Songs for the Common Maniac
'The Madhats' "An outstanding CD" "The only recorded music I can recall that pulled me into it's world the way "Songs for the Common MANiac does is some by The Doors, The Beatles' "Abbey Road", and Pink Floyd's "The Wall". - Rapid City Journal, May 6, 2006 Music's own mad scientist, Keller Williams, calls The Madhats '..incredible.' The MadHat's music offers an original sound and blend in a mess of current pop music forms and stylings. The satirical lyrics dance through the progressive compositions, while musicianship takes center stage. Constant rhythmic and dynamic changes and blending of odd and even time signatures characterizes The MadHat's sound. A 'Hats' fan describes them as being a smoothie blended on high, alluding to their mixing of a variety of musical forms. The Madhats are a totally improvisational experiment, and their music is an intoxicating, psychedelic marmalade with a hard blues/rock bite to it. A music critic for 'The Rapid City Journal' describes The MadHat's music as an, 'outrageous and totally unpredictable ride, rooted in a range of musical styles, from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to Pink Floyd to Modest Mouse.' '[The Madhats] turn music on it's head, and with the bands booming popularity, a new album in the works and a music video on the way, it looks like upside-down is the way to be.'
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