Haley Bonar releases ‘Kill The Fun’ video; new album out now on Graveface

By on June 15, 2014

Haley Bonar

Rookie has premiered the new Haley Bonar video for “Kill The Fun” from her fifth full length record, Last War, out now Graveface. Head to the Rookie site to check out and exclusive interview with Haley and watch the video which was directed by Will Keeler. Last month, NPR ran an exclusive First Listen of Last War. NPR’s Stephen Thompson says, “Virtually every song on Last War strikes that kind of smart, careful balance, which Bonar achieves through equal doses of mystery and charm.” He adds, “A bright, subtle storyteller, she displays a mastery of pop-rock craftsmanship that keeps these songs as relentlessly catchy on the surface as they are alluringly complex underneath.” Last War is available now in the Graveface online store. Haley Bonar has several shows coming up later this month including a show at Rough Trade in NYC. All confirmed dates are listed below.


Haley Bonar had already recorded an album as a teenager before leaving Rapid City, SD for Duluth, MN-where she immediately recorded again. Alan Sparhawk heard her at a local Iron Range club one night and a week later, she was transformed from a college student to an ambitious dropout with her guitar and a drummer crammed into a Honda Civic opening for Low. She was nineteen years old. That’s a story already.

But there is more to this story. In the last decade, Haley has released eight more recordings to critical acclaim and mounting success: lots of touring, playing festivals, capturing awards and artist grants, inventive video productions, placing song tracks on prime TV shows and popular film, appearing on myriad Best-Of lists while continuing to write and perform locally. Oh… and she also had a baby in there somewhere. It’s no accident that her creative prowess drew the attention and respect of fellow collaborators like Dave King, Andrew Bird and Justin Vernon, not to mention the company she keeps in a rotating cast of premium band members including Jake Hanson (Halloween Alaska, Mason Jennings), Jeremy Hanson (Tapes ‘n Tapes), Luke Anderson (Rogue Valley), Jeremy Ylvisaker (Andrew Bird, Alpha Consumer) and Mike Lewis (Bon Iver, Alpha Consumer).

Haley’s musical adventure took on a passenger in the wack theatrics of her no/new-wave punkish side project Gramma’s Boyfriend with an attention-getting album already behind them and an audience building in front of them. She is always throwing a curve ball or adding another dimension, akin to her heroes: Joni Mitchell, Mark Mothersbaugh, Laurie Anderson, Amy Sedaris, Maria Bamford, Louis C.K., Margaret Atwood and Cookie Mueller. Like them, she remains true to her artistry regardless of trend, politic or scripted gender barriers.

Haley Bonar is more than a hard working musician. She is an innovator, creative ass-kicker and visionary dug into the trenches of living. She writes genuine, epochal and poetic tales that feel like our heartbreak, failure, frustration and joy. In a clear, insistent and often haunting voice, she tells real stories back to us, as if they were our own. It just doesn’t get much better than that.


Upcoming Haley Bonar Shows: 

 06.14 – Arlington, VA @ IOTA
06.15 – Boston, MA @ Church Of Boston
06.16 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
06.19 – Madison, WI @ UW Madison
06.28 – Duluth, MN @ Bayfront Festival Park

Last War Track List

1. Kill The Fun
2. No Sensitive Man
3. Last War
4. Heaven’s Made For Two
5. Bad Reputation
6. From A Cage

 7. Woke Up In My Future
8. Can’t Believe Our Luck

9. Eat For Free


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Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.