SONG OF THE DAY 08/04/14 – THE JULIE RUIN “HA HA HA”

Released in September of 2013, “Ha Ha Ha” was the first single to be taken from The Julie Ruin’s Run Fast album. The Julie Ruin are the full-band realisation of feminist icon/riot grrrl/punk rock goddess Kathleen Hanna’s 1998 solo project, Julie Ruin. Trading in that record’s heart-on-sleeve urgency and bedroom-born, cut-and-paste pastiche for more straight-forward songcraft, The Julie Ruin find themselves at the peak of their powers on “Ha Ha Ha”. Even a six year struggle with Lymes disease has done little to dampen the sheer blunt force of Hanna’s vocal; her snarling, Valley Girl-inflected vitriol is as instantly recognisable and wildly caustic as it ever was.
Also well worth checking out is the Kathleen Hanna documentary, The Punk Singer, chronicling her time in Bikini Kill and Le Tigre as well as the health issues that kept her from touring or recording for the six years prior to the formation of The Julie Ruin.

Bob Russell

Further listening, yo: Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, Bush Tetras, Sleater-Kinney, Dum Dum Girls, Waxahatchee