Bad Bad Hats

Tavern

Bad Bad Hats

The Sonder Bombs

Sunday Jan 21 2018

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Beachland Tavern

$10.00 - $12.00

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.
The Sonder Bombs
The Sonder Bombs
The Sonder Bombs are a Cleveland-based indie/alternative band formed in January, 2016 after guitarist Jimmy Wilkens heard one of Willow Hawks' demos online and knew the two needed to collaborate. After a few afternoon jam sessions, the duo had finished their first song, "End of My Daze." Initially, Jimmy intended to collaborate on a few songs and help Willow find other musicians to jam with, but once discovering they had incredible musical chemistry, Willow suggested they start a band.

Willow and Jimmy both have varying levels of audio engineering experience and recorded "End of My Daze" in a friend's basement. Now all they needed was a band name. Jimmy happened to come across an online dictionary defining strange emotions and the word "sonder" stuck out. Sonder is the sudden realization that everyone around you is living a life as vivid and complex as your own. Willow had just recently finished rewatching The Runaways biopic and couldn't stop singing their debut song, "Cherry Bomb." Needless to say, The Sonder Bombs were born.

Although the band remained a two-piece for almost a full year before adding bassist Jake Stephens and drummer Eric Heald, the intention from the beginning was to be a full band. Willow envisioned the songs as featuring driving, crunchy drums layered with super distorted guitar leads, bouncing ukulele riffs, deep and simple bass lines, infectious melodies and passionate vocals. The Sonder Bombs have no problems achieving her vision and collectively they dub their genre "Uke-Punk."
Venue Information:
Beachland Tavern
15711 Waterloo
Cleveland, OH, 44110