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Tally Hall has not broken up. They’ve not even officially made any sort of announcement saying what their current status is, but I personally feel the best way to describe their status is “on hiatus.” They’re all doing their own things, if you haven’t noticed, and I think that’s a great way for them all to better discover their individual strengths. Then, when and if they begin writing together again, things could get great.
Andrew has stayed in the music business; writing solo under the moniker “edu” as well as being a studio musician for such acts as John Legend & Blake Charleton. In addition to putting out an album called “sketches” in 2012, his work as a songwriter and instrumentalist on John Legend’s album “Love In The Future” earned Mr. Legend a Grammy nomination. You can find him playing small solo shows around the Brooklyn area. Andrew contributed to Rob’s solo album, too. Andrew plans on releasing a follow-up to “sketches” in the future.
Joe has been back at school, actually, living in the southern half of the states. But that didn’t stop his musical endeavors. He put together “Hawaii: Part II” in 2012 (with Zubin, Ross, and Rob), which is a fantastic album that allowed him to dump out a lot of music he’s had in his head for years. In 2014, Joe released “Hawaii: Part II, part ii” which provided fans with outtakes and demos of the original album. The same year, a video game was created, based on “Labyrinth”, one of the album’s songs.
Rob has probably been the most visible member since Tally Hall’s last album. He’s made his living as a songwriter in Los Angeles and has saw success writing fun, little songs on the side (see: Shia Labeouf, Christian Bale Is At Your Party). In April 2014, he released his debut solo album, “Not A Trampoline” which was warmly embraced by fans of Tally Hall. He’s been releasing some very creative music videos, including one for the song “Perfect”, otherwise known as “29 Celebrity Impressions, 1 Original Song” which went viral and garnered an astounding 5 million views on YouTube in 4 days )now over 10 million). The video was then revealed to be an elaborate hoax by way of another video, which also went viral. Rob was able to top this in October 2014 with the release of “Shia LaBeouf Live“, which was incredibly successful, and was hailed by the likes of Jimmy Kimmell and Rainn Wilson, who called it “THE GREATEST VIDEO OF ALL TIME“. Joss Whedon said: “All art will now be measured by this great work.“
Ross & Zubin also went back to school and though Ross continues to pop up here and there as a producer, percussionist, and DJ as “Mr. F“. His main focus has been school. He graduated from UofM with a 4.0 science GPA and is attending Yale for grad school.
Zubin’s also focusing on school and aside from appearing on Hawaii: Part II, has not done much of anything in the way of music in the last few years.
But the question you want to know is, will they ever come back together as “Tally Hall”? In the opinion of this humble Tally Hall Fan Headquarters moderator: Yes, eventually, but with not as much push so they can keep their full-time jobs. It will be a casual thing. They were kids when they put their lives on hold the first time. They could afford to do it then. Now they’re adults and making the band a full-time thing is a much bigger risk.
In February 2014, Andrew said “There have been talks of a new record for a long time… We’ve got a ton of material in the vault, lots of new tunes, but we’re all doing our own thing now. Rob (Cantor) has a solo record coming out this year, and I worked on couple of tracks for that. Joe (Hawley) is in a writing phase for some potential Tally Hall tunes. So it’s on our minds, but everybody’s going their own way for the moment.”
So yeah, I wouldn’t be surprised if they recorded some things together here and there, perhaps remotely. Think in terms of what they did for Hawaii: Part II. Touring is a whole other monster. That will mean getting vacation time from work and school timed right for everyone.
Again, these are all my own educational guesses based on the impressions I get from them and applying my own knowledge of trying to be in a band while working full-time. I could be completely wrong. But if you’re getting frustrated because you are waiting for them to put out new music, relax. Don’t hold your breathe any longer. Enjoy what the members are doing outside of Tally Hall and hope for the best.
I knew who Bora was, but Trevelyn posed a question I had not ever thought about before. How did Bora become who he is, in regards to Tally Hall?
So I asked the man himself, Bora Karaca, and this was a good majority of his response:
“The short answer is I am Tally Hall’s mascot.
I heard about Tally Hall when I was a… freshmen in college? My dad went to medical school with Dr. B, who is in a group practice with Dr. Cantor, Bobby’s dad. Dr. B told me Bobby started a band and he couldn’t get over the fact that he called it “Tally Hall”, the name of our Michigan Disneyland. It was just a lame strip mall with delicious greasy pizza and Marvelous Marvin’s in the corner, but as children there was no better place.
What? I went to a show, I loved it, and formally met Bobby and Hawls (very nice people). I wanted a signed CD, so I invited Bob to a mixing session I was doing. He was wearing a black fleece and those torn jeans with experience. We had a long chat and I enjoyed his rapport.
Party is Bora +1.
The Complete Demos he gave me had his signature above his picture, in silver sharpie. I approached J-dawg next, anticipating completion of all the autographs. This was my first proper conversation with him, and we had a long talk about recording the album, and I suggested ways to improve his recording abilities. It was clear that we were cut from the same cloth.
Joe has joined your party!
Andy Witz may have walked up the stairs at that point, where I properly introduced myself. He was very shy and did not join the party. I went to every show of theirs afterward, where I met Zhub after a Live @ Leo’s gig, and R-sky and Hutch after a Michigan Union gig (he seemed completely uninterested in me). I don’t really remember details, but I think I just obnoxiously offered help at shows, and as a recording engineer.
So umm….what? Josephine asked if I was interested in recording the band’s HOT NEW SINGLE, “The Bidding”, so I did. They must have decided I wasn’t completely incompetent, so we recorded some new demos in a Music School classroom. Or did the Bidding recording come after that? Maybe you should…look that up. That eventually became the Pingry EP? I don’t have it so I don’t know.
I was axed to help at various blind pig shows, and eventually some random…out-of-state shows. And then they asked me to come on tour with them several times*. Those were fun.”
*He went on tour with them as the band’s roadie.
Now, Bora can be found in Los Angeles engineering sound and has regular appearances on Tally Hall’s Internet Show. Bora is also a founding member of the now-on-indefinite-hiatus, Ann Arbor based, Metal/Jazz/Experimental band “Cojum Dip“
How exactly do you pronounce each band members names? I know some are self explanatory, but last names can be confusing.
In an effort to stand out amongst the dozens of other great college bands in the Detroit area (and abroad), the idea was brought up to not dress in your typical t-shirt and jeans outfit and not simply hope that your music catches the audience’s attention. With classy and colorful attire, they immediately are noticed visually and it’s my belief that most people just have to listen to what these guys in ties sound like… initially out of curiosity. A few minutes into the set and they’ve caught the attention of everyone’s eyes and ears. It definitely worked and has since become their most unique and stand-out feature.
It also serves up a subconscious effect of showing 5 different personalities.
At first it can be difficult to get everyone straight. But once you know, you know forever.
Joe is the red tie. He plays guitar, sings, and is one of the 4 main songwriters.
Rob is the yellow tie. He plays guitar, sings, and is one of the 4 main songwriters, too.
Zubin is the blue tie. He plays bass, sings, and is one of the 4 main songwriters, too.
Ross is the silver/gray tie. He plays drums and tells wonderful stories.
Andrew is the green tie. He plays piano and percussion, sings occasionally, and is one of the 4 main songwriters.
Did all the members of Tally Hall attend the University of Michigan? Did they all graduate? What were their majors?
All of the members of Tally Hall did attend University of Michigan. Joe, Rob, and Andrew finished all four years, while Zubin only finished three and Ross only finished two. Joe majored in creative writing and film. Zubin majored in biology. Rob majored in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and Non-Professional Music. Ross majored in Pre-Health and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology as well. Andrew majored in Composition and English.
Since the release of Good & Evil, Ross & Zubin have gone back to school.
They’re all pretty versatile. Zubin started out as a drummer before turning bassist. Joe composes much of his compositions on keyboards as well as guitar. I’ve never known Rob (guitar), Andrew (piano) or Ross (drums) to play other instruments but that doesn’t mean they can’t.
For a list of specific kinds of instruments they play, check out the Tally Hallmanac: http://www.hiddeninthesand.com/wiki/index.php?title=Tally_Hall#Equipment_List