All four of Haha Charade grew up near a beach, and the Atlantic Ocean smells like home to them. Wondering the inspiration behind their name? Haha Charade gets their name from a Pink Floyd song where Rodger Waters completely trashes a political and religious activist that wanted to censor music. Some of their other musical influences include bands such as Arctic Monkeys, State Radio, Rebelution, RHCP, and many more. If you throw in a bit of eclecticism from every genre then they’ll give it a go. Basically, Haha Charade isn’t afraid to tackle on any style, genre or sound and is willing to experiment with all, and manufacture it into their own unique flare of music.
Haha Charade released their single titled “Summer Sunrise” and just like their background, this record is perfect for a nice cruise around a breezy beach in California. It’s just the alternative colorful vibes it gives off that makes this easily relaxing. The vocalist had a beautiful vocal tone that I can listen to over and over again. His vocals were so engrossing you wouldn’t mind hearing him sing with the lack of instrumental backup. The electric groove “Summer Sunrise” gives adds that nice textured funk to the record that makes you want to do a little dance! “Summer Sunrise” is just fitting for the upcoming season that’s approaching us. The summer nights, where you reflect on your future and let go of past failures. “Summer Sunrise” is a song where you can ease into, let go of your stress and become lost in the music. It’s time to fade away the settling stress you had and turn on a cooling hypnotizing song that will surely throw you into an experience of refreshing emotions and high-energetic fun! From the progressive instruments, to the versatile elements, to the delighted energy it produced, “Summer Sunrise” radiates a special kind of aura that you’ll be thankful for after listening!
Listen to "Summer Sunrise" here and get to know more about Haha Charade below!
What are some challenges you faced as a band? How do you guys overcome them?
We were originally a cover band with a great girl singer. We all write songs, so we were sitting on a stockpile of originals. She left to start a family, and we were at a crossroads of where to go next: Either find a new singer and continue on as a cover band, or try out our originals (with Alex and Justin singing them) and see how well they would do. We chose the latter and never looked back! We are a persistent brotherhood, that's for sure.
Tell us about your single “Summer Sunrise” and the theme behind the creation!
The song was born out of a simple A major to F#m jam. Once the bass was added in, it took on new life entirely, and the shell of the song was born. We had a few different hooks we were trying out, and ultimately decided to strip one of the hooks down and turn it into a prechorus. The song is centered around the idea that it's okay to dream about going from rags to riches, and to let that dream take over your vision, but to enjoy the small successes along the way. It's about staying grounded. It's future advice we're giving to ourselves. Remember where you came from, what you stand for, and what you set out to accomplish without being side tracked, so to speak. Breathe in the salty air and enjoy a sunrise.
Out of all your influences, are there any direct inspirations for “Summer Sunrise?
For Summer Sunrise, the post chorus has some serious Arctic Monkeys vibes. I hope we did that "sound" justice, but we also wanted to make it our own. Other than that, I would say the vibe of the song is similar to Hang Me Out to Dry by Cold War Kids or even Heart It Races by Architecture in Helsinki, mainly because it's a fun-loving steady groove between a tonic major and its relative minor.
Has the band had the chance to perform “Summer Sunrise” live?
Oh yeah! We've been performing these songs for the better part of a year now. Our first gig was September 2018. We have a really tight and energetic live show. The years as a cover band prepared and molded our stage performance. We get a little too wild. Gotta have fun with it, right? Our friends gave us praise on the songs, especially Summer Sunrise, which encouraged us to build up the courage to get them professionally recorded at Occupy Studios and release them to the world.
What can we expect next from you?
We have the full 12 song album coming out in July. We can't wait! Also, as soon as we release the album, we're planning a small East Coast tour to promote it. We already have over half the songs written for our second album. Be on the lookout for more bops!
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