Bad Bad Hats

Bad Bad Hats are an indie rock trio from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Known for bringing a joyful, exuberant presence to their live shows, touring with The Beths, Margaret Glaspy, The Front Bottoms, Hippo Campus, and Third Eye Blind, the group took specific care to bring their fun-loving spirit to their third LP, Walkman.

Kerry (guitar/vocals), Chris (bass), and Con (drums) let their collective hair down on Walkman, bringing raucous and explosive riffs alongside witty lyrics. Though you might not notice from their indie rock exterior, Bad Bad Hats draws a heavy influence from classic pop songwriting that shines through in their hooky choruses and strong melodic sensibilities.

For this release, the band set out to push their capabilities as a trio. Subtle changes in process helped the band achieve this goal, such as shifting Chris from a wider multi-instrumental role to allow him to prioritize his bass playing, having Kerry record the bulk of the guitars instead. “You can hear all of our musical voices a lot better on this record.”

A carefully crafted studio sound brings the record to life, injecting it with an energetic voice that is unique to Bad Bad Hats. Walkman is the group’s fourth time working with producer Brett Bullion, including their previous two LPs, Psychic Reader and Lightning Round, and the Wide Right EP. Bullion and the band use the studio as an instrument, resulting in their most polished work to date.

Past Shows


Dec
10
th
2021
First Avenue
Dec
10
th
2021
First Avenue

Bad Bad Hats

Winter Ball
with Nur-D and VIAL
Jul
31
st
2021
7th St Entry
Jul
31
st
2021
7th St Entry

Bad Bad Hats

Late Show (18+)
with Kiss the Tiger
Jul
31
st
2021
7th St Entry
Jul
31
st
2021
7th St Entry

Bad Bad Hats

Early Show (All Ages)
with Kiss the Tiger
Jul
30
th
2021
7th St Entry
Jul
30
th
2021
7th St Entry

Bad Bad Hats

with Keep For Cheap
Apr
3
rd
2021
Livestream
Apr
3
rd
2021
Livestream

First Avenue's 51st Anniversary Celebration ft. Bad Bad Hats ( Live and Streaming )

with performances from First Avenue over the past year from Charlie Parr, Curtiss A, Dizzy Fae, Hippo Campus, Soul Asylum, Trampled by Turtles, and more
with Nur-D
Dec
21
st
2019
Mainroom
Dec
21
st
2019
Mainroom

Bad Bad Hats

with Ratboys and Last Import
Jan
18
th
2019
Mainroom
Jan
18
th
2019
Mainroom
Aug
18
th
2018
Mainroom
Aug
18
th
2018
Mainroom

Bad Bad Hats

with Scrunchies and Jessica Manning
Jul
7
th
2018
Bayfront Festival Park
Jul
7
th
2018
Bayfront Festival Park

Trampled by Turtles

with Bad Bad Hats, Charlie Parr, The Last Revel and more!
Dec
16
th
2017
7th St Entry
Dec
16
th
2017
7th St Entry

Bad Bad Hats

with Jessica Manning
Dec
16
th
2017
7th St Entry
Dec
16
th
2017
7th St Entry

Bad Bad Hats

with IDLE EMPRESS
Mar
4
th
2017
7th St Entry
Mar
4
th
2017
7th St Entry

Bad Bad Hats

with Wingman
Mar
4
th
2017
7th St Entry
Mar
4
th
2017
7th St Entry

Bad Bad Hats

with Wingman
Dec
6
th
2016
Mainroom
Dec
6
th
2016
Mainroom
Mar
18
th
2016
Midwest Day Party 2016 ft. NIGHT MOVES, WEBSTERX, BAD BAD HATS, HAR MAR SUPERSTAR, HOLIDAE (Are You Local? Winner), MY GOLD MASK, FEED THE DOG, THE BLIND SHAKE, ANNA VOGELZANG, ABSOLUTELY NOT, BRETT NEWSKI, and FEE LION
Mar
18
th
2016
Midwest Day Party 2016 ft. NIGHT MOVES, WEBSTERX, BAD BAD HATS, HAR MAR SUPERSTAR, HOLIDAE (Are You Local? Winner), MY GOLD MASK, FEED THE DOG, THE BLIND SHAKE, ANNA VOGELZANG, ABSOLUTELY NOT, BRETT NEWSKI, and FEE LION
Jan
27
th
2016
Turf Club
Jan
27
th
2016
Turf Club

Hey Marseilles

with Bad Bad Hats
Jan
22
nd
2016
Mainroom
Dec
5
th
2015
Turf Club
Dec
5
th
2015
Turf Club

Girl Germs and ANDREA SWENSSON (89.3 The Current)

with NONA MARIE, Mina Moore, Bad Bad Hats and more!
Nov
28
th
2015
Mainroom
Nov
28
th
2015
Mainroom

Hippo Campus

with Bad Bad Hats and Danger Ron & the Spins
Sep
18
th
2015
7th St Entry
Sep
18
th
2015
7th St Entry

The Mynabirds

with Bad Bad Hats and Good Night Gold Dust

More Shows

Aug
2
nd
7th St Entry

Yellow Ostrich

with bathtub cig
Oct
30
th
First Avenue

Soccer Mommy

with Lightning Bug
Jul
30
th
7th St Entry

Emma-Jean Thackray

Nov
5
th
7th St Entry

Jack Kays