halovox

halovox

 New York City, New York, USA
BandEDMAlternative

halovox is the music, lyrics and vocals of Frank J. Freda. halovox produces emotional electronic music that shows influences by both pioneers and newcomers in the alternative and electronic genres. halovox mixes modern sound and production with a nostalgic retro influence without sounding dated.

Biography

halovox features intelligent, emotional lyrics and melodic modern music that sounds new yet nostalgically familiar to fans of 80s New Wave and synthpop. What sets halovox apart from other electronic bands is the songwriting and vocals of its creator, Frank J. Freda.

From the mid to late 90s Frank began writing songs. He placed several demo songs on mp3.com under the band name "Deep Freeze". A friend and coworker asked Frank for a tape of his music to share with Kris Heireth of Brand New Idol.

In October of 1999, brothers Kris and Tim Heireth were going to produce Frank's synthpop ballad "Silent Whispers". While working on the song the threesome hit it off and Frank was asked to join their band. Frank joined Brand New Idol and became their lead vocalist and also contributed to the band as a synth player and songwriting partner.

Brand New Idol's debut CD "Still Beautiful Falling Apart" was released in November of 2001 and received high praise. All of the songs on the album charted in the top 5 on the New Wave and Darkwave charts on mp3.com. The Electrogarden Network Community voted Brand New Idol "Unsigned Artist of the Year" and "Still Beautiful Falling Apart" was voted "Album of the Year" for 2001.

In early 2002, Frank was invited to collaborate with good friend Ross Beall on his Simulator project. Frank wrote lyrics and provided guest vocals on Simulator's debut CD "Enter The Unknown" which was released by Cohaagen in the spring of 2002. The CD was positively reviewed and led to several 2002 Electrogarden Network Community Awards nominations.

Throughout 2002, Brand New Idol played live shows in New York City, New Jersey, Connecticut and Long Island. In late 2002, Frank left Brand New Idol to create a project that would take full advantage of his talents and halovox was born. Heavily inspired by artists such as Depeche Mode, Camouflage, Front 242, Nitzer Ebb, Ministry and Nine Inch Nails Frank set out to create a sound that would honor these influences and also break new ground.

The first official halovox production was a 2003 remix of A Different Drum artist The Echoing Green. halovox contributed "Fall Awake (Catcher in the Rye Mix)" which appeared on the "Fall Awake" single.

halovox released 4 songs over the internet in 2003 that were very well received. Among them, "Deception" received airplay in clubs around the world and gained major support from DJ Tim Cody, host of Subculture Live on the world famous WLIR on Long Island. Those first four songs plus an additional nine original compositions and a breathtaking cover of the Depeche Mode classic "Fly On The Windscreen" made up the 14 track debut halovox self-titled CD released in the summer of 2004. In support of this release, halovox played numerous dates in the New York, Long Island and New Jersey region.

In 2004, A Different Drum requested another remix, this time for Provision. halovox remixed "Each Second Suffering" which appeared on a limited edition bonus disc bundled with the Provision album "Visualize".

Then in 2005, "Retrospect" by halovox was invited to appear on A Different Drum's massive 6 CD "State of Synthpop" collection. Also in 2005, "Deception" appeared on WSVNRadio Hall of Fame compilation Volume 15.

halovox also participated in some high profile shows, opening for Freezepop at the 2005 New York Synthpop Festival and APB at Subculture in December of 2006.

After a hiatus from 2007 to 2009, halovox began playing live shows again in 2010 and songs were being written and refined for the second album.

In January 2012 halovox released their highly anticipated second album "Everybody Lies".

The album contains 12 new songs that feature the trademark halovox sound of intelligent and emotional lyrics coupled with danceable electronica that ranges in style from synthpop to industrial.

Featuring live show favorites "Everybody Lies", "Mask", "Stalker", "It's Not Me It's You" and "iGod" the new album showcases the ongoing evolution of halovox.

Lyrics

Everybody Lies

Written By: Frank J. Freda

All this time I've been waiting
For somebody to tell me the truth
I've been disappointed and disillusioned
Oh you know that I, I expected more from you

But now I've opened up my eyes
I see that everybody lies

I should trust you and I should love you
You tell me that I, I should build statues bearing your name - well I don't think so
Now all you politicians and holy rollers - self-righteous hypocrites
You should all hang your heads in shame

Now I've opened up my eyes
I see that everybody lies

There's always a new lie to try
To pull the wool over our eyes

All this time I've been wastin'
Time and money I've wasted on you - I won't do that no more
I'm sick and tired of all your lying
And now I, I've got no more time for you no

Now I've opened up my eyes
I see that everybody lies
Now I've opened up my eyes
I see that everybody lies

Music & Lyrics: Frank J. Freda/Copyright Frank J. Freda (BMI) 2012.

Stalker

Written By: Frank J. Freda

I can't remember all the things that I said
But I'm not surprised that she could not forget
She'd like to rip my tongue right out of my head
But I can't say I'm sorry or that I regret...

I felt her breath on the back of my neck
Then it was her fist against the back of my head
Pushing my face into the dirt it turned red
She let me up and when I ran she said:

Run a little faster, baby!
Scream a little louder!

I wanna hear you tell me that you love me right now
And this time you had better mean it
Or else I'm going to tear your beating heart from your chest right where you stand
And then I'm gonna force you to eat it all

I had no right to say the things that I said
I never meant to mess around with her head
I had no business climbing into her bed
Her eyes were on fire as she stared and she said:

Run a little faster, baby!
Scream a little louder!

I wanna hear you tell me that you love me right now
And this time convince me that you mean it
Or else I'm going to tear your beating heart from your chest right where you stand
And then I'll make you watch while I eat it all

She said now I know what thoughts are going through your mind
You're wondering, am I about to die?
Well just be quiet and if you do as I say
Then maybe I'll let you go alive - I might
But then again, I might not

I felt her breath on the back of my neck
Then it was her fist against the back of my head
Pushing my face into the dirt it turned red
She let me up and when I ran she said:

Run a little faster, baby!
Scream a little louder!

She said, Hell has no fury like me

Music & Lyrics: Frank J. Freda/Copyright Frank J. Freda (BMI) 2012.

It's Not Me It's You

Written By: Frank J. Freda

I feel so confused I don't understand
How can you throw away what you have in your hands?
You say that your love is not the same anymore
I want to show you my heart you want to show me the door

There's nothing left for me to say or do because I know
That it's not me it's you

There's nothing left for me to say or do and now I know
That it's not me it's you

I'm not gonna cry I won't beg you to stay
I don't want you to leave I know you'll go anyway
We used to be so close we used to talk everyday
But now it seems as though you've got nothing to say

There's nothing left for me to say or do because I know
That it's not me it's you

There's nothing left for me to say or do and now I know
That it's not me it's you

Everybody in your life say they will never understand
Look as much as you want - try as hard as you can
But you won't find a better man for you than me

I spent so much time I gave you all my love
But now it seems as if that wasn't quite enough
I wish I didn't feel like I was such a fool
But now I know that it's not me it's you

There's nothing left for me to say or do because I know
That it's not me it's you

There's nothing left for me to say or do and now I know
That it's not me it's you

Music & Lyrics: Frank J. Freda/Copyright Frank J. Freda (BMI) 2012.

iGod

Written By: Frank J. Freda

Instant messages and chat rooms too
Whatever happened to you know who?
They think they've found a perfect paradise
But it's just a world made up of digital lies

The more connected you think you are
You’re an iGod now
The further you’re actually drifting apart
You’re an iGod now

It's time to crucify your iGod - join the real world

You spend your whole life online under all of your different screen names
And all of your friends exist as zeroes and ones
But can you even tell me when was the last time you walked outside and looked at the sun
You said the sun is always shining on your PC - on your HD LCD

Log on to your other life
Where you have no children and you have no wife
Friends are electric yes I guess it’s true
But no one knows the real you

The more connected you think you are
You’re an iGod now
The further you’re actually drifting apart
You’re an iGod now

It's time to crucify your iGod - join the real world

You spend your whole life online under all of your different screen names
And all of your friends exist as zeroes and ones
But can you even tell me when was the last time you walked outside and looked at the sun
You said the sun is always shining on your PC - on your HD LCD

You’re on facebook and myspace too
Thousands of "friends" are connected with you
You blog and Twitter everything you do
But no one knows the real you

The more connected you think you are
The further you’re actually drifting apart
Kill your iGod now! Kill your iGod now!
And join the real world

You spend your whole life online under all of your different screen names
And all of your friends exist as zeroes and ones
But can you even tell me when was the last time you walked outside and looked at the sun
You said the sun is always shining on your PC - on your HD LCD

Join the real world

Music & Lyrics: Frank J. Freda/Copyright Frank J. Freda (BMI) 2012.

Mask

Written By: Frank J. Freda

Everybody told me that I was so naive
To have trusted you, but I did not care
Because I wanted so much to believe
What you said was true

But everything I thought I knew
Was just another lie behind the mask you use

And that's what you do with that mask you use
That's what you do with that mask you use

I tried to give you everything that a woman could want in this world
And then I gave some more
But now it's almost as if that doesn't matter at all as you walk
Walk right out my door

And everything I thought I knew
Is just another lie behind the mask you use

And that's what you do with that mask you use
That's what you do with that mask you use

After all of these years now all I'm left with are tears
Of regret and confusion
And I cannot believe these things are true

Everybody told me that I was so naive
To have trusted you, but I did not care
Because I wanted so much to believe
What you said was true

But everything I thought I knew
Is just another lie behind the mask you use

And that's what you do with that mask you use
I hope that someday somebody else does exactly the same things to you

Music & Lyrics: Frank J. Freda/Copyright Frank J. Freda (BMI) 2012.

Discography

2012 "Everybody Lies"

2004 "halovox" debut CD

Set List

Sets run from 30-60 minutes, depending on venue and if other bands are performing.

The following orignal songs are often part of the set, with new compositions added as they are ready.

Everybody Lies
Mask
Miss Wrong
Mr. Wrong
Stalker
It's Not Me It's You
iGod
Deception
Retrospect

Occasional covers include:

Enjoy The Silence (Depeche Mode)
Images Of Heaven (Peter Godwin)
Once In A Lifetime (Wolfsheim)
Personal Jesus (Depeche Mode)
That Smiling Face (Camouflage)
True Faith (New Order)
The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove (Dead Can Dance)