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Hallraker

Hallraker

Hallraker


Hallraker was a hardcore band more or less born at UMASS in Amherst, Massachusetts during the Spring of 1996. Chris Bevilaqua, and Jim Belisle grew up together in North Andover, MA and were both students at UMASS. With Brian Murray, a transplant from Orange County, CA and bassist from their old band, Canon, they got together with Western Mass. local and fellow UMASS student, Jim Pion and thus bore hallraker. Brian had to split after a couple of months and only a few shows, but helped plant the seeds and wrote some great songs. Read more on Last.fm
Hallraker was a hardcore band more or less born at UMASS in Amherst, Massachusetts during the Spring of 1996. Chris Bevilaqua, and Jim Belisle grew up together in North Andover, MA and were both students at UMASS. With Brian Murray, a transplant from Orange County, CA and bassist from their old band, Canon, they got together with Western Mass. local and fellow UMASS student, Jim Pion and thus bore hallraker. Brian had to split after a couple of months and only a few shows, but helped plant the seeds and wrote some great songs.

Jim Pion called on Jim Shea (a former bandmate from Western Mass forgetables Unbound) to take over on bass. Now, in the Summer of '96, the core of hallraker was formed. Hallraker brought in elements of skate rock, 80's style punk and hard core, with influences ranging from the Bad Brains, to Led Zepplin, Wean, The Police, Dag Nasty, Black Flag, and a million different points in between. That Fall, hallraker (with the brief addition of Paul Carlton, also from Canon, on second guitar) recorded the Sessions 7" for Ellington records.

They played seeming countless dorm shows and played in and around the Pioneer Valley pretty heavily. Next came the recording of the Sike records CD release, The Methods of... This album was produced and recorded by Steven Wardlaw, guitarist for punk rock heroes, The Marshes (for whom Colin Sears of Dag Nasty played drums... Emil Busi sang and played bass, he's noteworthy on his own!) Released in 1997, this disc got hallraker all over New England and on to some great shows with bands like H2O, Lifetime, Converge, The Marshes, The Promise Ring, Snapcase, Doc Hopper, Bane, Weston, Ignite, Saves the Day, By the Grace of God, DrowningMan, Line of Fire, Man Without Plan, the Warren Commission, Daltonic, Get High, and many others.

After graduation, Chris Bev felt the California sun calling, and moved to Huntington Beach. Glen Brasile took over the drums and kept hallraker rolling through 1998. The She 7" was released on Phyte records. Two of the songs were recorded with Bev on drums and the other two with Glen.

One of those songs, "MVH", was also released on a compilation put out by Change zine as a tribute to the TV show, The Simpsons. The lyrics to "MVH" are a compilement of quotes from the Simpsons character Milhouse Van Houten. September '98 saw the disolution of hallraker at the Infinity Lounge in Springfield, MA. Belisle joined Bev in Huntington Beach and very shortly thereafter formed The Pop Narcotic with Bev and Brian Murray (who you may remember from the begiHallraker was more or less born at UMASS in Amherst, Massachusetts during the Spring of 1996.

Chris Bevilaqua, and Jim Belisle grew up together in North Andover, MA and were both students at UMASS. With Brian Murray, a transplant from Orange County, CA and bassist from their old band, Canon, they got together with Western Mass. local and fellow UMASS student, Jim Pion and thus bore hallraker. Brian had to split after a couple of months and only a few shows, but helped plant the seeds and wrote some great songs.

Jim Pion called on Jim Shea (a former bandmate from Western Mass forgetables Unbound) to take over on bass. Now, in the Summer of '96, the core of hallraker was formed. Hallraker brought in elements of skate rock, 80's style punk and hard core, with influences ranging from the Bad Brains, to Led Zepplin, Wean, The Police, Dag Nasty, Black Flag, and a million different points in between. That Fall, hallraker (with the brief addition of Paul Carlton, also from Canon, on second guitar) recorded the Sessions 7" for Ellington records.

They played seeming countless dorm shows and played in and around the Pioneer Valley pretty heavily. Next came the recording of the Sike records CD release, The Methods of... This album was produced and recorded by Steven Wardlaw, guitarist for punk rock heroes, The Marshes (for whom Colin Sears of Dag Nasty played drums... Emil Busi sang and played bass, he's noteworthy on his own!) Released in 1997, this disc got hallraker all over New England and on to some great shows with bands like H2O, Lifetime, Converge, The Marshes, The Promise Ring, Snapcase, Doc Hopper, Bane, Weston, Ignite, Saves the Day, By the Grace of God, DrowningMan, Line of Fire, Man Without Plan, the Warren Commission, Daltonic, Get High, and many others.

After graduation, Chris Bev felt the California sun calling, and moved to Huntington Beach. Glen Brasile took over the drums and kept hallraker rolling through 1998. The She 7" was released on Phyte records. Two of the songs were recorded with Bev on drums and the other two with Glen.

One of those songs, "MVH", was also released on a compilation put out by Change zine as a tribute to the TV show, The Simpsons. The lyrics to "MVH" are a compilement of quotes from the Simpsons character Milhouse Van Houten. September '98 saw the disolution of hallraker at the Infinity Lounge in Springfield, MA. Belisle joined Bev in Huntington Beach and very shortly thereafter formed The Pop Narcotic with Bev and Brian Murray (who you may remember from the beginning of this story).

Jim Shea joined up with SuperAgent. Glen got evil and scary in The Year of Our Lord. And Jim Pion got in touch with his drunken, sensitive side in The Taints. There was a hallraker reunion show at Flywheel in Easthampton, MA in December 2000.

If we were in the same place at the same time, there's no reason to believe that it couldn't happen again. As of January '06, Jim Belisle currently sings in Play Pretty for Baby (the evolution of Huntington Beach, CA's The Pop Narcotic). Chris Bev very recently split from The Doomriders of Boston, MA; however, still lives on the left coast in Long Beach. Jim Shea lives in Baltimore, MD and as of this writer's last knowledge played bass in a band called Memoria.

Glen Brasile keeps busy, recently spending time in the now defunct INOUK. Jim Pion still lives in Chicopee, MA and is a proud daddy and a Social Worker (he's also a kick-ass guitar repair person and works pretty cheaply... wink, wink.)nning of this story). Jim Shea joined up with SuperAgent.

Glen got evil and scary in The Year of Our Lord. And Jim Pion got in touch with his drunken, sensitive side in The Taints. There was a hallraker reunion show at Flywheel in Easthampton, MA in December 2000. If we were in the same place at the same time, there's no reason to believe that it couldn't happen again.

As of January '06, Jim Belisle currently sings in Play Pretty for Baby (the evolution of Huntington Beach, CA's The Pop Narcotic). Chris Bev very recently split from The Doomriders of Boston, MA; however, still lives on the left coast in Long Beach. Jim Shea lives in Baltimore, MD and as of this writer's last knowledge played bass in a band called Memoria. Glen Brasile keeps busy, recently spending time in the now defunct INOUK.

Jim Pion still lives in Chicopee, MA and is a proud daddy and a Social Worker (he's also a kick-ass guitar repair person and works pretty cheaply... wink, wink.) Taken directly from the Hallraker myspace page Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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