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Although there have been a plethora of punk revivalists over the years, Vancouver’s Black Halos look to a slightly different golden age than that of the Clash and the Buzzcocks; they’re more enamored of the glammed-up trash-rock of the New York Dolls, the sonic scuzz of the Stooges, and the snotty nihilism of the Dead Boys. In 1999 the group released their self-titled debut record on Sub Pop imprint Die Young Stay Pretty before switching to Sub Pop proper, where they released the Jane Doe/Russian Roulette seven-inch and their Jack Endino-produced second album, The Violent Years, in spring 2001. After a brief split, a new line-up of the band re-grouped for 2005’s Alive Without Control (Century Media/People Like You) followed shorty after by 2007’s We Are Not Alone (History Music/People Like You). The band split again shortly afterwards – vocalist Billy Hopeless formed the Bonitos, Matt Camirand joined Black Mountain, Rich Jones went on to play with Michael Monroe and Ginger Wildheart and Jay Millette joined Darlings Of Chelsea.

In 2016, founding members Jones and Hopeless reunited for the first time in 15 years for a riotous tour of Spain. Original guitarist Jay Millette re-joined the fold in 2019 and the band played their first Canadian show in over a decade to a sold out house at Canadian Music Week in Toronto. 2020 sees a new album from this line-up – rounded out by bassist John Kerns (The Age Of Electric) and drummer Danni Action (Midnight Towers) – and more shows in the pipeline.

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