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Bad Bad Hats

November 3, 2021 at 8:00 pm 10:00 pm

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Bad Bad Hats is an indie rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota. The band consists of Kerry
Alexander, Chris Hoge, and Connor Davison. Named for a trouble-making character from the
Madeline children’s books, Bad Bad Hats is defined by a balance of sweet and sour. Their
music honors classic pop songwriting, with nods to nineties rock simplicity and pop-punk
frivolity. Through it all, Alexander’s unflinchingly sincere lyrics cut to the emotional heart of
Alexander and Hoge met while attending Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota. In 2012,
they formed Bad Bad Hats with friend and bassist Noah Boswell, and began performing around
the Twin Cities. That same year, they were signed by Minneapolis label Afternoon Records.
Their 2015 debut album Psychic Reader caught the attention of outlets including The New
Yorker, NPR, Pitchfork, and Paste. Since the release of Psychic Reader, Bad Bad Hats has
toured the U.S. extensively, supporting artists including Margaret Glaspy, Hippo Campus, and
Third Eye Blind.
Lightning Round, the band’s second full-length album, finds Bad Bad Hats more confident and
mature than ever. Producer and collaborator Brett Bullion (who also produced Psychic Reader)
encouraged the group to record live in the studio, an approach which pushed the band outside
of their comfort zone and lends many songs on the record a loose, organic feel. There is a
vulnerability in this (fluttering tape loops, a few wrong notes) and it makes the music on the new
album feel as honest and unpredictable as Alexander’s lyrics. In this spontaneous environment,
Hoge, who is known to play every instrument in the band, delivers some of his most inspired
musical performances yet.
As for Alexander, she’s still writing love songs, ones that recount with cinematic swell the subtle
joy and pain of the everyday. Her vocals are supported by open, breathing arrangements that
feature lush keyboard sounds and woody guitar tones. Davison was recruited to play drums on
the album and became a full-time member in the process. His drumming and melodic
contributions give the new songs a level of nuance not heard in previous releases.
Lightning Round marks the final release with contributions from original member Noah Boswell,
who will be leaving the group this fall to pursue a master’s degree. Bad Bad Hats continues with
Alexander, Hoge, and Davison. They have plans to tour the country this year

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