Halo Halo are three friends living in South London, writing a primal, hyper-melodic music that makes you want to dance into the mountains and throw a rope around the moon! Rachel Horwood (vocals, banjo, also of the band Trash Kit), Jack Barraclough(vocals, drums) and Gill Partington (bass, modded-keyboard) came together just two years ago inspired by a shared love of the naturalism of folk music and the freedom of punk.  Naming their band after a very colourful, refreshing hotchpotch of a dessert from the Philippines (where Rachel’s family are from) the same random delight and faith in surprise is central to their music – shot through in clattering technicolour by traditional forms of Filipino music like Tiboli and the mystical chanting and sacred percussion of the Ifugao.

 This last three years have seen Halo Halo release a well received 7” single through the imprints of Savoury Days in Europe and M’Ladys in the USA, alongside several homemade CDs, leading to them playing countless shows, including performances in Israel, the Republic of Korea, the Arctic Circle, and in support of kindred spiritsElectrelane on tour in Europe.  With this eagerly-awaited, self-titled debut album onUpset The Rhythm, Halo Halo have raised their game, delivering not only well written songs with lyrics that won’t leave you, but also commanding a confidence in their approach matched by their broadening production values.
With this album, Halo Halo have achieved a lot, they’ve traveled far and have returned to their beginnings, all with an impeccable melodic hold that time cannot diminish.

UK shows – more to follow:
1st June – No Dark Places Festival – London, The Albert, Queens Park
3rd June – Pulse Fringe Festival, Ipswich
18th July – Power Lunches – London, Dalston (w/ Mickey Gloss and The Wharves)  

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