Ha the Unclear
Ha the Unclear
 Photo: Oliver Crawford

Photo: Oliver Crawford

Ha the Unclear is a band from Auckland, New Zealand.

Ha the Unclear blend off-kilter, hook driven guitar pop with slap-you-in-the-face lyrics. The band's knack for creating thoughtful, mind-bending stories has been acclaimed by BBC Introducing ("absolutely bonkers") and Entertainment Weekly ("fascinatingly odd"). Lyrics include a love story from the perspective of a coffee table (Secret Lives of Furniture), astronauts trapped in orbit ('Kosmonavt'), and a break-up via an apartment intercom (Growing Mould). The band compacts these thought nuggets into energetic, skewed pop songs and a spirited live show. The band has toured with Courtney Barnett, supported Jeffrey Lewis, and performed at Rhythm & Vines Festival. At the 2016 NZ Music Awards the band received a Tui nomination for Best Music Video for the Simon Oliver directed 'Secret Lives of Furniture'. New single Big City has been touted by The Revue as "an extraordinary alt-pop song that resonates with the playful brilliance of David Byrne and Dan Bejar".

Ha the Unclear is Michael Cathro (guitar/vocal), Ben Sargeant (drums), Theo Francis (guitar) and Paul Cathro (bass).


absolutely bonkers” – BBC Introducing

fascinatingly odd” – Entertainment Weekly

(4 Stars) pop music of deep eccentricity and high ambition” – Grant Smithies, The Sunday Star Times

"certainly unique and quite possibly bent genius" - Graham Reid, Elsewhere.co.nz

4 Stars - The Listener

unexpected in all the right ways” – Mess+Noise

The song writing on this album is so strong and unique that many heavy topics are countered with an obscure brand of humour. It is deep, funny, and hugely original” - City & Sound

an irrepressible energy” - The AU Review

"the band are unlike any band you’ve heard before. They weave hilarious tales of anxiety and frustration, give intimate emotion to inanimate objects and raise questions about religion and morality within almost a single breath." - WhotheHell.com.au

There's this gentle variance on the word odd that has somehow made me appreciate them like they were created just for me...underneath it all is this gorgeousness that has (thrice) given me such an overwhelming sense of peace that my eyeballs piss these clear eye piss tears.” - SYFFAL.com