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    Thu, 03 Apr 2008 12:37:32

    Break It Down: Ha Ha Tonka - We get a southern perspective on kissing 3rd cousins and white chocolate mochas

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    The Ozarks might strike you as the last place to look for indie's next buzz band, but up-and-comers Ha Ha Tonka prove that hipster approved rock can turn up in the most unlikely places. Emerging from Springfield, Missouri, the quartet mixes indie rock with a southern twang and hometown sensibility. On the bands first official release, Buckle In The Bible Belt, Ha Ha Tonka tackle everything from local politics, to the overbearing presence of religion in the South with catchy melodies and the occasional four part harmony.

    After attracting a large fan base through touring and blog buzz, the band landed a spot on this years SXSW, performing along side their labelmates on Bloodshot Records. After the short stay in Texas, the band hit the road again, continuing their non-stop barrage of shows across the U.S.. We caught up with the guys and shot a few questions their way to learn a little more about being a starving musician, white chocolate mochas and the immortality of a good guitar riff.

    What have you been listening to lately?

    Vampire Weekend, The National, Jesse James Wax Museum, Band of Horses.

    Where's your favorite place to chill?

    My living room.

    What's the most dramatic thing you ever did to save money as a starving musician?

    I lived in the same 8 x 12 foot room with the whole band for 2 years.

    Tell us one of your favorite song lyric?

    How about 2 favorite lyrics?

    Wilco - "Handshake Drugs" - "If I ever was myself, I wasn't that night."

    Tom Petty - "Honey Bee" - "Her ju-ju beads were so nice, I kissed my 3rd cousin twice, I'm the King of Milwaukee!"

    Those quotes are unrelated btw.

    What is your most cherished musical instrument or accessory?

    Burns London Steer guitar.

    If you could change one thing about the music industry today what would it be?

    All musicians would receive free health care. Everyone should receive free health care.

    What never goes out of style?

    A great guitar riff.

    What's the theme song to your life?

    REM - "Nightswimming"

    What's your favorite way to stay in shape?

    Lifting weights.

    What non-musician would you most like to meet?

    Bill Clinton....although he does play the sax.

    What's your biggest guilty pleasure?

    White chocolate mochas.

    Are you on MySpace?

    Our band is.

    —The ARTISTdirect Staff

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