UPDATE (July 7): Spin jumped on board, naming Bad Bad Hats one its Five Artists to Watch in July 2015. Describing the BBH sound, Spin sez: "If Club 8 turned down the twee and borrowed some of Metric’s don’t-mess-with-me aura — then toured every DIY venue in Brooklyn."
Will Bad Bad Hats soon join Hüsker Dü's Bob Mould, Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff, and drums-for-hire ace Joey Waronker in the immortal pantheon of Macalester College Indie Rock Stars? Let's not get ahead of ourselves, but the local indie-folk greenhorns are drumming up plenty of national attention ahead of their forthcoming debut album, Psychic Reader, due July 17 via Afternoon Records.
Bad Bad Hats — comprised of Kerry Alexander (vox/guitar), Chris Hoge (drums), and Noah Boswell (bass) — got some blog love earlier this year from Paste and Fader. And just today NPR Music debuted the wholesome-seeming trio's "Fight Song," the third teased track off Reader (Stereogum was impressed, too).
"Fight Song," posted below, is built on a softly strummed bed of arrangements with dreamy keyboard accents à la Good Night Sleeps-era Caroline Smith. Then comes the charging chorus, with its guitar-spiked proclamations of — you guessed it — "fight, fight, fight, fight!" It's unclear who or what Alexander is railing against on the peppy-yet-pointed track, but the thoughtful songwriter gently charms and galvanizes throughout. Absent are the kazoos found on Bad Bad Hats' 2013 EP It Hurts, a sign that early preciousness might be giving way to something bigger and better.