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Hal are an Irish band composed of brothers Dave Allen (vocals/guitar) and Paul Allen (vocals/bass), Stephen O'Brien (keyboards, occasional guitars and backing vocals) and Steve Hogan (drums), who formed in 2003.

Their first single, "Worry About the Wind" was released in 2004. This single was well received by the press, and many claimed that Hal would become 'the' band of 2004. Their self-titled debut album was one of the best reviewed albums of 2005. "What a Lovely Dance" and "Play the Hits" were prominently featured on Match of the Day and World Cup 2006. "Don't Come Running" / "I Sat Down" were released as a double A-side single. The band also released "Keep Love As Your Golden Rule" on a split 7" single with The Magic Numbers.

They also contributed their cover of John Lennon's "Mind Games" for a Q magazine special CD in October 2005.

After a short tour through the United Kingdom, Ireland, Europe and Japan, the band went back into the recording studio at the end of 2005. Their second album was originally expected to be released in 2007, but as of 2009 it has still not been released.

ALL MUSIC GUIDE - "Echoes of the Beatles, Harry Nilsson, the Beach Boys, and Phil Spector are everywhere, and while those aren't exactly unique or even very interesting reference points in 2005, Hal again go beyond imitation and use their influences as a good band should, as guides and not blueprints."

MOJO - "The melodies are so lush and the arrangements so stylish that you can't deny them."