Ha the Unclear
Ha the Unclear

Ha the Unclear is an alt-pop band from Auckland, New Zealand made up of Michael Cathro (guitar/vocal), Ben Sargeant (drums), Theodore Francis (guitar), and Paul Cathro (bass).

Sprouting in the southern city of Dunedin and cycling through various names (Baraka and the Finish Hims, Brown) the band made the move northward, living and working on a hydroponic lettuce farm in the Bay of Plenty before landing in the Auckland music scene. They eventually settled on their new name Ha the Unclear after songwriter Michael Cathro stared too hard at a Nietzsche quote pinned to his office cubicle.

New Zealand tours with The Dandy Warhols and Courtney Barnett and support slots with The Shins and The Wombats have followed.

EP January 2020


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

…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