Half & Half
By Lynn Lieu
CITIES OF ORIGIN: “We all met at Redlands East Valley High School and formed for the battle of the bands,” says Alex Watkins. “We later realized we wanted to stick together and share our music and unique sound. We now practice in Colton where the majority of our members now reside.”
KINDRED SPIRITS: Streetlight Manifesto, Reel Big Fish, Suburban Legends, Rise Against, Rancid Young the Giant, Incubus, System Of A Down, Mumford and Sons, The Beetles, Swell Season, Punch Brothers and The White Strips.
WEBSITES: Facebook.com/Half.Half.Music; Reverbnation.com/thehalfandhalfmusic.
FREQUENTS: Redlands East Valley, Redlands High School, The Cajon Street 500 Halloween Event and The Fox Theater (Redlands) for “Paradigm Palooza” the Christina Little Scholarship Benefit Concert.
The members of Half & Half have always been interested in music. During high school the gang met in marching band. “All of us have always played ever since we were very young, and wanted to explore it as a band,” says vocalist and saxophonist for the band Alex Watkins. “We originally formed to play in our school’s battle of the bands.” From there the band has moved on to performing at the House of Blues in Anaheim and the Whiskey A Go Go in Los Angeles. This time the group performs near its hometown at The Wire. We caught up with Half & Half to chat about its success and roots.
How would you describe your music?
Harrison Fakas: Our sound is easily described as a poppy alternative rock music that is very unique to the ska genre. We are also not afraid to dabble in some classic indie.
Can you tell us about what The Sun called your “dream booking” in October referring to your shows at the House of Blues in Anaheim and the Whisky a Go Go?
Ben Purper: The Sun and the Redlands Daily Facts were very excited to hear of our show bookings and decided to put it on the cover of their newspapers. We were also very ecstatic, not many bands get shows of that popularity in so early their careers.
How did those shows go and how have they affected your career?
Aric Perez: The shows at the House of Blues and the Whisky A Go Go were amazing. We had a big crowd and lots of energy. We couldn’t have ask for better turn outs.
Half & Half at The Wire Art and Music Venue, 247 N. 2nd Ave., Upland, (909) 985-9466; thewire247.com. Fri, Jan. 4. 7pm. $10.