As weeks passed at the Sound Distillery, we noticed a huge diversity in both our musical inspiration and our headgear. What if the two are entwined? What if the music we make is, in part, a product of the hats we wear while making it? After all, they say the clothes make the man.
And with that in mind, we bring you The hats of the Dan Howler record: a photo essay.
We start off with a classic Toque. We have been recording all winter so we have seen plain, warm toques in an array of colours.
Here, Dave is sporting a plain toque, but with a twist! Look how carelessly it is perched atop his head, as if he just threw it on without any thought for how it looks. This level of nonchalance takes years of practice.
Next up is Will sporting a baseball hat, but backwards because he’s super serious and focused. This style also serves the technical function of keeping your long hippie hair out of your ears so you can hear the monitors.
Here you can see Dan stepping up the baseball hat game with a super fly wooly hat. Dan totally picked this very stylish hat out himself.
Sometimes the realities of winter clash with our good taste. In these circumstances we bring out the big guns. Kitchener set a record this year with a temperature of -34C. On nights like that, there’s nothing better than having a dead animal on your head. Thanks for your sacrifice little bunny wabbit.
In his own words “Let’s not be afraid to get twangy with this one.” Nothing helps get in a twangy mood like a good hillbilly hat. This one will come in handy when Will gives up his career as an engineer to be a dirty bum.
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Dan is getting into the twangy spirit with his own farmer hat. He can pull it off cause he’s from Elmira.
Here we are on one of our many Shawarma breaks during a long night of working. It’s important to have a good baseball cap and maybe a pair of sunglasses to hide from the paparazzi. They’re not following us yet, but it’s good to be prepared.
Even I got in on the baseball cap game, mainly to keep my hair our of my face while were working. This one makes me play bass like a child.
Here you see Dan sporting his “Heritage” trucker hat. We have a lot in common with truckers, because we really want them to listen to our music in their trucks. We also have a strong connection with our heritage, you know, cause we have grandparents and stuff.
And the grand prize for biggest, baddest hat goes to the man himself, Dan Howler. This one only comes out when the banjos and mandolins are around for an all out ho-down!