Being an intern at Drive-Thru Records can be a valuable learning experience, but can it change your destiny? As an intern, Halifax drummer Tommy Guindon approached label co-owner Richard Reines in the Drive-Thru office and told him, “One day, you’re going to sign my band.” This wasn’t the first time Richard had heard this, but luckily for Tommy and the rest of Halifax, this was the first time it actually came true.
The band from Thousand Oaks, California formed in 2002 and wasted no time laying down their first tracks. That year they released Start Back at Start on ECA Recordings. It was a solid effort but Halifax still had room to grow. By the end of 2003, the band evolved and the line-up changed. New members brought new life, new influences, and new energy into Halifax. In 2004, No Milk Records released the EP A Writer’s Reference and Halifax’s jolting rock n’ roll sound was born, erupting on tracks like “Sydney” and “Broken Glass Syndrome.” Still an unsigned band, Halifax spent 2004 touring relentlessly with no label support including a month long stint on the Van’s Warped Tour. In mid-summer, Tommy’s bold prediction came to pass and Halifax signed with Drive-Thru Records.
A Writer’s Reference received plenty of critical accolades, but the release was limited. Drive-Thru, in conjunction with No Milk, remastered the EP and on January 25, 2005 will re-release it with an additional track. The re-release is just an appetizer as fans and critics alike anxiously await the main course: a full-length album. Halifax is spending the early part of next year writing new material and plans to release their full-length debut on Drive-Thru Records in Summer 2005.