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The Halo Benders


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(1994 – present)

The Halo Benders are a band formed in 1994 by Calvin Johnson of Beat Happening and Doug Martsch of Built to Spill. They released their first album, called God Don’t Make No Junk, in 1994. They followed up in 1996 with Don’t Tell Me Now and in 1998 with The Rebels Not In.

All three of the band’s albums were released on Johnson’s influential Olympia record label, K Records.

Following a hiatus through the early 2000’s, The Halo Benders reformed in March 2007 for a pair of shows at the Visual Arts Collective in Boise, ID. The band featured Doug Martsch, Ralf Youtz, Calvin Johnson, and Brett Netson.

The Halo Benders’ music is characterised by untraditional sounds, movements, and song structures. Additionally, the vocals of the baritone Johnson and the pitchy Martsch overlap often, even though often entirely unrelated. Johnson has said that the two write lyrics for songs largely independently.


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  • juliacfonseca

    Calvin Johnson, você é o cara!

    27 Feb 6:00am Reply
  • ellleotribal

    25 Mar 2014 Reply
  • ravazzolo

    glad to have known built to spill, cause through them i have discovered the halo benders. what a great fucking band.

    30 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Nimbie

    Calvin Johnson don't make no junk!

    20 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Nimbie

    beat happening>halo benders>built to spill [2] that's not to say BtS are any bad

    20 Aug 2013 Reply
  • im0308

    so good

    18 Jul 2013 Reply
  • gavinmonoxide

    use spotify you eggs

    14 Jun 2013 Reply
  • PsychoDave

    sometimes I'm broke. Why shouldn't I get to eat at the Ritz?

    2 May 2013 Reply
  • TheSeasonsGuy

    sometimes you're broke. Why shouldn't I get to experience the tunes?

    21 Mar 2013 Reply
  • vwsquirl

    Calvin and Doug, simply amazing. Punch Joe, get a job so you can pay for good music.

    18 Feb 2013 Reply
  • cool4dude

    How about you go out and purchase them?

    13 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Punching_joe

    can someone upload these albums to mediafire, please? [2]

    8 Feb 2013 Reply
  • TheSeasonsGuy

    can someone upload these albums to mediafire, please?

    26 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Giygaszor

    Doug Martsch and Calvin Johnson are truly a match made in heaven.

    12 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Ennuiunbridled

    Your Asterisk is their best song with its wonderful lyrics, perfect tempo and Marsch's background guitar notes flying in all directions. I have to admit that few of their songs are as good as this one, but a some are, for example Rebels Got a Hole in It. I put that one on almost every time I was making out with a girl (back in the days). It is worth having that song on any let's make out/have sex-playlist. You will be rewarded in both sex and indie-cred.

    19 Nov 2011 Reply
  • rtom87

    beat happening>halo benders>>>built to spill

    7 Nov 2011 Reply
  • markthom2

    Doug Martsch and Calvin Johnson, in the same band.. somehow this works, really well..

    3 Nov 2011 Reply
  • PinkFloydrulez

    is there any link between this band and guided by voices? because I remember somehow finding out about GBV through this band

    15 Oct 2011 Reply
  • wallernotweller

    damn perfect

    9 Oct 2011 Reply
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