Hailing from Witney in Oxfordshire, Black Hats are Ian Budd (Bass & Vocals), Nick Breakspear (Guitar & Vocals) and Mark Franklin (Drums & Vocals). Having spent the last 18 months earning a reputation on the vibrant and competitive Oxford music scene, the band are now ready to reach out to national audiences with a debut single and a national tour.
Produced by Sam Williams (Plan B, Supergrass) Kick in the Doors sets a hectic pace and makes a statement that is all post punk/power pop attitude and clarion call hooks and rhythms. Its release on Monday April 16 2012 coincides with the release on Monday April 30 2012 of the bands mini album Austerity for the Hoi Polloi. (Distribution – Believe Digital UK)
Support for Black Hats has already come from BBC Introducing Oxfordshire and BBC 6Music (Tom Robinson) for previous unreleased tracks. Oxford’s respected music journal Nightshift has sighted Black Hats as ‘ahead of the current crop.’