All three of the band's albums were released on Johnson's influential Olympia record label, K Records.
Following a hiatus through the early 2000s, the Halo Benders reformed in March 2007 for a pair of shows at the Visual Arts Collective in Boise, ID. The band featured Doug Martsch, Ralf Youtz, Calvin Johnson, Bret Netson, and Stephen Gere. Recently in November 2010, a reformed version with both Doug and Calvin appeared for a benefit for Friends of Mia at the Capital Theatre in Olympia,WA.
The Halo Benders' music is characterised by untraditional sounds, movements, and song structures. The vocals of the baritone Johnson and the higher-pitched Martsch have been described as highly contrasting - "each seems to inhabit a completely different song." Johnson has said that the two write lyrics for songs largely independently.