Bad Bad Hats

Premier Concerts and Manic Presents:

Bad Bad Hats

Boyscott, Similar Kind

Fri, May 10, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Space Ballroom (Front Room).

Hamden, CT

$12.00 - $15.00

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This event is all ages

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.
Boyscott is an American indie rock band that started in Nashville, Tennessee in 2015. Self described as "metamorphic rock" by Scott Hermo Jr. who started the project in his bedroom, the band's sound has been described as nostalgic, dreamy, and yet, energetic. After the release of their debut album, "Goose Bumps," Boyscott has made a name for themselves performing in the DIY indie rock scene throughout the country.
Similar Kind
Similar Kind is an indie alternative rock band from Norwalk,CT. The band consists of Julia Breen, Ben McNamara, Evan Murphy, Finn Mangan and Miles Dominici. The band started as just a few friends jamming in a garage and has blossomed into playing shows all over and writing original tunes. Similar Kind’s music takes influence from many bands such as The Talking Heads, The Rolling Stones, Parliament, The Cure, LCD Soundsystem and many more as they don’t like to keep their music to one specific genre.

Similar Kind is currently recording their first EP at local studio Factory Underground, due out in May and just released their debut single “Seasons” on February 14th.
Venue Information:
Space Ballroom (Front Room).
295 Treadwell Street
Hamden, CT, 06514