First discovered by Low’s Alan Sparhawk who spotted her at a local club in Duluth, Minnesota and was so impressed he immediately invited her to join them on tour. The very next week, nineteen year-old Haley Bonar was transformed from college student to ambitious dropout, crammed into a Honda Civic with a guitar and a drummer for company, touring the US opening for Low.
Several US / Canada-only releases followed until a breakthrough of sorts came with Last War (2014) and Impossible Dream (2016). The latter, Bonar’s most ambitious and successful record to date, blends scuzzy ‘80s indie and new wave angularity with Spector-esque reverb. Her songs are, as NPR once described, “as relentlessly catchy on the surface, as they are alluringly complex underneath.”