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Discography:
2009: Cherry Flavored Quick Fix – CD & digital EP
2011: The Dead Don't Lie – CD & digital album
2012: Vault – retrospective compilation CD album
2012: Gloomy Sunday – CD & digital single
2013: Ode to Krampus – digital single 2014:
Haunted – CD & digital EP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strap On Halo are a gothic rock trio whose blend of American deathrock and ‘traditional goth’ is driven by howling, swirling guitars (Seán Rial), gloom-laden bass (Marc Rhön Jones) and wailing female vocals (Layla Reyna). Although often compared to the likes of Faith and the Muse, Mephisto Walz, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Switchblade Symphony and Christ vs. Warhol. Rather than citing a list of other bands, Strap On Halo themselves refer instead to influences ranging from Halloween and classic horror movie imagery to current events, insisting that their influences “are really all around us”. The band see no need for cataloguing their musical inspirations when others can easily connect those dots, pointing out that their influences are “visual, auditory and emotional”.

The new trio’s first release was ‘Cherry Flavored Quick Fix’ EP; a four-song EP recorded and produced over one weekend at the Mattress Factory in Chicago, Illinois with drummer-turned-producer Martin Atkins. The Quick Fix Tour hit the road in the summer of 2010, and over the next two weeks took in New Orleans, Texas, Florida and Nebraska. It was to mark the beginning of the band’s love affair with the road.

On 10 June 2011, the band released their début full-length album, ‘The Dead Don’t Lie’. The album was produced, mixed and mastered by Mick Shearman of NightPorter and Raymond Ross of Ankst; collaborations initially born from an international musical collective who had worked together on a cover of Bowie’s ‘Everyone Says Hi’ to raise money and awareness for the Sophie Lancaster Foundation

The band's Waking Sleep Tour in July 2012 took them across the West Coast of the US and into Texas, while in September they joined The Spiritual Bat for the American Midwest leg of the Italian band’s Cruel Machine Tour. The band’s final show for the year was in Jacksonville, Florida, where they appeared at the first annual Age of Decay Festival on 22 September, on a bill with Ex-Voto and Lestat, among others.

In December 2012, Strap On Halo released their cover of ‘Gloomy Sunday’ as a single; mixed, mastered and produced once more by Raymond Ross, and accompanied by remixes of the album tracks ‘Monsters’ and ‘Only In Death’ from both Kitty Lectro and Ankst, respectively.

In June 2013 the band set out on their fourth promotional tour of the US – the Dark Unity Tour supporting False Icons, It was also during this year that Strap On Halo began recording sessions for their next EP, and released ‘Ode to Krampus’ as a one-off internet-only single, just ahead of Christmas that year.

The five-song ‘Haunted’ EP followed in February 2014, while the next month saw Strap On Halo embark on the Near Dark US Tour, in tandem with UK gothic rock band The Last Cry, organized and promoted in collaboration with DJ Martin ‘Oldgoth’ Coles of Thirteen13 (UK). In the making for over a year-and-a-half beforehand, the Near Dark Tour is fondly regarded by those involved as one of the best road-trips ever, and resulted in a number of lasting bonds being forged across continents.

In December of 2014 the band relocated to Seattle, WA to record an album with industry heavy hitter Lee Popa (Macy Gray, White Zombie, Living Colour, Pigface, Ministry, etc.) Now complete, Strap On Halo is currently booking dates for 2015 and 2016 while fans eagerly anticipate the official release date for the new full length album, ‘Prayers for the Living’.