Bad Bad Hats

Bad Bad Hats

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 things.

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.

The appellation of New York native Elana Belle Carroll, derived the name while living in Brooklyn shortly after graduating from college. One night, while not-so-secretly scoping out a band name, she observed a group of girls pampering themselves before a party, and they just so happened to be painting their nails. “I liked the idea of girls doing their nails just to have a little more fun, just the tiniest detail in getting ready to go out,” Carroll told me.

Although Party Nails’ songs are pop-fueled, disco-driven fun, the lyrics come from a deeply intimate place that, when listened to carefully, can reveal themselves to be quite dark at times: “’Break’ is about that moment in a relationship when you know that it’s going to fall apart, but you’re so sorry.” Listening to her single with that knowledge makes the charismatic vocals and biting hooks all the more affecting.

Charlie Abbott is no stranger to a variety of genres spanning from singer/songwriter to indie this-and-that. But always following close behind was the one in which has always needed him as much as he needed it. It was the music he always could fall blissfully into yet had to wait for the right time.

His move from one of Wisconsin's 72 counties to Nashville was accompanied by that special something pinching onto his shirt tail--using this as a way to not be separated from him. For rock and roll knew that one day it would have its day with Charlie Abbott. After writing his 2017 EP "Technicolor Dream" he grabbed a hold of his shimmery garage rock and let the entirety of rock and roll devour him barefoot first.

Leading up to this point were all moments and situations Charlie had to go through to be where he is now. That is a cliche, vague statement and possibly straight from a spiritual self-help book from the 2010's but nevertheless true. Once he arrived in Nashville he hit the ground running on those barefeet mentioned earlier. He's played with several bands such as, but not limited to Oliver James Rogers (OJR), Boom Forest and Bad Cop as well as writing his own slew of songs. Charlie has also had his songs placed on television shows such as Showtime's "Shameless" and NBC's "Scorpion".

From National radio play to playing Nashville's most popular venues Charlie Abbott will share the weight of rock and roll's clenches with you all. "Y'all" if you will

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