The Halo Benders
are a band formed in 1994
as a side project by Calvin Johnson
of Beat Happening
and Doug Martsch
of Built to Spill
. They released their first album, called God Don't Make No Junk
, in 1994
. They followed up in 1996
with Don't Tell Me Now
and in 1998
with The Rebels Not In
All three of the band's albums were released on Johnson's influential Olympia record label, K Records.
Following a hiatus through the early 2000's, the Halo Benders reformed in March 2007 for a pair of shows at the Visual Arts Collective in Boise, ID. The band featured Doug Martsch, Ralf Youtz, Calvin Johnson, and Bret Netson.
The Halo Benders' music is characterised by untraditional sounds, movements, and song structures. Additionally, the vocals of the baritone Johnson and the pitchy Martsch overlap often, even though often entirely unrelated. Johnson has said that the two write lyrics for songs largely independently.