To celebrate the release of new single, Big City, Ha the Unclear are playing a fistful of shows around NZ over May.
Big City (due for release 21 April) was recorded with Tom Healy (Tiny Ruins, Popstrangers), in the recesses of the Lab studio complex in Mt Eden. Big City details a public transport journey as a bus full of people fail to react appropriately to an onboard emergency.
Recently inhabiting Auckland after making the move from their hometown of Dunedin, the song focuses its lens on big city living. Alluding to bystander apathy and diminished social responsibility, Big City pulses and distorts as it winds its way to its inevitable, repeating refrain ‘everyone’s anonymous’.
An exciting couple of years for Ha the Unclear has seen them nominated for a Tui at the NZ Music Awards, perform spirited sets at Rhythm & Vines and The Winter Garden, tour New Zealand supporting Courtney Barnett and perform shows across the Tasman in Australia.
After releasing 2014’s debut album Bacterium, Look at Your Motor Go the band’s knack for hook-ridden, mind-bending stories was acclaimed internationally by the likes of BBC Introducing ("absolutely bonkers") and Entertainment Weekly ("fascinatingly odd").
At home, the album garnered 4-star reviews in The Sunday Star Times and The Listener and was described as “certainly unique and quite possibly bent genius.” - (Elsewhere.co.nz).
In 2015 Ha the Unclear relocated from their southern, Scottish-influenced harbour hometown of Dunedin/Ōtepoti (pop. 127,000) ( the farthest city in the world from London) to the North Island city of Auckland (pop. 1,495,000) (Avg. house price $1,000,000). This included a transitional 6 months spent living on a hydroponic lettuce farm in the Bay of Plenty where the band toured between bouts of picking basil, lettuce and avocados.
Ha the Unclear - Big City is released on Friday 21st April 2017 via Banished From the Universe.
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