Every so often we get one of these, a band of barely-even-teenagers who somehow manage to make music that puts people twice their age to shame. Honey Hahs (average age 13) are a trio of sisters from London who pen charming twee-punk ditties in the vein of Girlpool and Frankie Cosmos. Their debut LP Dear Someone, Happy Something is out on Rough Trade, which is very sick. Good on them.
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We knew they had to be someone's daughters. No child band just gets signed to Rough Trade. Doesn't happen. And of course it turns out that these three are the daughters of someone out of 90s indie rockers Tiger who were of course on Rough Trade splinter label Trade 2. So glad that's settled. Perhaps the most disturbing thing then is that the band are 'friends' with Fat White Family and are singing on their new record. Stay away from these men, kids.
So what we have here is like a mini-pops version of Fleet Foxes. The trio play reverb drenched folky indie which on occasions good enough to stop my concerns about being mean enough to slag off records by children. 'River' for example is really good. The chorus is great in fact - the sort of skyscrapering melodies Daniel Johnston used to come up with. It's tuneful enough to make you forget about their grating off key harmonies. If these were your kids you'd say "bloody hell kids, that's amazing - well done. Just work on your harmonies a bit and you might get somewhere". But no record label in their right mind would release it.
So what is going on here? It's occasionally very cute indeed especially when the little one sings ...which suggests that it could be indie music made for emotional middle aged people who have either not had kids or whose kids have left home. It's heart-wrenching on tracks like 'Ok' when the trio sing naively and on 'Hear the Waves' which sounds rather like the Marine Girls. But I just get the impression that we are being had here and I'm not sure why or what but I'm feeling a bit uncomfortable about it all to be honest.
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