Concert Review– Bad Bad Hats, Basement, and The Front Bottoms

By Jordan Raivel

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Over Thanksgiving break I had the great opportunity of attending a concert at the Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland. I had been at the venue once before as a young teen to see Cody Simpson (the greatest Australian teen singer of our generation) and the atmosphere was definitely different seeing acts that aren’t geared towards middle school girls. I had seen Bad Bad Hats, one of the opening bands, in DC two years prior which was a good time in a small venue. Although they played the same set as before, it was still a great show with a bigger, more enthusiastic crowd. The show consisted of favorites such as “Super America” and “It Hurts”. A trio from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Bad Bad Hats produces a fun and funky sound, propped by the quirky personality of lead vocalist Kerry Alexander. Their collective personality shines through in both their stage presence and music videos on YouTube, which are definitely worth checking out.

I had listened to Basement and the Front Bottoms briefly on Spotify before the concert, and have to admit I was not too jazzed about either of them. Thankfully, I was proved wrong when the Front Bottoms took the stage with a fun attitude, cool background videos, and enthusiastic band members. I now really enjoy some of their music, including “Peace Sign”, “Bae”, “Don’t Fill Up On Chips”, and “Raining”. They certainly have a large and enthusiastic following in the DC-metro area, and the crowd’s passion really enhanced the set.

On the other hand, I was not as pleased with the second opener, Basement. A pop punk group from Ipswich, England, Basement has been described as “melodic hardcore punk”, and I guess that’s just not my cup of tea. They had a fan base at the venue as well, but certainly not the size of the Front Bottoms’.

Check out some of Bad Bad Hats’ YouTube videos for songs such as “It Hurts”, “Shame”, and their cover of Shania Twain’s “That Don’t Impress Me Much”!!

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