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“I love this record. The production is head and shoulders above anything I've heard coming from the quote-unquote-underground as of late, polished but not prosessed, with every nuance of the musicians' intricate contributions poking through the haze of guitars. At 30 minutes, every track is worth getting a hold of, but "Let the Good Times Last" and "Dreamsicle" are my immediate favorites. Seriously, get this record”
“There’s no confusing what this band wants to say. Songs like “There is No Us” and “Let the Good Times Last” give that warm, fuzzy 90s alt rock buzz with straightforward lyrics that seem to fit your life even when they really have no connection.”
“The Hat Madder is a garage band from the Midwest. They play some good, catchy, rock and roll on this CD, and I’ll bet that they are even better live. I can imagine them as the house band playing in the background in an indie movie, or as a local favorite on a college radio station. Not bad at all. –Lauren Trout (GTG / Big Rig Productions, Myspace.com/GoodTimeGangRecordings)”
“Their music is often compared to many of the great bands of the 90′s that still aren’t given enough credit including Sonic Youth, The Pixies, DEVO, Shudder to Think, The Afghan Whigs and 90’s indie rock poets Archers of Loaf. Listeners will enjoy catchy hooks blended with some weirdness that will make even the toughest critics tune in.”
"This album is a great slab of rock and roll with all the dissonant bits any fan of Sonic Youth (or generally late 80s alternative) would eat up. If you’re not into that kind of thing, then the so-poppy-it-hurts hooks are great and get caught in your head."
"Rogue Notes and Phones," the latest release from Lansing, Michigan based indie band The Hat Madder, takes a few tracks to build steam, but when it gets going it's an enjoyable, if imperfect, ride.
“What has earned admiration for The Hat Madder is the band’s ability to get a crowd to uncross its arms and remember what makes music fun. The band plays exciting shows and writes songs that can simultaneously carry emotional weight and make you bounce around like an over-caffeinated crazy person. They're confident on stage, but not cocky self-promoters. The music, which touches on ‘70s psychedelia, ‘90s slacker rock and a dose of indie-electronics, is at once affecting and fun. ”