To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the release of their debut EP It Hurts, Minneapolis-based indie-rock duo Bad Bad Hats will be releasing It Hurts (10th Anniversary edition) at the end of the month. The reissue will consist of remasters of all five songs, as well as the original demos, and will be the first time that fans will have the opportunity to purchase the EP on vinyl.
So far, the band has released two songs from the project: “Super America (Remaster),” and “It Hurts (Demo).” Upon first listening to “It Hurts (Demo),” I was emotionally torn—part of me is extremely grateful this version is now available, and the other part is devastated that it took ten years to have access to it. While both the original master and demo versions feature the same lyrics and melody, each version provides a completely different listening experience and the demo is certainly able to stand on its own. Compared to the original master, the demo stacks up quite nicely; the instruments are softer, the main vocals are sharper and delivered in a way that allows lead vocalist Kerry Alexander the opportunity to show off more of her personality, and the background vocals have been replaced with whistling and a more prominent kazoo that fills a void that I never even knew existed prior to listening to this song (and I would like to formally petition for all songs going forward to include a minimum of two kazoo solos). The song is able to balance the indie-pop formula perfectly; it is simple in a way that is refreshing but not boring, and repetitive in a way that is catchy and fun rather than redundant.
After listening to these two songs, I am eager to hear how the rest of the original demos compare to their remastered counterparts and get a greater glimpse into the evolutionary journey behind each song. It Hurts (10th Anniversary Edition) will be available digitally on January 27, and the vinyl is available for pre-order on their website now. In the meantime, listen to “It Hurts (Demo)” to fill the Bad Bad Hats shaped hole in your soul with a Good Good Song.
Haley Gilbert is a student writer from Lawrenceville, Georgia. She currently attends the University of Georgia and is part of the Marketing and Music Business programs. After attending countless concerts throughout her life, Haley realized the only thing she enjoys more than listening to music is talking about listening to music, and she is excited to do just that with Vinyl Mag. While she gravitates towards folk and rock music, she is looking forward to expanding her tastes, immersing herself in the vibrant Athens music scene, and sharing her findings with all of you.