Bad Bad Hats will release their new, self-titled, album in April ahead of a run of tour dates including a Manchester gig.

The indie-rockers will headline a Manchester gig at Gullivers, one of four UK dates they will headline.

The Minneapolis band will release Bad Bad Hats on 12 April.  The album marks their fourth studio album.  It promises a collection of material inspired by their fanbase.  In 2020, songwriter Kerry Alexander (guitar/vocals) and Chris Hoge (guitar/bass) collected prompts from their active Patreon fanbase, writing one-off songs based on the requests. This challenged the band to write songs of country, pop punk, surf rock, disco, and other genres setting the tone for their new album.

The album features their recent single TPA, which is accompanied by a freshly released video.

Speaking about the track, Kerry Alexander said, “This song began with a guitar line I wrote, which I referred to as “the sauce”. “The sauce” sat languishing in my voice memos until we heard “Wake Up” by XTC and knew my guitar line could fit perfectly in an intertwining guitar part. From there, we ran to buy bongos from the Music Go Round down the street and, before long, we had our sideways, dance-y track, “TPA”. Lyrically, I was inspired by the summer my family moved to Tampa, FL. I was in between my freshman and sophomore years of high school, very surly, very sweaty, and very self-conscious amidst the tan, glamorous, and bikini-clad locals.”

In support of the album Bad Bad Hats will perform a string of UK tour dates including a Manchester gig at Gullivers.

When do Bad Bad Hats headline at Manchester’s Gullivers?

Bad Bad Hats headline at Gullivers, Manchester, on 28 May 2024.  The Manchester gig is one of four UK dates they have announced:
27 May   –   Bristol, Rough Trade
28 May   –   Manchester, Gullivers
29 May   –   Glasgow, Broadcast
30 May   –   London, Lexington

image of Bad Bad Hats courtesy Zoe Prinds-Flash