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REVIEW: MOURN - Ha, Ha, He

REVIEW: MOURN - Ha, Ha, He

By: Daniel Ward
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A review of the MOURN Ha, Ha, He Ha, Ha, He.

 

Although the members of MOURN are barely pushing 20, they just dropped their sophomore album Ha, Ha, He on Captured Tracks. These Barcelona-based youngsters gained momentum after their self-titled debut received a considerable amount of acclaim—many critics surprised how a group so young could produce such a mature and sophisticated record. Ha, Ha, He descends deep into the raw and gritty realm of post-punk, but manages retain a handful of youthful indie hope on the way down.


With raw, bare-bones guitars and straightforward arrangement, the instrumental opening track “Flea” brings to mind Siouxsie and the Banshees’ debut album The Scream. “Evil Dead” keeps heavy rhythms of the likes of Stevin Morris and shifts from pounding tom toms to light hi-hats as falsetto vocals and ghostly guitars float above. “Brother Brother” brings a bit more indie sensibility along with rich and catchy chorus.


With vocalist Carla Pérez Vas and Jazz Rodríguez Bueno taking turns on the mic, “Howard” brings to mind early Veruca Salt. “The Unexpected” drops some of the best guitar work on the record.


The second half of the record begins with “Storyteller”—an unpredictable ride with a bassline that jumps all over the neck. Carrying over from an EP MOURN released last year “Gertrudis, Get Through This!” is full of drive and classic punk energy.


Although less than two minutes long, but “President Bullshit” doesn’t need any more time to drop some pounding drums and a super-catchy chorus. “I Am a Chicken” may have a funny-sounding title, but is one of the most solemn new songs.


The record begins to wind down with “Second Sage”—a song about loneliness and playing video games. “Irrational Friend” is a frantically wonderful scream fest and “Fry Me” finishes the record with a cacophonous collapse into silence.


Ha, Ha, He is more cohesive than MOURN’s debut—there’s no doubt that the band is stepping it up. The band is growing and continuing to make impressive music.

 

MOURN - Ha, Ha, He


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