"Lightning Round", the band’s second full-length album, finds Bad Bad Hats more confident than ever. Producer and collaborator Brett Bullion (who also produced their debut album "Psychic Reader") encouraged the group to record live in the studio, an approach which lends many songs on the record a loose, organic feel. In this spontaneous environment, the music feels as honest and unpredictable as Alexander’s lyrics. Alexander is still writing love songs, ones that recount with cinematic swell the subtle joy and pain of the everyday. Hoge, who is known to play every instrument in the band, delivers some of his most inspired performances yet. Davison was recruited to play drums on the album and became a full-time member in the process. His drumming and melodic contributions give the new songs a level of nuance not heard in previous releases.
"Lightning Round" marks the final release with contributions from original member Noah Boswell, who will be leaving the group this fall to pursue a master's degree.