Inspired by a destructive and loss-heavy apartment fire in June of 2016, the Hats have cleaned up, streamlined and will be self-releasing their first full-length record since 2014 this year. 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 will be the first to be released as The Hats. It will feature deeper, 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 2015and 2016, and accolades from regional press outlets in NH, MA, VT, NY and beyond. “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… (M. 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. 2019 holds no lack of momentum for the freshly rebranded Hats, as they prepare for the release of their next full-length album.