Half A Halo

Half A Halo

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Half A Halo's sound is an organic meld of polyrhythmic guitar parts over percussive grooves while melodic vocals dance with the devil.

Biography

Half A Halo was created in Guelph, Ontario Canada in April of 2003. The band consists of Dave singing and playing guitar, John the screamer playing bass, Joe on guitars and Collin on drums.

Spawned from failed pasts, Half A Halo came together out of desperation to create the music they weren't hearing. Fresh from producing indie artists and creating major label remixes for artists such as Sugar Ray, Craig David and Justin Timberlake and a remix for former Nine Inch Nails drummer Chris Vrenna featured on DVD, producer/remixer Dave Thompson started the band as a live outlet. Apart from remixing, Dave's previous work includes playing with members of Savage Garden and in the studio with producers of Mathew Good Band.

Dave has toured in North America, Australia and Asia for the past 10+ years in a multitude of cover and tribute shows, before settling in Guelph to manage Ignition Sound Studios for David Hastings Jr. After completing the last few projects for Promo Only Canada (Promo Only service remixes to major labels), Dave enlisted the services of a few musicians he had worked with previously to bring Half A Halo to life. These musicians include Joe on guitars, Collin on drums and John on bass and vocals. Dave plays guitar, sings and is the primary songwriter in Half A Halo.

Half A Halo recorded 3 tracks with producers Ruben Huizenga (Edwin, Glueleg, Micro Maureen) and Byron Wong (David Usher, My Briliant Beast, Crystal Method) in September 2003. "Working with Ruben and Byron has been a huge honour, as I remember watching Byron on Much as a VJ and really respected his knowledge and integrity. Ruben's work on Edwin's 'Another Spin Around The Sun' is excellent, as Ruben wrote and played on most of that record and then toured with Edwin. These guys know their stuff".

Another honour came in March of 2004 when 3 major label producers became interested in working with Half A Halo. Paul Northfield (Rush, Hole, Marylin Manson, Ozzy Osbourne), Dan Brodbeck (The Salads, Holly McNarland, Dolores Oriordan) and Graham Brewer (Limp Bizkit, Tea Party, Nelly Furtado, Sam Roberts) all showed more than just a passing interest in working on an album with Half A Halo. After much deliberation and research, Half A Halo decided Graham Brewer was the best choice musically and personally to run things from the opposite side of the glass. Half A Halo are currently in pre production on a full length album with Graham. Half A Halo have a 6 track ep called 'The Thrashing Floor' produced, engineered, mixed and mastered entirely by Dave scheduled for release May 2004.

Only a year since their inception, Half A Halo have played shows featuring Foo Fighters, Matt Good, Pete Yorn, Cheap Trick and Slaves On Dope to name a few playing venues such as Sarnia Bayfest and Zaphods in Ottawa. Half A Halo are booked exclusively by The Agency Group (Nickelback, White Stripes, Evanescence and many more).

Fusing heavy riffs, light melody and a sense of song with 2 distinctly different vocalists, Half A Halo's sound is an organic meld of polyrhythmic guitar parts over percussive grooves while melodic vocals dance with the devil.

Half A Halo's music is self described as a cross between Queens Of The Stone Age, Pantera and Radiohead, fusing groove, riffs and lots of melody in an accessible rock format that would be at home on commercial radio.

Look for Half A Halo at a venue near you, or for more info go to:
www.halfahalo.com

Lyrics

Losing Sound

Written By: D. Thompson

You are a thing to see
I wanna do no harm baby
All of the things that we
Take for granted you see me

She looked at nothing wrong
I don't know where you are inside
And all the things that you
take for granted you need me

I don't wanna lay down - down
I don't wanna lose sound

I don't wanna lay down - down
I don't wanna lose sound

The stories stay untold
By giving up what you desire
The strangest one is old
Seeps out my pores into the fire

A friend once asked me why
I could not tell her, save the ending
The wisest man must die
Trying to live the dream inside

Outstretch

Written By: D. Thompson

Can you please help me man
I need someone to be a friend
I'm not dealing with this right now
And I really need you to show me how

What is my life worth
Nothing
I'm doing what I can
Bullshit
Nothing I do is right
Don't back me into a corner I can't get out of

I'm so tainted, I'm so tainted..

Can you please understand
I don't need you to hold my hand
Can you just give me a quick hello
A smile and a wave before you go

What is my life worth
Nothing
I'm doing what I can
Bullshit
Nothing I do is right
Don't back me into a corner I can't get out of

I'm so tainted, I'm so tainted..

I was feeling so high, taking my time
Thinking about you and me
I took a step out, I wanted to know
What's the best time for you?

The Wait

Written By: D. Thompson

Watching my friends all get paid
And I give up, beg for more
And I wonder what was said to me...

Mother always wanted more
Father painted with a claw
Sisters touched by the hand that keeps me here

Statue of mind, quicksand
Why's it stopping me
From getting along, with my plan

I'm never going back

Sweet surrender and I'l be
functioning normally
tend to dwell on the past it's my friend

See nothing keeps going right
Perception is reality right?
And I think that this is all a hoax

Statue of mind, quicksand
Why's it stopping me
From getting along, with my plan

I'm never going back
I'm never going back

Discography

The Thrashing Floor EP

Set List

Live show consists of all original tunes. Set times from 30 mins to 1 hour.

Disable
Tension
Horizon
Spot
The Wait
Outstretch
Losing Sound
Plateau
Incurable
Weak
Past