Joe Hawley

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Joe Hawley
Current Member of Tally Hall
Date of Birth: September 23, 1982
Hometown: Bloomfield Hills, MI (???)
Current resident of: Brooklyn, NY


Joining The Band

In Joe's words:

"Sophomore year in college, film school acquaintance Andrew Laurich and I were out videotaping a wedding. In the car on the way back, he played me a CD of his housemate’s high school band, called “ListedBlack.” I thought it was OK, but didn’t think much of it.

I had been to a few parties at their house, but the only person I really knew there for a while was Laurich. During Fall Semester 2002, Rob formally introduced himself to me (”I live with Andrew Laurich”) at a Musicology lecture. We began to get lunch after class semi-regularly, swapping e-mails and so forth. He sent me a few recordings of himself, Andrew Horowitz, and Zubin performing a small concert in the basement of the Frieze building, which used to be an academic facility on campus. I e-mailed him a couple of experimental tracks I had made over the summer for fun with my high school friend Andrew Kurtz: Covers of “Lady Madonna” by the Beatles and “Space Oddity” by David Bowie.

I was very surprised when Rob invited me to practice with his band one day; I had no intention of joining or committing to the project whatsoever. The idea of being in an actual band had never occurred to me. Steve Gallagher was invited around the same time (maybe a practice later or so), and Rob later told me that he thought I’d be an adequate lead guitarist based on some of the stuff I did in “Space Oddity.” I played a couple gigs with them (first as “Gallagher,” then as “540,” the address of their house) as a backup musician, but I didn’t really feel like part of the band until I suggested that we name it Tally Hall and Rob actually listened. He subsequently proposed it to the group (Tally Hall was one of many names I suggested via e-mail), and it was unanimous after some explaining to Andrew Horowitz, the only out-of-stater. I was basically Rob’s very inexperienced hired gun until we covered “Blinded By The Light” at the Blind Pig. Then Andrew wrote “Good Day,” I wrote “Ruler Of Everything,” etc."

"Where's Joe?" Controversy of 2010

In March of 2010, Joe was not present for the tour with Jukebox The Ghost and Skybox. Casey Shea filled in for Joe (vocals and guitar) whilst wearing a black necktie. The band would tell the crowds that due to unforeseen circumstances, Joe had to back out of the tour at the last minute and nothing was said after that. It was very curious, though, because in the months leading up to this surprise, Joe cleared out his Twitter posts and deleted (or well-hid) his Facebook page. The March tour went on and more questions arose than answers. It was discovered that Joe was in fine health, however, but no one was saying anything about his absence. Months went by and in September of 2010, a show at Denison University occurred with Casey Shea in lieu of Joe once again. This controversy began feeding the anger amongst fans who were already riled up over the delayed release of Good & Evil, which had its ETA pushed back multiple times.

October 2010 brought more curious change to the as-yet-untold story of Joe Hawley and his involvement with the band. He moved to Nashville, Tennessee. The short story there is that his lease was up in Brooklyn and a friend of his was moving to Nashville and invited Joe to stay with him. He took the opportunity, though there's no telling how permanent or temporary this move is or how it will impact the relationship with Tally Hall, which, is already under immense scrutiny at this point. The long story is probably not something the public will know for awhile, if ever.

Fun Facts

  • Joe's middle name is Robert


The following is an alphabetical compilation of the Tally Hall songs Joe Hawley has written or helped to write: