CHICANO BATMAN SAYS “FREEDOM IS FREE”

Posted on Jan. 19 2017

UPCOMING ALBUM TITLE TRACK OUT TODAY AS INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE LEADING TO TOMORROW’S INAUGURATION: www.youtube.com/watch?v=68ufG3G59H4

WATCH LEAD SINGLE “FRIENDSHIP (IS A SMALL BOAT IN A STORM)” PERFORMED LIVE AT DIAMOND MINE STUDIO WITH ALBUM PRODUCER LEON MICHELS ON KEYS: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qe8rXtDzYsI

“FRIENDSHIP” ADDED TO SIRIUS XMU, WFUV, WXPN, KCRW AND MORE

FREEDOM IS FREE OUT MARCH 3 ON ATO RECORDS

NATIONAL HEADLINING TOUR INCLUDES COACHELLA AND TORONTO DATE

“Chicano Batman have gone full Gil Scott-Heron on new album”  – Noisey

“It’s a preview of groovy things to come… join the party and see what we’ve been raving about” – NPR Music

“Their sets are serious business: You can climb into one of them and follow it a long way” – NY Times

 

TORONTO, ON – January 19, 2016 – Chicano Batman closed out the year announcing a new album and tour and the LA quartet begin 2017 with the release of “Freedom Is Free”, the title track to their upcoming LP, out March 3 on ATO Records.

“Freedom Is Free” is an inspirational credo from the psych-soul outfit at an all too apripos time. FLOOD agrees that, “the song’s sweetness, the ease with which it unfolds along that provocative bassline, suggests both the inevitability of its message and the band’s confidence in it.”

“Because of the ascendence of capitalism as a dominant form of cultural exchange, freedom (however you choose to define it) has been commodified like any other product,” says vocalist Bardo Martinez. “Throughout our history the state has presented the rationale (through propagandistic means and ends) that freedom is not free; that your personal freedom is contingent and dependent on the well being of the state. This logic has explicitly justified war and its atrocities in the name of freedom. This song is an antithesis to that ideological fallacy. Freedom is as free as the spirit, as nature, as the universe itself. No matter how hard man tries to control every nuance of nature’s movement, he will not succeed. Freedom is a concept of the feeling of nature itself propelling everything in the universe in motion.”

 “Freedom Is Free” at Spotify | Soundcloud | iTunes

Freedom Is Free is already being lauded by NPR Music, Noisey and more and the Leon Michels (El Michels Affair, The Arcs) produced album foregrounds the soul and R&B elements of the band’s sound, truly capturing the band’s live energy, bringing their aesthetic goals to life. The organ-driven soul jam “Friendship (Is a Small Boat In A Storm)” has been added to tastemaker stations across the country including SiriusXMU, WFUV, WXPN and KCRW, to name a few.

Chicano Batman start their national headlining tour next month, ending with a return to Coachella. The tour will run through the spring and summer, with more shows to be added constantly, sharing with anyone who wants to hear the news that Freedom Is Free.

“Friendship (Is A Small Boat In A Storm)” Video
“Friendship (Is A Small Boat In A Storm)” at Spotify | iTunes

Pre-order Freedom Is Free from Official Store | iTunes

Chicano Batman Tour Dates
Feb 23 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile #
Feb 24 – Portland, OR – Star Theater #
Feb 25 – Eugene, OR – HiFi Music Hall #
Feb 26 – Arcata, CA – Arcata Theatre Lounge #
Mar 01 – Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s #
Mar 02 – San Jose, CA – The Ritz #
Mar 03 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore #
Mar 13 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad $
Mar 19 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live Studio $
Mar 21 – Atlanta, GA – The EARL #
Mar 22 – Asheville, NC – The Mothlight #
Mar 23 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506 #
Mar 24 – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern #
Mar 25 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel #
Mar 27 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground Showcase Lounge #
Mar 28 – Boston, MA — The Sinclair #
Mar 31 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom #
Apr 01 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry @ The Fillmore #
Apr 02 – Pittsburgh, PA – James Street Ballroom #
Apr 04 – Toronto, ON – The Velvet Underground #
Apr 05 – Detroit, MI – El Club #
Apr 06 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Stache @ The Intersection #
Apr 07 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall #
Apr 08 – St. Louis, MO – The Firebird $
Apr 10 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater $
Apr 11 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf $
Apr 15 – Indio, CA – Coachella
Apr 22 – Indio, CA – Coachella

# w. 79.5
$ w. The Shacks
All dates w. SadGirl

Freedom is Free Track Listing:

1 – Passed You By
2 – Friendship (Is A Small Boat In A Storm)
3 – Angel Child
4 – Freedom is Free
5 – La Jura (Prelude)
6 – Le Jura
7 – Flecha Al Sol
8 – Jealousy
9 – Right Off The Back
10 – Run
11 – The Taker Story
12 – Area C

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(cover art by Philippe Previl)

High Res Cover Art
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(Photo Credit: Josue Rivas)

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