Before Autotelic, before Up Dharma Down, there was Hale.
A little flashback: I’ve known Hale since 2005, when they’re still doing gigs at small bars like SaGuijo, Mayrics, and 6 Underground. I’ve always seen Champ around gigs and we’ve stayed in touch after Hale disbanded in 2010. Yes, I got heartbroken when Omnie decided to part ways with them and eventually decided to disband.
I have been hearing rumors about Hale doing a comeback since mid-2014. But these rumors sort of got verified when Nicole of Red Ninja Productions sent me an iMessage asking if I was a fan of Hale. Of course I said yes and then sort of screamed when she said that Champ, Sheldon, Roll, and Omnie (or I thought it will be Omnie) will be performing a secret set for Monty Macalino (Mayonnaise)’s birthday salubong gig at 12 Monkeys. So of course I went and brought my trusty Kodak PlaySport Zx5 camera and filmed their set.
GRABE YUNG NOSTALGIA! Abot-tenga yung ngiti ko habang pinapanood ko yung Hale. After all these years, they still sound the same. Well, not really because Omnie is not the one on drums. 🙁 But they still killed it with new drummer Pao!
Here’s my video of Hale’s first gig after 5 years!
Kung Wala Ka
The Day You Said Goodnight
So the question now is are they really back? Is Hale back and will play more gigs this year? All I can say is – STAY TUNED!
Edit: Sheldon Gellada, bassist of Hale just sent me a message on Facebook to clarify things: