Formed in the underbelly of the Vancouver punk music scene in 1994, the band was a sneering, snotty, slap in the face to the Seattle grunge scene. Their raucous live shows, particularly an electrifying performance at Seattle’s Rock Candy, garnered the attention of Sub Pop’s Jonathan Poneman, and they promptly signed to Sub Pop imprint Die Young Stay Pretty. They began touring relentlessly with label mates The Murder City Devils, and soon were sharing stages with big names like The Damned, DOA, L7, The Offspring, Social Distortion, and many more. Within a year of recording their self-titled debut album with Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden), the band was back in the studio with the legendary producer to record their seminal second album, The Violent Years. Released on Sub Pop in 2001, the album saw them reach new heights in sales and radio play, including a Top 20 single in Canada with “Some Things Never Fall”; the accompanying video saw regular rotation on both MTV in the United States and Much Music in Canada, helping push the album to the top of Canada’s Earshot Campus Radio Charts. With The Darkness Doubled, The Black Halos are set to reclaim their crown as Canada’s premiere export of high octane punk and glam.
The Black Halos
# of Albums:
How The Darkness Doubled
Favourite musician growing up:
Favourite musician now:
Guilty pleasure song:
No guilt in liking what you like.
Live show ritual:
A couple of beers.
Favourite local musician:
I’m digging a band called TUMBLE.
EP or LP?
Early bird or night owl?
I get up early and stay out late.
Road or studio?
Road is way more fun. But I love hearing the results of time spent in a studio.
Any shows or albums coming up?
Newest record – “How The Darkness Doubled” out now on Stomp Records. and a number of shows in January….January 13th in Vancouver, BC, 14th in Victoria, BC. January 19 – Toronto, On., January 20 – London, On., January 21 – Hamilton, On.
Where can we follow you?
Rapid Fire Vancouver Qs
Favourite local restaurant:
Favourite street in your city:
Dundas. Loads of good bars.
Favourite park in your city:
Trinity Bellwoods. It’s big, you can drink beers there in the summer, it’s 2 minutes from my apartment.
Favourite music venue in your city:
Bovine. Horseshoe is a close 2nd.
Favourite music store in your city: