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|Genres||Dream pop, shoegaze|
|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|
|Past members||Lynn Anderson
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. The band quickly obtained opening slots for international touring acts like Ultra Vivid Scene, Curve, the Verve, the Boo Radleys, Bailter Space, and Stereophonics, 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.
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. 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.
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. 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. The band also announced plans to record a new EP.
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.
Singles and EPs
- 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)
- 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)
- "Dozen" on Still in a Dream: A Story of Shoegaze 1988-1995 (2016, Cherry Red)
- Tom, Reardon (18 March 2016). "Tempe Shoegaze Band Alison's Halo Added to Seminal Shoegaze Box Set" (Phoenix New Times). Retrieved 24 February 2017.
- Dale T. Nicholls. "Artist Biography". Allmusic.com. Retrieved March 11, 2014.