Named for its three founder members, Ha Ha Ha have been playing together in various forms since the turn of the century, morphing to overcome barriers in space, time and, most recently, global public health emergency. They have just released The Betty Windsor Show, which is a satirical slice of indie pop that imagines her majesty – AKA Betty Windsor – reminiscing on a lost love at the end of another long day. The Fountain caught up with Ha Ha Ha about the new music and possibilities of playing live again soon.
TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to The Betty Windsor Show?
The reception has been really positive. The song has got lots of radio play in the last couple of weeks and it’s our second single to feature on the Cambridge 105 Unsigned Chart.
We also made quite an ambitious video for the song, which was a lot of fun to do. And the response to that has been amazing – it already has over 700 times on YouTube. It was a lot of effort but totally worth it
TF: And can you sum up the track in one sentence?
A satirical slide of indie pop about the difficult choices we all have to make between what we want to do and what we have to do.
TF: And the name Ha Ha Ha is an unusual one, how did you land on this band name?
It comes from our names – Frank Harkin, Roger Hadwen and Robin Harris. When we started the band our friend Sara pointed out that our three surnames started with HA, and so the band name was born!
TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?
The venue we’ve enjoyed playing the most is the Stag’s Head in Hoxton. We cannot wait for our next gig, which will be in the Amersham Arms on 20 October.