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Tally Hall
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Place of Origin Ann Arbor, MI
Genres Rock, Indie Rock
Years Active 2002-Present
Label Quack!, Atlantic Records
Website Official Band Website
Tally Hall's YouTube
Band Members
Joe Hawley: Vocals, Guitar
Rob Cantor: Vocals, Guitar
Ross Federman: Drums/Percussion
Andrew Horowitz: Keyboards, percussion, vocals
Zubin Sedghi:Vocals, Bass
Past Members
Steve Gallagher: Drums/Percussion

Honorary Members
Bora Karaca: Bora Karaca Live Backup
Casey Shea: Guitar
Jeremy Kittel: Violin
Bora Karaca: Accordion, Keyboard, Guitar Related Acts (Current)
edu: Andrew's solo
ミラクルミュージカル: Joe's side project
Rob Cantor: Rob's solo
Joe Hawley: Joe's solo
Mr. F: Ross' DJ mash-ups

Tally Hall is an American rock band formed in December 2002 in Ann Arbor, Michigan and is often recognized by their trademark colored ties. Now back under the indie label, Quack! Media where they started out, Tally Hall was once signed to Atlantic Records who helped finance and nationally re-distribute their studio debut album, Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum.

The band is made up of 5 members:

Joe Hawley (red tie - vocals/guitar)

Rob Cantor (yellow tie - vocals/guitar)

Andrew Horowitz (green tie - vocals/keys)

Zubin Sedghi (blue tie - vocals/bass)

Ross Federman (grey tie - percussion)


On the Tally Hall website, there have been two biographies posted.

A 2006 biography read thusly... and a 2008 biography read thusly... (However, this one seems to be fictionalized by a close friend. It's an amazing read, though. Bernie Michael seems to be a real person, at any rate-- he isn't fictionalized. Possibly.)

Andrew, the only member not originally from Michigan, began writing songs when he was eight years old and eventually headed to the University of Michigan to study composition. There he met Rob and Zubin, who both attended the same high-school and played in a band called listedBlack. The three formed a band (name unknown) and played small shows around the University of Michigan dorms, where all 5 members went to school.

Rob met Joe on campus and as they began to become friendly, Rob learned of Joe's musical abilities and asked him and Steve Gallagher to join the band as lead guitarist and drummer, respectively. Later, they played a few gigs under the name Gallagher and then as 540 (the address of their house at the time). Joe originally suggested the name of the band be "Tally Hall" and everyone agreed (except Andrew, who was not from the area and didn't grasp the magic of what the REAL Tally Hall meant to people in the Detroit area).

Tally Hall was the name of an indoor shopping plaza/food court on Orchard Lake Road in Farmington Hills, Michigan. It was developed by Mel Rosenhaus (1925-2011) and, according to Mr. Rosenhaus' eulogy, was the first food court in Michigan. A wonderous arcade/museum of coin-op machines and oddities called Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum was a popular establishment within Tally Hall and is now all that remains after the Tally Hall complex was torn down.

Eventually, they all agreed to name the band Tally Hall and they began to record some EP's and play small shows around the UofM campus.

The matching wardrobe/colored ties first started around November 2003.

In 2004, when Steve Gallagher left the band, they recruited Ross, who went to high school with Joe.

From 2005 until 2010, the band was managed by The Hornblow Group (They Might Be Giants, OK Go) but they changed management in Spring/Summer of 2010 to Stiletto Entertainment.

In 2011, the band was released from the Atlantic Records label and went back to Quack! Media to release their 2nd full-length album, Good & Evil.

Complete Demos

The LP known as Complete Demos is essentially just a compilation of the songs they recorded for the two EPs they previously released (Party Boobytrap & Welcome To Tally Hall) with the addition of the unnamed hidden track, referred to as Hidden In The Sand. But unlike the EPs, they put effort into manufacturing & packaging and officially released the album on November 11th, 2004. The CD was sold at shows and through their website for about a year. The album was then considered out of print and hard to find until December 2015 when they uploaded it and made it available to purchase through Bandcamp. [1]

Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum


The band began touring outside their general hometown area in 2005, promoting this album, which was initially released in November 2005 under the Quack! Media label in Ann Arbor, MI. Their shows mostly featuring tracks from the album. However, their live concerts often feature a couple cover songs. They're probably best known for their cover of Biz Markie's "Just A Friend", which they used to end every set with but it's not played too often anymore.

A live version of Just a Friend can be found on The Pingry EP released in 2005. Later, In 2006, a studio version was recorded and shelved -- because the band was not happy with it -- but later was released as one of a few bonus songs provided by Atlantic Records for their 2008 re-release of MMMM. These bonus songs (Just A Friend, Mucka Blucka, and Dream) were distributed via download codes handed out at live shows and through the Twitter account of (A.K.A. HITS).


Quack! Media re-released the album in September 2006 with more focused marketing behind it and a wider distribution plan. It helped get them into more stores and gained them more national attention, including impressing radio personality Mancow enough for him to recommend Craig Ferguson listen to the album. Soon after, on August 2, 2006, they were performing their song "Good Day" on The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson. In September 2006, Tally Hall appeared in MTV's segment "You Hear It First."


After signing to Atlantic Records, the band released Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum for the 3rd time on April 1, 2008 with their new record label, but this time they were given the opportunity to re-record and re-mix parts they've never been quite satisfied with and allow a more experienced engineer to gear the songs in a radio-friendlier manner, though the songs did not gain much more radio airplay. In addition to the album, Atlantic Records produced Tally Hall's Internet Show, which was intended to coincide with the release of the album but due to some musical licensing issues, there was a delay and the Internet Show didn't get started until September 2008.

The band also appeared at a few South by Southwest Music Festivals and on August 3, 2008, Tally Hall was a performer on the BMI stage at Lollapalooza.

Tally Hall was invited back by The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson on September 16, 2008 to help promote the launch of Tally Hall's Internet Show. They performed a "radio edit" version of "Welcome to Tally Hall" in newly donned black vests over top of their traditional colored ties, white shirts, and black pants. This was the first time the vests were worn.

The band worked on several projects after the completion of "Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum", including covering the song "Smile Like You Mean It" by The Killers for the sixth The O.C. soundtrack: Music from The OC: Mix 6. They also recorded a song in 2009 called Light And Night featuring Nellie McKay as a free download, distributed by Walmart, when people bought the book "The Magician's Elephant."

Good & Evil

Tally Hall's second album Good & Evil was released on June 12, 2011[2]

Post-Good & Evil

Tally Hall went on hiatus in fall 2011, but the bandmembers worked on other personal, and musical endeavours.

In 2012 Joe Hawley, Ross Federman, and Bora Karaca released Hawaii: Part II under the name ミラクルミュージカル, (Miracle Musical).

In 2014 Rob Cantor released his solo album "Not A Trampoline"

in 2016 Joe Hawley released his solo album "Joe Hawley Joe Hawley"

On December 13th, 2018, as part of ミラクルミュージカル's Reddit AMA, when asked whether Tally Hall is still around, Ross answered: "Tally Hall still exists. Touring isn't possible at this very moment. That's about the only update".[3]





  • Songs From The O.C. Mix 6


Promotional CDs

Miscellaneous Collections Of Songs

Side Projects & Old Bands

Equipment List

The following is a list of equipment the members of Tally Hall use or have used.


  • Ross plays a 5-piece Pearl Reference kit in Granite Sparkle.

Drum sizes:

  • 22x18 bass drum
  • 10x8 tom
  • 12x9 tom
  • 16x16 floor tom
  • 14x6.5 snare drum
  • Primero Pro 7"/8.5 bongo

He also uses a Roland SPD-S sampler to trigger samples throughout the show.


  • Joe plays a Rickenbacker 330 or a Fender Stratocaster through a Fender Hot Rod DeVille
  • Rob plays a Gibson Les Paul through a Vox AC30

Both guitar players use Boss GT-6 multi-effect units.

Bass Guitars

  • Zubin plays a black Fender Jaguar bass through an Ampeg SVT450H head with SVT 410HLF cabinet. He uses a Boss GT-6B multieffect unit.


  • Andrew plays a Yamaha S90 ES electric piano and an Alesis micron through a Roland KC-550 keyboard amplifier. He also uses a Roland SP404 sampler to trigger samples and for the vocal pitch shifting effect on Spring and a Storm. On more recent tours he's also been experimenting with using Apple's Logic Mainstage keyboard software.


The boys sing through Sennheiser e935 vocal microphones. Ross prefers Sennheiser e904 tom microphones.