Throughout their lives, the Alden children have made a regular habit of getting together to play music. Oliver & Angela hail from New Haven, Connecticut. Their father Harold was once employed writing lead sheets and arranging jingles for an advertising company in New York, while their mother Agnes helped make ends meet by teaching music at an elementary school. Although diagnosed with a very mild form of autism, Oliver showed signs of inheriting his family's love of music from an early age. He was encouraged to focus on the piano and also took lessons on the french horn as a child. Angela also enjoyed listening to the records being played in the family den and would often sing along, becoming adept at learning the lyrics to the hits of the day. During the summer of 1985, the family relocated to the suburbs of Boston so that Oliver might benefit from the Massachusetts educational system. After the initial move the Alden parents changed houses and careers several times, steadily improving their lot despite their sometimes strained finances.
Oliver continued to study and play piano throughout high school, and still holds a long standing job playing at a local Methodist church. Throughout their lives, the Alden children have made a regular habit of getting together to play music, usually working up original material written by Oliver. Sometimes friends or other family members would join in for months at a stretch, but the group became a permanent trio when Oliver's high school friend Dean Douglas decided to take up the guitar. Fueled by Oliver's unique songwriting gifts, Dean convinced the rest of the group to enter a Guitar Center song contest in 1995. The project revealed their talent and ambition in full bloom, and when they won second place the Phenomenological Boys were instantly formed.
Angela and Dean began recording demo tapes of their band almost immediately, but it was some time before everyone's musical skills caught up to Oliver's aspirations. To make matters worse, Dean was forced to stop playing regularly with the group while he attended college in Toronto. After getting his degree in Philosophy however, Dean returned to the fold. Angela drew upon her experience with state historic preservation societies, and began submitting proposals to record labels. Responses were slow in coming, as the Phenomenologcial Boys have never performed live and consider themselves uninterested in doing so. Eventually, a demo CDR managed to find its way to Germany and into the hands of Tomlabs.
The magic has always been there. Almost from the first moment Oliver & Angela made songs together so many years ago, they've revealed a flair for wonderful arrangements and indescribable harmonies. Now they can share them with you.