Introducing:: The Haret

It’s not very often I get an email from a PR type that’s not selling something. The classic “hot shit from the latest x meets y meets z band that has warmed stages for even hotter band a, b or c… oh, and I’m doing their PR and think you might like it” takes up roughly 75% of the ole inbox I’d guess. So, when I got a hook free email saying, “You need to check out this band. They’re from somewhere in Ontario and a friend heard them at the farmer’s market and had to buy the CD-R they were selling” it was more than enough motivation to bump The Haret to the top of the listening pile.


There’s not much information about the Ontario band; just some tried and true influences that pique your interest - The Mississippi Sheiks and Jelly Roll Morton excited me - and the pic you see in this post of some crazy modified stand-up bass (or a fotdella to those in the know). Their debut, self-titled EP is full of harmonica, plucked bass, foot stomping percussion, bluesy/folk riffs and Ryan Baer’s distinct, understated, warble heavy voice. I haven’t found many artists on the Canadian scene that share can fill in for favorites like Tom Brosseau or early tracks from the bluesier incarnation of Timber Timbre lately, but The Haret is a nice find. Ryan is a solid storyteller that relies on common themes - the devil (and the spiritual feel the backing choir gives “27″ is stellar), booze and heartbreak mostly- to suck you into songs that could have been written in as easily in the 40′s as today.


Even though the CD-R sounds delightfully unpolished and energetic, the band - and to be honest, I have no idea if this is a one man project for recordings or if his band is involved - still manages to add horns and violin to beef up the sound nicely to give the singer just enough support. It’s hard not to love the spirited banjo of “Plank Road”, the slink of the horn heavy “”Bees” or the downtrodden emotions that dominate “Hey” and “Stagolee”, but really each and every note on this 22-minute EP should be embraced.

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MP3:: The Haret - 27

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One Response to “Introducing:: The Haret”

Jeremy Sale December 15th, 2010 at 10:56 am

Any idea how a person might contact these guys? I saw them in Port Elgin, and absolutely loved their music. I’d love to chat with them, but they took down their MySpace page.

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