Wednesday, May 14, 2014


Born Yesterday is Hana Montana’s (the real one) new band. Hana is a Missoulian who recently set sail for coastal America with a crew of awesome Missoulians in tow. It’s the kind of thing that happens when you live in a place like Missoula. About every 4-6 years you have a near complete change-up of almost all the super creative weirdos. Or, maybe about 80%. Turns out that people want Korean food, jobs that pay a living wage, to see some ethnic diversity, run into Ty Segall at a record store and that kind of thing, I guess.

Anyway, back to Hana. She was in a handful of great bands with Total Fest pasts: first one, I think was 10 Year Old Girlfriend, which was a kind of trashy, excellent and bratty punk deal. 10YOGF started as a bedroom songwriting project, and morphed into a great, unfortunately short-lived band with Matt Cote and Tom Shahs. Keyboards, bass and drums. Then, after they broke up, Hana and Mikki started Needlecraft, which is still a functioning group (here and there) with a tour coming up in June. We make no bones about loving Needlecraft completely. They’ve got everything from killer doo-woppy girl group melodies, awesome lyrics, a totally believable diva schtick and moreover, a fucking phenomenal live show. They ruled the roost here for about a year or so. And they’ve got a new record coming out on Marty’s Minor Bird label.

So, all of that gets to what Hana’s currently doing musically. It’s a group called Born Yesterday, and it’s a spacey, reverby garage band. Their cover of “The First Cut is the Deepest” is so excellent, we also love the trash of this “State of Desire” jam. Long story short, there’s been something missing in Missoula this year with Hana gone, and we’re excited to have her back for Total Fest! It’s just that simple. 

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