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Inspired by a destructive and loss-heavy apartment fire in June of 2016, the Hats have cleaned up, streamlined and have self-released their first full-length record, Chemical Drippers, on September 20, 2019. Surprisingly, the band, who continue to live together, see the fire as something of a blessing, offering a chance to start fresh with a focus on the more important aspects of their music.
The album is the first to be released as the newly rebranded, The Hats. It features personal, more eclectic lyrical subjects, and more intricate arrangements from singer/songwriter, Patrik Gochez, as well as the lead vocals of keyboardist, Brittany Laine, and lead guitarist, Joey Pierog. Original members, bassist, Brenden Harisiades, and drummer, Bobby Rice, offer a rhythm section more solid and creative than ever before.
Originally established as “Pat & the Hats” in 2012 to support the release of Gochez’ chamber-pop debut, Heavy Loader, the band released both a full-length record (Fake it till You Make a Hit 2014) and a follow up EP (Pat & the Hats 2016).
They quickly became a regionally recognized name, receiving a New England Music Award for “Best Pop Act’ in 2014, a nomination in the same category in 2015, and accolades from regional press outlets and radio in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, New York, and beyond. Chemical Drippers was premiered by tastemakers, “The Sound of Boston” and has been inviting international boutique label interest, as well as college and independent radio play.
“The band has a polyglot of influences, from late ‘70s punk-pop to more modern acts like the Flaming Lips, all rooted in classic sensibility…”
Michael Witthaus, The Hippo Press
The diversity in the indie/pop-rock band’s sound nudged them into a variety of showcases and festivals, sharing bills with Lucius, Lake Street Dive, and the late Charles Bradley.
The future holds no lack of momentum for the freshly rebranded Hats, as they are riding the momentum of their new release with album support tours in the USA and the UK.
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