“Usual Suspects” comes from new album Death of a Decade, out next week on Bloodshot.
By Blurt Staff
We’re pretty chuffed to be able to
serve up a new helpin’ of Missouri’s
Ha Ha Tonka at BLURT today. The sweet-twanging, southern-rocking combo’s latest
Bloodshot album drops April 5, and you can nab the first single “Usual
Suspects” below as a teaser – and sonic proof that they just get better and
better with each passing year.
Death of a Decade is the culmination of years of hard work for this
Ozark quartet, who first appeared on the scene a decade ago as Amsterband. By
2007 they had changed the name to Ha Ha Tonka and wowed us with their HHT debut
Buckle in the Bible Belt. They matured on 2009’s Novel Sounds of the
Nouveau South, and without a doubt, take their stand as one of the best
young bands in the US
on this LP. And as with previous releases, the band marries authentic Southern
songs with modern edges on Death of a Decade, without ever coming across
The album was recorded in a 200-year-old old barn in New Paltz, NY with
producer Kevin McMahon (Titus
Andronicus, The Felice Brothers, The Walkmen), who made sure to capture
the barn’s aural imperfections in creaking floorboards, and then mixed in
Kansas City, MO by The Ryantist, who manipulated synthetic, sonic threads into
this organic tapestry. The sound of Death of a Decade is where authentic
meets modern, acoustic meets electronic, and tradition meets innovation.