Hal (band)

Hal (band)

Hal are a critically acclaimed Irish band composed of brothers Dave Allen (vocals/guitar) and Paul Allen (vocals/bass), Stephen O'Brien (keyboards, occasional guitars and backing vocals) and Steve Hogan (drums) who formed in 2003.


HAL was signed to Rough Trade Records following a bidding war with several major labels.
Their first single, "Worry About the Wind" was released in 2004. This single was very well received by press, and many claimed that HAL would become "the" band of 2004. Fact|date=July 2008 Their debut album, "Hal" was one of the best reviewed albums of 2005. Fact|date=July 2008 Their singles "What a Lovely Dance" and "Play the Hits" are prominently featured on Match of the Day and World Cup 2006. Two other songs from this album, "Don't Come Running/I Sat Down" were released as a double A-side single. The band also released a double 7" single with UK Indie band The Magic Numbers. HAL contributed their song "Keep Love As Your Golden Rule" to this single. They also contributed their cover of John Lennon's "Mind Games" for a Q Magazine special CD in October 2005.After a short tour through England, Ireland, Europe and Japan, the band went back into the studio at the end of 2005. Their highly anticipated second album was expected to be released in 2008.


*"The Irish Post Best Newcomer Award 2005"

*"European Border Breakers Award 2006", awarded by the European Commission in Cannes in January 2006

*"Best Irish Album of 2005" in the Irish Independent

*"Nr.1 album van 2005" in French music magazine MAGIC
*"One of the albums of 2005" in Mojo and Uncut


*"Choice Award 2005" in Ireland. HAL played live at the award show in Dublin

*"Best Irish Band of 2005" at the Irish Music Awards



*"Hal" (2005)


*"Worry About The Wind" (26-04-2004)
*"What A Lovely Dance" (24-01-2005)
*"Play The Hits" (11-04-2005)
*"Don't Come Running/I Sat Down" (15-08-2005)

External links

* [http://www.halmusic.com/ Official Website]
* [http://www.myspace.com/hal Official Myspace Page]

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