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Bad Bad Hats (MPLS), Cumulus + TBA

Doors at 8 / Show at 9 / $8 in Advance / $10 DOS

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. 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.

Alex Niedzialkowski, otherwise known as Cumulus, was ‘goddamn sick of it.’Sick of the entitlement. Sick of the unwanted gaze. Sick of the feeling that she could not feel safe, no matter where she turned. Those words were often times hard to convey when it mattered most, but in the form of a song, it came pouring out. Cumulus’sophomore album on Trans Records, Comfort World, is slated for release this coming fall, but life’s realities were weighing heavy on her chest and Niedzialkowski had to release that in the only way she knew how. Made more confident by the writing and recording process of her full length album, “Retreat” was written. Niedzialkowski began to make it a point to play the song at every show, even though it did not yet have a full band arrangement. She spoke about consent on stage, and the feelings that had led up to this song, and immediately women were approaching her with their own stories. “Retreat”, written to have a chorus so catchy that people would be singing along about enthusiastic consent before they could think twice about it, would have to be a separate release. And maybe it was always meant to stand on its own. It was becoming clear that this song was too important to save for a third album. In 3 minutes, Niedzialkowski carves out a pop monument with sharpened hooks and tightly wound guitar, recalling the anthemic joy of ‘90s Sheryl Crow as much as the sweet introspection of Mirah. It is not the song of someone who is giving up on the world, it is a hymn of power and control built on guitars and keys, for people who have had enough of being quiet, who are ready to build a new world.

$8 Advance / $10 Day of Show
8pm doors / 9pm Show
Cafe Berlin
220 N 10th St. 
Columbia, MO 65201