Based out of Springfield, Mo., the quartet recorded its latest release, "Death of a Decade," in a barn in New York. They emerged from that raw space with an album detailing an ever-unfolding journey, rather than rewriting stories that have already been told. The newer songs stand in contrast to two previous albums where the band's interest in the history and folklore of the South was more prominent.
Ha Ha Tonka's sound has been described as Southern rock, indie rock and American roots rock. The labels are never ending and ultimately unimportant. The band's sound is by turns confident and comforting, playful and poignant, familiar and frenetic. Their current tour has them crisscrossing the country, from Seattle to Charlottesville -- not to mention St. Louis, where they performed at the Firebird for a KDHX-welcomed show on November 25.
All photos by Jarred Gastreich.