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 is made up of Michael Cathro (guitar/vocal), Ben Sargeant(drums), Theo Francis (guitar), and Paul Cathro (bass).

Their second studio album ‘Invisible Lines’ was released in August 2018 and ‘fist-tightening’ single Wallace Line (using a faunal boundary as an analogy for the breakdown of a long distance relationship) was nominated for New Zealand’s Silver Scroll award.

Their off-kilter, guitar-driven pop songs have seen them tour with Australian luminary Courtney Barnett, and support the likes of The Shins, The Dandy Warhols, The Wombats and Jeffrey Lewis.


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