Photo and article by: Liv Hauck
Falling in love with this band even before hearing the music is easy; with a moniker identical to the 1970s designer of discotheque wear, anything that combines music and high fashion is enticing. But now to the important stuff… what they sound like. Brothers Dando and Carlos combine to perfection endearingly old school rock n’ roll harmonies and chord progressions, circa 1955, with frantically killer beats, and sexy warm vocals on songs like “Gurl Grope” and “Terry Jive”. The song “SINE” best displays Halston’s versatility and originality, and has been on repeat on my iTunes since first hearing it. The boys prove they’re wise beyond their musical years. The intro teases the listener into thinking the song is an electronica dancey track. As soon as the duo has gotten you out of your seat and grinding with your neighbor like you’re at the swankiest dance club in Paris, Dando reveals his blues vocals and Carlos brings in the jazzy guitar and instrumentation, not unlike the music of Grease. However, Halston keeps it modern with the raspy vocals, layers of raw electric guitar, and a bass line oozing with cool.
The fact that this band has not rocketed to stardom is shocking. Halston songs creep into their listeners' psyches and play on repeat in their heads, providing an aurally delicious soundtrack to the lives of whomever hears Halston. Keep an eye out for their new release “From Here to Here”. It’s fan-fucking-tastic.