Q&A: Glam punk rockers Black Halos have returned with an album to be proud of
No one will ever mistake the Black Halos for a mainstream pop act.
The quintet’s slashing punk style is certainly not heard on Top 40 stations. Lead singer Billy Hopeless is on record describing the group he has fronted since 1993 as “a real outsider rock ‘n’ roll band.” But on its first new release since 2007s We Are Not Alone, the reformed crew sounds completely refreshed and — yes, it’s true — even a bit poppy.
Songs such as Better Days have an unmistakable bounce and singalong choruses, and Ain’t No Good Time To Say Goodbye is a nostalgic ode to letting go. Plus, How The Darkness Doubled literally ends on A Positive Note. It’s amazing to think that no other band has had the cheek to think of naming the closing song on an album that before.
So the swagger and the sass is all in place over the record’s 12 tunes, but balanced with a good helping of humour and the kind of energy that says this is a band really enjoying making music together again.