“Distraught by the mass shooting last night outside the venue in Sacramento,” the sisters, who make music beneath the identify Aly & AJ, wrote through the band’s official Twitter account on Sunday, April 3. “All of our thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives and those recovering today. We’re praying for the health care workers caring for them. We hope all our fans made it home safe.”
The duo kicked off their A Touch of the Beat Tour on Saturday, April 2, with a efficiency on the Crest Theater in downtown Sacramento. In the early hours of the next morning, not less than six individuals have been killed and not less than 12 have been wounded in a mass capturing that came about close to the Capitol Building, which is surrounded by busy golf equipment and live performance venues.
Many of the injured victims gave the impression to be bystanders who have been having fun with a night out. Chief of Police Kathy Lester informed The New York Times that it was unclear what led to the violence, and she or he has requested that anybody with data contact the Sacramento Police Department.
The Michalkas famous on Twitter that their bus was “caught in the crossfire,” however that everybody of their touring group was capable of shelter in place and was unhurt. “Thank you for everyone reaching out,” they continued, including that the incident was “a reminder to keep your loved ones extra close today. We have to do something about gun violence in this country.”
Aly, 33, and AJ, 30, launched their fourth studio album, A Touch of the Beat Gets You Up on Your Feet Gets You Out and Then Into the Sun, in May 2021, which marked their first album in over a decade.
In August 2020, the pair celebrated the fifteenth anniversary of their debut album, Into the Rush. “We have really great, positive memories that are associated with making that album,” Aly informed Us Weekly completely on the time. “We were complete novices at that point in time. We had never made an album professionally. We had just done demos.” The sisters, who have been simply 14 and 12, respectively, after they recorded the album, have been decided to be concerned within the inventive course of.
“That was always really important to us. We grew up listening to a lot of artists that wrote their own music,” AJ mentioned on the time. “I think if anyone was holding us back and saying, ‘You can’t write your own material,’ I don’t really know if we’d still want to be putting out art ‘cause it wouldn’t feel very genuine to what we want to say. … I’m glad we very much set the record straight on the first record that we were going to write all of our material from the ground up because it ended up kind of paving the way for every record.”
Aly & AJ additionally launched an up to date, specific model of their 2007 hit single “Potential Breakup Song” in December of that 12 months.
“I think people are falling back now on nostalgia and memory and it was a year where a lot of people didn’t feel safe and listening to old music or watching an old movie was a comfort,” AJ informed Entertainment Weekly in November 2020 concerning the track’s resurgence in reputation. “And it was one of those things where it’s like, ‘Yeah, ‘Potential Breakup Song’ — let’s break up with .’”