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 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.
Chicano Batman Tour Dates
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