Behind the Music...
THRIFT STORE HALO is:
- Frank Gradishar (Lead Vocals, Bass Guitar & Songwriting)
- Scott Proce (Drums)
- Lance Tee (Guitar, Backing Vocals & Songwriting)
Thrift Store Halo (“TSH”) is an American Indie Power Pop band hailing from Chicago, Illinois. Originally formed in 1994, TSH released one EP and one LP before taking a near-20 year break in 1998; the band returned in August, 2017, with a new, six-song EP, “POP-ROCKET”. The band's songs have charted over 200 times on various indie charts, including 26 Weeks on the Radio Indie Alliance Overall Top 40 and have been played on 70+ radio stations around the world.
Richard Rossi of POWER POP NEWS reviewed the new "POP-ROCKET" EP and said: "Catchy tunes that fit well within the classic power pop template used by bands such as Cheap Trick, Fountains of Wayne and early Tom Petty. “I’m Not Through” is first rate guitar pop with it’s shout aloud chorus and memorable melody. It’s easy to like the bouncy “Let’s Not Wait” and “Save Me From Myself” has the catchy chorus and crunchy guitars that place it head and shoulders above the others. While it’s only one of several quite enjoyable songs on Pop Rocket, it’s the standout single for me."
"POP-ROCKET" officially launched on 8.15.17 on the band’s own Hi-Beam Records label, in association with Pravda Records & Pravda Music Publishing in Chicago.
TSH songs have been featured regularly on Woodyradio ("Secret Weapon" in Canada), KOR Radio (UK), Belter Radio (UK), SHMU 99.8 FM (Scotland), 88.7 FM ("Razor & Die Show", in Chicago), “Simon’s Big New Thursday Thing” (6 Towns Radio, UK), The Music Authority (US), Radio Candy Hits Radio (US), Pop That Goes Crunch (US), WBOM (Rockford, IL), Chasing The Essential (US) and The Power Pop Show! "I'm Not Through" has made Radio Indie Alliance Top 10 in US and UK and Top 40 Overall. "I'm Not Through" was also featured on Ice Cream Man Power Pop & More's "Rocking Road" Compilation (released 7.28.17) and "Save Me From Myself" prominently kicked off Ice Cream Man Power Pop & More's 200th Show on 7.25.17. A podcast showcase of the band was broadcast on Rick's Records Podcast on 8.17.17.
Favorable reviews are in from Power Pop News, Power of Pop, Broken Hearted Toy, and Poprockrecords.com; an in-depth interview of TSH has been featured in the Startip Webzine (Japan).
The band's debut album, "World Gone Mad", was released in 1998, with original guitarist, Brent Seatter, and had several tracks featured on multiple 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." The LP has amassed over 76,000 plays on Spotify.
In total, Thrift Store Halo has been streamed almost 90,000 times (total) across all streaming platforms (including Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Bandcamp, SoundCloud!