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Tally Hall is an American rock band formed in December 2002 and based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The band is known for upbeat melodies and whimsical lyrics. The members originally described their musical style as "wonky rock," later changed to "fabloo," in an effort to not let their music be defined by any particular genres after people tried to start defining the characteristics of "wonky rock." Tally Hall has five members, each distinguished by the color of their neckties: vocalist and guitarist Rob Cantor (yellow), vocalist and guitarist Joe Hawley (red), drummer Ross Federman (gray), vocalist and keyboardist Andrew Horowitz (green), and vocalist and bassist Zubin Sedghi (blue). Once under the Atlantic Records recording label, Tally Hall was, again, signed to indie label Quack!Media,Tally Hall announced the release date of Good & Evil under Quack
who previously helped finance and nationally distribute their debut studio album, ''Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum''. They released their second album, ''Good & Evil'', on June 21, 2011. Tally Hall also provided the vocals and music for all of the songs in ''Happy Monster Band'', a children's television series that aired on Playhouse Disney.


History




Early years

Horowitz, the only member not originally from Michigan, began writing songs when he was eight years old, and attended the University of Michigan, studying composition. There he met Cantor, who had both attended high school with Sedghi and joined Hawley's film production group. When Tally Hall's original drummer, Steve Gallagher, left the band in 2004, they recruited Federman, who had gone to high school with Hawley. The name "Tally Hall" comes from its use as the name of an indoor shopping plaza on Orchard Lake Road in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum, the arcade whose name shares the title of their debut album, remains there, though the shopping center has changed names. The album art for Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum is based on machines within the arcade. In 2005, the band released their debut studio album, ''Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum''. Violinist Jeremy Kittel contributed strings to the album. The band has received national media attention, performing their song "Good Day" on ''The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson'' on August 2, 2006, as well as appearing in MTV's segment ''You Hear It First'' in September 2006. The band appeared at the 2007 South by Southwest Music Festival. On August 3, 2008, Tally Hall was a performer on the BMI stage at Lollapalooza. Tally Hall was invited back by ''The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson'' on September 16, 2008, to help promote the launch of ''Tally Hall's Internet Show''. They performed "Welcome to Tally Hall" in newly donned black vests over top of their traditional colored ties, white shirts, and black pants. The band worked on several projects after the completion of ''Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum'', including covering the song "Smile Like You Mean It" by The Killers for the sixth ''The O.C.'' soundtrack: ''Music from the OC: Mix 6''. The band re-released ''Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum'' on April 1, 2008, with their new record label, Atlantic Records after some re-recording and re-mixing.

Tours and ''Good & Evil''

On September 9, 2009, Hidden in the Sand (HITS), a prominent Tally Hall fan site, broke the news that Tally Hall was going to release a collaborative song, featuring Nellie McKay, which would be released as a free download from mp3.walmart.com when customers of Walmart purchased a book called ''The Magician's Elephant'' by Kate DiCamillo. The book had been made available for purchase earlier that day. The same day, HITS reported the title of the song, "Light & Night", along with a short audio clip of it in another update. In their 2010 March tour with Jukebox the Ghost and Skybox, it was reported that Joe Hawley had unexpectedly backed out of the tour. Hawley was replaced with Casey Shea, who wore a black tie. On March 25, 2011, the band announced that all five original band members were still together. The band was managed by The Hornblow Group, who also manages They Might Be Giants, OK Go, and Oppenheimer, until 2010, when Tally Hall changed management to Stiletto Entertainment, who manages Barry Manilow, in addition to several other solo performance acts. With the release of ''Good & Evil'', Tally Hall returned to their original label, Quack!Media. After the release of ''Good & Evil'', the band became inactive, and all of its members went on to more or less independent endeavors. As of 2021, the band has been on an indefinite hiatus.

Beyond ''Good & Evil''

Horowitz, under the moniker "edu", released a solo album called ''sketches'' in 2012. He also was involved in production and piano on John Legend's ''Love in the Future''. Hawley returned to school, but released an album, ''Hawaii: Part II'', as part of his musical side project ミラクルミュージカル (Miracle Musical). He collaborated with Tally Hall members Sedghi, Federman, and Cantor on the album. Hawley later released ''Hawaii: Part II: Part ii'', a compilation of outtakes, demos, and instrumentals of the original album, as well as ''Hawaii Partii'', a collection of songs from the game ''Labyrinth'', based on the music video for the ''Hawaii: Part II'' song of the same name. The track titled ''Labyrinth'' (also commonly known as ''See How I Circle'') featured a collaboration with pop singer Charlene Kaye. Federman has made occasional appearances as producer, percussionist, and DJ with the pseudonym "Mr. F", although his main focus has been school. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology, and graduated from Yale University with a Ph.D in Immunology in May 2019. Sedghi, aside from appearing in ''Hawaii: Part II'', has simply stayed in school. He graduated from the University of Michigan with an undergraduate honors degree in neuroscience, then attended Touro University California for medical school. He now works as a family medicine doctor at Kaiser Permanente in Orange County, California. Sedghi is married with two kids. As of 2020, Horowitz stated during his Instagram livestream Keep Up the Good Work:
So Zubin, correct me if I'm wrong, but he's on the frontline right now, working at a hospital. Well, last we heard, he was like, he was quarantined for, he couldn't... they thought he might be sick, so he was in quarantine for two weeks, then he went back to work in the hospital, and, as far as I know, he's working.
Cantor released his solo album, ''Not a Trampoline'', on April 14, 2014. In addition, he has made several viral videos on YouTube, including "SHIA LABEOUF" and "29 Celebrity Impressions, 1 Original Song - Rob Cantor". He also records songs for Disney Junior Musical Nursery Rhymes. In 2015 Tally Hall's Bandcamp page was updated with a demo LP titled “Admittedly Incomplete Demos”, In reference to their earlier “Complete Demos”. This LP included demos for songs from Good & Evil as well as demos for unreleased songs, live performances, and studio versions of covers such as Just A Friend and The Minstrel Boy. In mid-2016, Hawley announced a comedy hip-hop album ''Joe Hawley Joe Hawley'', which was released October of that year. In 2019, Hawley's ''γɘlwɒH ɘoႱ γɘlwɒH ɘoႱ'', a reversed version of the album, was released. This was due to the large amounts of sampling he used, and to avoid copyright. Eventually, the album was released in its original state in 2020. It is assumed Joe Hawley gained clearance for the samples used on the album, as all songs but one are available on the official release. In 2018, Horowitz released studio versions of piano compositions written in 2003 for the album ''etudes.'' In April 2019, Horowitz released studio versions of piano compositions written in 2005 while he was a student at Michigan university for the album etudes II. In August 2019, the band released their archived cover of Biz Markie's "Just a Friend", which was originally only found on their album "Admittedly Incomplete Demos". In May 2020, Horowitz started a weekly Instagram livestream series titled Keep Up The Good Work, where he has one or two guests on each stream. Some of these guests have included fellow members Federman and Sedghi. In January 2021, it was announced that Needlejuice Records would be reissuing their two studio albums on vinyl, CD, and cassette. The attempted midnight release of Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum on March 13th led to a lag spike on the website with fans attempting to purchase the album at release.


Videos


In addition to music, the band has also created numerous movies. These movies include both music videos and humorous skits. The best known of these videos is the music video for "Banana Man", which resulted in significant publicity among online users visiting the website Albino Blacksheep, along with "The Bidding", another popular title by the group. Corresponding with their single "Good Day", released on February 26, 2008, the band released a music video for the song on YouTube. In August 2008, the band performed a three-song live video set for LiveDaily Sessions, including the songs "Good Day", "Be Born", and "Greener", which premiered on August 28, 2008. They have appeared on Fearless Music several times, playing songs such as "Be Born", "Ruler of Everything", "Misery Fell", "Good Day", and "Banana Man". These recordings can be found on YouTube. In July 2014, band member Rob Cantor released a video in which he seemed to perform his song "Perfect" by singing spot-on impressions of 29 celebrities. In the video, Cantor is accompanied by another band member, Andrew Horowitz, on piano and backing vocals. The video received more than 7,000,000 hits in 10 days. Shortly thereafter, Cantor revealed the video to be an elaborate hoax.

''Tally Hall's Internet Show'' and music videos

Taking on an even larger role within the band's video portfolio was the ten part bi-weekly variety-show series ''Tally Hall's Internet Show'' (T.H.I.S.), which debuted on September 15, 2008. Each episode ran 10 minutes long and was posted on their website. The content primarily included comedy sketches and music videos. With the release of ''Tally Hall's Internet Show'' in September 2008, it became clear that many music videos would be released within the Internet Show. "Good Day" was the first music video to be seen in episode one. Other music videos include "Dream", "Greener", "Hidden in the Sand", "Ruler of Everything", "Taken for a Ride", "The Whole World and You", "Two Wuv", and "Welcome to Tally Hall". A song from their second album, "Turn the Lights Off", also has a music video. The music video for their song "&' was abandoned before its release.


Episode List


# Good Day (September 15, 2008) – 9:24 # Death Request (September 29, 2008) – 11:35 # Taken for a Ride (October 13, 2008) – 9:17 # Welcome to Tally Hall (October 27, 2008) – 11:37 # Who Cares (November 10, 2008) – 9:24 # Two Wuv (November 24, 2008) – 10:31 # Fifteen Seconds of Bora (December 8, 2008) – 9:08 # The Whole World and You (December 22, 2008) – 11:06 # Potato Vs. Spoon (January 5, 2009) – 8:32 # Good Night (January 19, 2009) – 10:53


Band members





Current members


*Robert Howard Cantor (Yellow tie) – Guitar and Vocals *Ross Steven Federman (Grey tie) – Drums and Vocals *Joseph Robert Hawley (Red tie) – Guitar and Vocals *Andrew David Horowitz (Green tie) – Keyboards and Vocals *Zubin Sedghi (Blue tie) – Bass and Vocals


Additional touring members


*Casey Shea (Black tie) – Guitar and vocals (Replacement for Joe Hawley, Tally Hall's tour with Jukebox the Ghost and Skybox, March 2010) *Bora Karaca (Orange tie) - Keyboard, Accordion, Whistling, Acoustic guitar (Good & Evil Tour, Summer 2011)


Past members


*Steven Horatio Gallagher (Grey tie) – Drums.


Discography





Studio albums


*''Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum'' (2005) (Quack!Media) (Re-released in 2008 on Atlantic Records) *''Good & Evil'' (2011) (Quack!Media)


EPs


* ''Partyboobytrap'' (2003) (Independent) * ''Welcome To Tally Hall EP'' (2004) (Independent) * ''The Pingry EP'' (2005) (Independent)


Compilation albums


*''Complete Demos'' (2004) (Independent) *''Admittedly Incomplete Demos'' (2015) (Independent)


Singles


* "Good Day" (2008) (Atlantic Records) * "Light & Night" (featuring Nellie McKay) (2009) (N/A) * "You & Me" (2011) (Quack!Media) * "&" (2011) (Quack!Media) * "Just a Friend (Biz Markie Cover)" (2019)

In other media

* Vaughn English, an unsuccessful contestant on the 2009 season of American Idol, auditioned by singing Tally Hall's song, "Banana Man." The contestant dressed in a yellow suit during the audition. * Tally Hall wrote and performed every song featured on Playhouse Disney's short series ''Happy Monster Band''. * Tally Hall's "Good Day" and "Hidden in the Sand" was featured on the television series ''The O.C.'', and subsequently the soundtrack album ''Music from the OC: Mix 6''. Tally Hall went on to record a cover of The Killers' "Smile Like You Mean It" for the show. *The song "The Whole World and You" can be heard in a commercial for Crayola's 3D Sidewalk Chalk. * Tally Hall's "Banana Man" was featured on ''The Real World: Key West''. * Tally Hall's "Mucka Blucka" was used in the 4th-season premiere of ''The Good Wife''. * A Simlish version of the song "Good Day" was featured in ''The Sims 2''. * The 2019 first-person shooter game ''Borderlands 3'' contains Tally Hall references, such as a line from "Spring and a Storm" and a line from "Ruler of Everything".


References





External links


* {{DEFAULTSORT:Tally Hall (Band) Category:Indie rock musical groups from Michigan Category:Musical groups from Michigan Category:Atlantic Records artists Category:Music of Ann Arbor, Michigan Category:Musical groups established in 2002 Category:2002 establishments in Michigan Category:Rock music groups from Michigan Category:American power pop groups Category:Progressive pop musicians