Ha Ha Tonka, Buckle In The Bible Belt

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

The Ozarks are full of strange stories. One such story concerns Ha Ha Tonka, a castle built in the middle of the Missouri wilderness at the beginning of the 20th century and one whose ruins are the centerpiece of a state park of the same name. Ha Ha Tonka, the band, pay tribute to the wild and wooly "Buckle in the Bible Belt" on their newest album by producing indie rock infused with a country lilt. Don't get "Hangman"'s four-part harmonies twisted, though: this is most definitely rock. "St. Nick On The Fourth in a Fervor" features a sumptuously distorted guitar tone, while "Bully in the Pulpit" is a Jeff Buckley-esque freakout.