Alison's Halo

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Alison's Halo
Alison's Halo - Band Shot - Polaroid.jpg
Background information
Origin Tempe, Arizona
Genres Dream pop, shoegaze
Years active 1992–present
Labels Independent Project Records, Burnt Hair Records
Associated acts Half String, the Pastry Heroes, Kitten Factor, Insta, Lochheed, Spectrum, the Idaho Falls, Frausdots, the Vacant Lots, Britta Phillips
Website Official site
Members Catherine Cooper
Adam Cooper
Roger Brogan
Past members Lynn Anderson
Thomas Lanser
Scott Macdonald
David Rogers

Alison's Halo is a band from Tempe, Arizona. Their sound, distinguished by dreamy vocals and loud, spacey guitars, is often also associated with shoegaze and dream pop.


Alison's Halo formed in Tempe, Arizona in the fall of 1992. The original lineup included vocalist/guitarist Catherine Cooper, guitarist Adam Cooper and bassist Lynn Anderson (they dubbed their drum machine "Alison"). Their debut gig was at an old Odd Fellows hall with Jimmy Eat World.[1] The band quickly obtained opening slots for international touring acts like Ultra Vivid Scene, Curve, the Verve, the Boo Radleys, Bailter Space, and Stereophonics,[1] performed at several music festivals (including CMJ Music Marathon and South by Southwest) and recorded two demo cassettes, Slug and Halo. They added drummer Thomas Lanser prior to recording their debut single, "Dozen", released in early 1995 on Independent Project Records. The lineup changed again, with bassist David Rogers (also of Half String) and drummer Roger Brogan replacing Anderson and Lanser. Their first album, Eyedazzler 1992-1996, a CD compilation of songs the band created between 1992 and 1996, was released in 1998 on Burnt Hair Records.[2]

After the dissolution of Alison's Halo in the late 1990s, Adam and Catherine Cooper went on to record Burt Bacharach-influenced pop at their home Jetpack Studios under a variety of band names. As the Pastry Heroes, they self-released the five-song Horn Rim Fury CD EP in 1998 on their own Submersible Recordings. As Kitten Factor, they put out the three-song "Surround" 7" EP in 1999 on Sunday Records, as well as the "Nite Lite" single. In 1999 they changed names again to Insta, rereleasing Horn Rim Fury under that name via Sunday. Insta released a full-length album, Checklist for Love, in 2002 on Sunday. Adam Cooper also recorded as the solo ambient guitar project Lochheed.[3] Drummer Brogan joined Sonic Boom's band Spectrum in 2008 and also recorded with the the Idaho Falls, Frausdots, the Vacant Lots and Britta Phillips.[4]

In 2009, the Coopers reactivated Alison's Halo and released several digital compilations of old material via their website, including three live albums and the Jetpacks for Julian demos EP.[5] A deluxe reissue of Eyedazzler was announced for release via the Captured Tracks label's "Shoegaze Archives" series on December 3, 2013, but has not yet been issued.[6][7][8] The band also announced plans to record a new EP.[9]

The Alison's Halo song "Dozen" was included in the Still in a Dream: A Story of Shoegaze 1988-1995 box set compilation, released January 29, 2016 by Cherry Red Records.[1]

On April 13, 2016, the band self-released a digital single, "Some Heaven"/"The Hardest Part", both tracks being Eyedazzler-era demos from the 1990s.[10]


Singles and EPs[edit]

  • Slug cassette EP (1993, self-released)
  • Halo cassette EP (1994, self-released)
  • "Dozen"/"Calendar" 7" single (1995, Independent Project)
  • Jetpacks for Julian digital EP (2009, self-released)
  • "Some Heaven"/"The Hardest Part" digital single (2016, self-released)

Compilation albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

  • Live at the 1995 All Fish Go to Heaven Festival: Hollywood Alley - Mesa Arizona digital album (2009, self-released)
  • Live at the 1995 Beautiful Noise Festival: Downtown Performance Center - Tucson Arizona digital album (2009, self-released)
  • Live at the 1995 Beautiful Noise Festival: Rancho De Los Muertos - Phoenix Arizona digital album (2009, self-released)

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • "Dozen" on Still in a Dream: A Story of Shoegaze 1988-1995 (2016, Cherry Red)