Black Hats

Black Hats

 Oxford, England, GBR

"Coming at you like a Dr Peppers shot, with their post-punk, dub-beat ska-riff belting live show."
- Coo Promotions (Jun 01, 2011)


With an insistent power pop sound and a visceral, energetic live show come a new guitar band with solid tastemaker support and an active on line fan base.

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 - recently sighted by the Guardian as a current hot bed of new music in the UK - 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 is supported by radio plugging and PR from Ollie McCormack at Top Button Digital and coincides with the release on Monday May 26 2012 of the bands mini album Austerity for the Hoi Polloi. (Distribution – Fine Tunes)

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.’

Supporting the release of Kick in the Doors will be the Black Hats ‘Secret Gig’ Tour. The reputation around their visceral and energetic live show has resulted in packed audiences at festivals such as Wychwood Festival 2011 and Cornbury Music Festival, plus support slots with Electric Six and The Hoosiers, have seen the band reach out to an ever widening audience.

To add to the angular approach of the Secret Gig campaign Mark, Ian and Nick will engage fans with a series of ‘puzzles’ on social media to take advantage of the bands already active fan base.

Management support and campaign strategy is via Mark Muggeridge at Evil Genius Media.


Kick in the Doors - April 2012
Tunnels/Blood and Space (Double A/side) - September 2010
Magnets (EP) - November 2009
What's Not to Understand? - May 2009

Airplay on BBC 6Music & BBC Introducing (Oxford)
Regular internet/podcast airplay including US college radio.
All releases available on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby etc

Most tracks also streamed streamed on our website.

Set List

Current 40 - 60 minute set of original material (longer available on request - we can dip into the back catalogue!)

Current set list:

You Make us What We Are
Death By Record
Blood and Space
We Write Things Down
Impossible View
Won't Say
We Go Out
Just Fall
Kick in The Doors