Ha Ha Tonka has a new one - whether or not they need a new name is another story - the album is "Death Of A Decade" and it's on Bloodshot Records out of Chicago. They band is out of Springfield, Mo. - home to one of my all-time faves, the Bottle Rockets. The band plays country/folk/indie rock. It's no laughing matter and they took their name from a park in Camdenton, Missouri. The album opener, "Usual Suspects," is about as catchy as it gets for a pop rock gem and may make you a fan of these red state rockers. Frontman Brian Roberts is most capable - political, too - a cancer survivor, he dissed the healthcare system (or lack of same) on a previous album. No American should go broke because they get sick - Rush Limbaugh and the other right wing tools already have great healthcare. Did I say, check out "Usual Suspects" and watch "Casablanca" (a movie full of usual suspects) whenever it's on? These guys will be at the El Rey in Hell-A Monday if you just happen to be down there.
Rock 'n' Roll Call: Ha Ha Tonka - Death Of A Decade
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Bill Locey reviews music for the Ventura County Star, when he isn't reenacting the history of this great nation or teaching it to incarcerated youth.
He is the tall guy lurking in the back of all the local rock shows.
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