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“THE FIVE MEMBERS of the Hague huddle around a sidewalk table outside the Bonfire in Southeast Portland on a sweltering afternoon. They’re a black-clad, largely bearded crew sipping at beers and nursing a basket of french fries. The Hague’s formidable exteriors belie the sprawling, extroverted mishmash of progressive rock, pop, alt-country, and math-jazz found on their first studio LP, Black Rabbit.”

Portland Mercury, Ryan Prado Full article here )

 “Don’t put Portland’s the Hague into a box. On the band’s latest, Black Rabbit, the group defies comfortable categorization and broaden boundaries to include indie rock, pop punk, alt-country, grungy post rock and more.”

Campus Circle (Full article here)

“As I’ve opined in other instances, traditional forms of instrumental rock music tend to bore me. I have friends who could listen to Sigur Ros or Explosions In The Sky on repeat for days on end, but as pretty as that stuff is, it hasn’t ever done much for me. Maybe it’s my predilection for a dynamic lead singer, but the craftsmanship of a band that’s eschewed a vocalist really has to hit me hard in the gut for me to stand up and pay attention.”

Dryvetyme ( Full article here )

“Black Rabbit is simultaneously a collection of anthems to sing with your friends on the way to a show and the letter you wrote to your ex that you didn’t have the courage to send. The Hague’s debut full-length album is a musically diverse, energetic and complex release that deals with the sense of loss and confusion that follow heartbreak, perhaps best illustrated by the albums opening shouts: “Love is complicated and cruel…” It’s an unfiltered display of human emotion, with themes of disappointment and desire expressed through an avalanche of melodies and rhythms that build momentum as they progress.”

The Deli ( Full article here )

“The Hague is throwing a party August 7 @ Plan B in celebration of their latest album, Black Rabbit. The sound of Black Rabbit is “quiet music played loud,” a description that perfectly fits their wide-ranging approach. The album opens with “An Open Book Conversationalist,” a bracing shot of instrumental punk/jazz, driven by Chapman’s fiddle, chiming guitars and unexpected rhythmic shifts. Throughout the album, the band’s densely layered sound keeps you off guard as instruments and vocals float through the mix, beckoning you deeper into the band’s kaleidoscopic musical universe.”

Be Portland Full article here )