Hal are an
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.
single, "Worry About the Wind" was released in 2004. This single was well
received by the
press, and many claimed that Hal would become 'the' band of 2004. Their
self-titled debut album was one of the best reviewed albums of 2005. "What a
Lovely Dance" and "Play the Hits" were prominently featured on
Match of the Day and
World Cup 2006. "Don't Come Running" / "I Sat Down" were released as a
A-side single. The band also released "Keep Love As Your Golden Rule" on a
split 7" single with
The Magic Numbers.
They also contributed their
John Lennon's "Mind
Games" for a
CD in October 2005.
After a short
tour through the
the band went back into the
recording studio at the end of 2005. Their second album was originally
expected to be released in 2007, but as of 2009 it has still not been released.
ALL MUSIC GUIDE - "Echoes of the Beatles, Harry Nilsson, the
Beach Boys, and Phil Spector are everywhere, and while those aren't exactly
unique or even very interesting reference points in 2005, Hal again go beyond
imitation and use their influences as a good band should, as guides and not
MOJO - "The melodies are so lush and the arrangements so
stylish that you can't deny them."