Behind the Music...
THRIFT STORE HALO is:
- Frank Gradishar (Vocals, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Keyboards & Songwriting)
- Cory Hance (Guitars/Vocals)
- Scott Proce (Drums, Keyboards, Percussion)
Thrift Store Halo (“TSH”) is an American Indie Power Pop trio hailing from Chicago, Illinois. Originally formed in 1994, by Gradishar, Proce and Seatter, TSH released one EP and one LP before taking a near-20 year break in 1999.
The band reformed in 2016, with Lance Tawzer (ex-Material Issue and Lupins) on guitar and in August, 2017, released a new, six-song EP, “POP-ROCKET”.
A two-song single, "Concrete Sky"/"Every Time With You", followed in 2018, as did an original Christmas track, "I Still Love Christmas".
In 2019, the band released the "Consolation Prize Fighter" EP.
On February 18, 2022, after a prolonged Covid shutdown, the trio, with guitarist Brent Seatter returning to the fold following Lance Tawzer's amicable departure, released a new, three-song, EP, "Enemies With Benefits", the first recording by the original lineup since 1998.
On June 18, 2022, TSH released a new single "White Flag", the band's contribution to the POP AID benefit CD supporting the World Central Kitchen's work on the ground in war-torn Ukraine. TSH's Frank Gradishar served as the compilation's Executive Producer along with Ray Gianchetti, owner of the Kool Kat Musik record label in New Jersey. POP AID contains 63 new tracks by the finest indie power pop acts from around the globe.
Released on August 5, 2022, the POP AID CD has had strong sales and charted multiple times on the Radio Free Americana playlist charts, reaching No. #1 on July 28, 2022! 100% of the net profits from sales of physical CDs and downloads are directly donated to World Central Kitchen.
In October, 2022, veteran Chicago guitarist Cory Hance (ex-The Cells, Box-O-Car) joined the band, following Brent Seatter's departure.
The band's debut, full-length album, "World Gone Mad", was released in June, 1998, on the band's own Hi-Beam Records label in association with Chicago indie label, Pravda Records/Pravda Music Publishing after TSH was courted, and ultimately passed-on, by Herbert Albert and Jerry Moss for that duo's post-A&M label, ALMO SOUNDS. The band was the runner-up in the Disc Makers "Best Unsigned Band" competition in 1998.
Several tracks off the album were featured on TV shows including, "Party of Five", "Smallville", "Pensacola Wings of Gold" and various MTV programs, including "Undressed", "Road Rules" and "Making the Video: R.E.M."
Each of the TSH's post-World Gone Mad releases have been recorded, engineered and co-produced by the band's "fourth member" Kevin Mucha at Coerce Recording outside of Chicago.
The band's songs have charted over 518 times on various indie radio charts, including 37 weeks in the Radio Indie Alliance Overall Top 75, and have been played on over 100 radio stations around the world.
In total, TSH songs have been streamed over 272,550 on Spotify alone. In total, the band has amassed approximately 290,000 streams across all platforms as of 1/16/2023.
- Brent Seater (Guitars; 1994- April,1998; July, 1998-1999, 2005; 2012; 2016; 2021- October, 2022)
- Ed Dulian (Guitars; May-July, 1998)
- Lance Tawzer (Guitar, Backing Vocals & Co-Songwriting; 2016-2021)