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's long awaited second album 'Invisible Lines' has been announced for release on July 20 2018. New single 'Wallace Line' examines a long distance relationship using the metaphor of an evolutionary faunal divide between islands in Indonesia.

The band's debut long player 'Bacterium, Look at Your Motor Go' was acclaimed by BBC Introducing ("absolutely bonkers") and Entertainment Weekly ("fascinatingly odd"). A peek into songwriter Michael Cathro's unique world-view, it includes 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 quirky narratives and observations into energetic, skewed pop songs and a spirited live show that has seen them perform with Courtney Barnett, The Dandy Warhols, The Shins and Jeffrey Lewis.

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'

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