Halogen (band)

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Halogen
Origin Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Genres Rock
Years active 1998–present
Labels Phantom/MGM
Karmic Hit
Website Official website
Members Jasmine Yee
Frans Bisschops
Ben Crooke
Rob Maszkowski
Trent Dhue

Halogen is a five-piece band from Perth, Western Australia. Formed in 1998 by two expatriate New Zealanders - Jasmine Yee and Frans Bisschops.

History[edit]

The band first gained national prominence in Australia through the song "Hole Around My Heart" from their Somewhere You're Alone recording. The song won the WAM Song of the Year in 2001.[1] With the release of the single "Walkaway", and an accompanying tour of Australia's east coast (including a showcase performance at the Australian Music Week), the band furthered their claim for national attention. The single received rotational airplay on national broadcaster Triple J and a follow-up single, in the form of "On A Bridge", followed suit. Both singles found their way onto the band's debut album Save the Ones You Love. A third single from the album, "Caught Me", was subsequently released and also found rotational airplay.

Rather than take a traditional recording approach for their follow-up album Building On The Edge Of The Sky, songwriters Jasmine Yee and Frans Bisschops directed each composition to a different emerging producer. The result was a brilliant, if somewhat eclectic, recording taking Halogen away from the brooding guitars that previously typified their sound and into the realm of electronica.

Halogen's third album, titled Sirens was released on the 17 July 2006, on Karmic Hit, a record label formed by Steve Kilbey, singer/songwriter from seminal Australian band The Church.

Yee has also undertaken a number of other collaborations include singing on the Pendulum song, "Sounds of Life" on their 2005 album, Hold Your Colour, backing vocals for Fourth Floor Collapse as well as vocals for "Can’t let You be Lonely" by The Transients.

Yee and Bisschops are currently working on a side project, She Selexx, with local producer, Trilby Temperley, the older brother of Kavyen Temperley (Eskimo Joe).

Members[edit]

  • Chris Ashton - guitar (former)
  • Frans Bisschops - guitar, keyboard
  • Jeff Bullen - drums (former)
  • Jason Clemo - guitar (former)
  • Ben Crooke - drums
  • Trent Dhue - guitar, keyboard, trumpet
  • Neil Scothern - bass (former)
  • Rob Maszkowski - bass
  • Jasmine Yee - vocals

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Save The Ones You Love - Karmic Hit (KH016) (10 March 2003)
  • Building On The Edge Of The Sky - Karmic Hit (KH020) (5 July 2004)
  • Sirens - Karmic Hit (KH036) (15 July 2006)

EPs[edit]

  • Into The Crash Barrier - Independent self release (H#001) (1999)
  • Somewhere You're Alone - Phantom/MGM (PMR040s) (1 February 2001)
  • Parade - Karmic Hit (2003) Limited edition
  • Baby's Eyes - Karmic Hit (KH034) (6 February 2006)

Singles[edit]

  • "Walkaway/Drive" - Phantom/MGM (MWA075) (2001)
  • "On A Bridge/Hole Around My Heart" - Phantom/MGM (MWA088) (4 February 2002)
  • "Caught Me" - Karmic Hit (2003) Promo Only
  • "In The Summer" - Karmic Hit (12 March 2005) Limited edition

References[edit]

  1. ^ WAM Archive

External links[edit]