in "Careful with Words" and "Slow Down".
- Shout-Out: "Out of the Blue" has some very obvious similarities to Romeo and Juliet.
- Surprisingly Gentle Song: "Silence" and "I'm Here" on Insomniatic.
- This Is the Part Where...: Invoked in "Like It or Leave It". What was that line in that one movie?
- Took a Level in Badass: After taking a hiatus for 5 years in 2009, they came back (musically) better than ever. They changed their name and adopted a new sound. Plus in those 5 years, they have worked on several different movies and TV shows.
- Vocal Tag Team: Sisters working together.
- Woman Scorned: "Potential Breakup Song", "Closure", "Flattery" and "÷" all have this vibe to them.
- Updated Re Release: Into the Rush was re-released with 2 new remixes and three new songs. It was called Into The Rush (Deluxe Edition)
- Your Cheating Heart: "Flattery", "Potential Breakup Song", "Closure" and "÷".