credit: Jason Gonulsen
Coming straight out of Springfield, MO, Ha Ha Tonka specialize in disarming and effortless anthems that owe as much to high and lonesome Ozarks mountain music as chugging college rock. Ha Ha Tonka is comprised of Brett Anderson, Brian Roberts, and two new additions, the Hoots & Hellmouth drummer Mike Reilly and The Spring Standards multi-instrumentalist/singer James Cleare. The new line-up has catalyzed the group to stretch simple themes into sonic dimensions with dynamic results. At a time when divisiveness fills the headlines, Ha Ha Tonka's fifth album, coming out in 2017, is fighting the good fight and building narrative tributes to friends and loved ones, memories past, and prospects of the future.