Psychic Reader, the debut full-length effort from the Minneapolis, MN-based trio Bad Bad Hats has received quite a bit of attention across the blogosphere, since its July release through Afternoon Records. The album’s first single “Shame” is comprised of angular and buzzing power chords, wobbling bass and propulsive drumming paired with Alexander’s silkily seductive and coquettish crooning. It’s an interesting and winning synthesis of infectiously catchy pop melodies with a punk rock sneer – but at its core are lyrics that assertively challenge gender conventions in a fashion that may remind some folks of Gang of Four.
The recently released official video for the song is reportedly inspired by the Tumblr blog, Women Laughing Alone With Salad, which features stock photos of women really enjoying their salads — and in turn, the video follows Bad Bad Hats’ frontperson Kerry Alexander around Minneapolis, taking selfies and posing with a salad that quickly becomes ubiquitous. Much like the blog that inspired it, the video is goofy yet assertive