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Bad Bad Hats: Profile on a touring band

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Bad Bad Hats: Profile on a touring band

Left to right: Connor Davison, Kerry Alexander and Chris Hoge, the trio make up the indie rock band Bad Bad Hats. Based out of Minneapolis, their music is inspired by classic pop, nineties rock and pop-punk themes. Bad Bad Hats will be playing at Ed's No Name Bar in Winona on Thursday, Dec. 13.

Left to right: Connor Davison, Kerry Alexander and Chris Hoge, the trio make up the indie rock band Bad Bad Hats. Based out of Minneapolis, their music is inspired by classic pop, nineties rock and pop-punk themes. Bad Bad Hats will be playing at Ed's No Name Bar in Winona on Thursday, Dec. 13.

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Left to right: Connor Davison, Kerry Alexander and Chris Hoge, the trio make up the indie rock band Bad Bad Hats. Based out of Minneapolis, their music is inspired by classic pop, nineties rock and pop-punk themes. Bad Bad Hats will be playing at Ed's No Name Bar in Winona on Thursday, Dec. 13.

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Left to right: Connor Davison, Kerry Alexander and Chris Hoge, the trio make up the indie rock band Bad Bad Hats. Based out of Minneapolis, their music is inspired by classic pop, nineties rock and pop-punk themes. Bad Bad Hats will be playing at Ed's No Name Bar in Winona on Thursday, Dec. 13.

Ren Gennerman, Features Reporter

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On Thursday, Dec. 13, Ed’s No Name Bar in Winona will be hosting the Bad Bad Hats, an indie rock band from Minneapolis.

The band consists of three musicians: Kerry Alexander on vocals and guitar, Chris Hoge on guitar and bass and Connor Davison on drums. Alexander also writes their songs.

“Hoge and I started the band together in 2010 at Macalester College in St. Paul,” Alexander said. “That’s when we met and started exchanging song ideas and demos. Chris plays guitar now, though he played drums when the band first started. We met [Connor] in the fall of 2016 when we were starting the process of recording our second album. We brought him on just to play drums on the record, but it quickly became clear that he would make a great addition to the group.

While they play in many different areas normally, The Bad Bad Hats are currently on a national tour. On their list, they are visiting places like Birmingham, Alabama; Charlotte, North Carolina; Toronto, Canada; and Washington D.C. The band loves to play in new cities, but especially in the Midwest. Alexander estimates this is their 11th tour, but it is a special one since it’s after the release of a new album.

“We’re currently in the process of promoting our new album ‘Lightning Round’. It was a really ful-filling process recording this album,” Alexander said. “We’ve been enjoying playing the new songs around the country.”

Their first album, “Psychic Reader” is what got the group starting to tour around the Midwest. Alexander has learned a lot since the release of their first album about the difference between live performance and recording music.

“When we record, we don’t usually consider how we’re going to translate the songs to a live performance,” Alexander said. “We just record what feels right and sounds cool. So it’s always a bit of a challenge to figure out how to play the songs live. But that’s half the fun, really.”

After releasing their second album, the Bad Bad Hats played with prominent bands and musicians such as The Front Bottoms, Margaret Glaspy, Third Eye Blind, Kississippi and The Beths. They have also recently been featured in an interview with Rolling Stone.

Along with describing themselves as an indie rock band, Alexander points out that their music is “pretty upbeat” but especially melodic, often including many love songs. Katie Presley with NPR seemed to agree, saying in 2015 that their music was “programmed to fire all neural pathways associated with carefree indie rock fun, but beware: their lyrics will bite.”

Ed’s No Name Bar, a bar on 3rd Street and Franklin, is a popular place for local bands to play and grow their audience in Winona. Open since 2007, Ed’s has served Winona both in cocktails and entertainment. Alexander is excited to play in the coming months on tour, especially in Winona.

“When we recorded the new album, we actually ended up with a few extra songs that didn’t quite fit on the record,” Alexander said. ”So we’re hoping to release those songs in the coming months. Stay tuned.”

Their new album, “Lightning Round” is available on Spotify. Patrons can purchase tickets to any of the Bad Bad Hats’ events on their website.

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Ren Gennerman, Features Reporter

Ren Gennerman works as a features reporter for the Winonan. Before working at the Winonan, Gennerman worked for three years as a reporter and historian...

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