CHICANO BATMAN SHARES POLITICALLY CHARGED NEW VIDEO FOR “FREEDOM IS FREE” POWERFUL CLIP DEBUTS WITH NPR| RETURN TO TORONTO OCTOBER 1

Posted on Sep. 19 2017

“‘Freedom Is Free’ is a move to unravel our minds of fear from the powers that be and replace it with self-empowerment. FREEDOM must be restored to what it has always been: controlled by no person and subject only to the infinite flow of the elements. While we are here on Earth, we should rejoice in its worth.”

– Chicano Batman

“It’s not surprising that this bold, visual statement came from Chicano Batman, 

a band whose very name screams bi-cultural genre splitting.”

– NPR Music

TORONTO, ON – September 19, 2017–  Acclaimed psych-soul outfit Chicano Batman released Freedom Is Free via ATO Records earlier this year. The album not only foregrounds the soul and R&B elements of the band’s sound, but also speaks volumes during the political climate of this time. Today, the band shares the powerful new video for the title-track that is a compelling statement of the band’s frustrations in a world of oppression; passionately fighting back against their captors to free themselves both figuratively and literally. The video debuted this morning at NPR Music.

“Freedom is a word that describes our best state of being,” says the band. “It’s an inherent attribute or birthright subject only to the infinite flow of the elements. When we fight abusive governing bodies or oppressive forces that try to control our freedom, we are actually fighting them to accept something which is universal in nature.”

The video was filmed by Latin GRAMMY-winning director Carl Zitelmann (Café Tacvba, La Vida Boheme) who said, “Oppressors usually design situations so people succumb to racism, hate, resentment, etc, in order to benefit their agendas. The purpose of showing the band both peacefully and defiantly in a circumstance as extreme as being tortured by drowning was exactly that: you can take away the air from me, but you can’t change ME. ‘you can’t control how I feel, no way.’ Remaining who you are, even under the most excruciating situations, is the ultimate success.”

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Chicano Batman starts a national fall tour this week with three SOLD OUT nights at The Fonda in LA. The band will also return to Toronto on October 1 to play The Mod Club.  Khruangbin and The Shacks join for most of the dates, which can be found below.

Freedom Is Free is among Billboard’s ˜Best Albums of 2017 So Far” and the Leon Michels (El Michels Affair, The Arcs) produced album’s cultural significance continues to build, even though, ironically, it wasn’t written and recorded with our current political situation in mind. Having surpassed 10,000 albums on the consumption charts, Chicano Batman has gained accolades from the LA Times, NPR’s All Things ConsideredChicago Tribune and an LA Weekly cover story along with a Tiny Desk Concert and their national TV debut on CONAN.

Chicano Batman Tour Dates
Sep 21 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre **SOLD OUT**
Sep 22 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre **SOLD OUT**
Sep 23 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre **SOLD OUT**
Sep 29 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom
Sep 30 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
Oct 01 – Toronto, ON – The Mod Club #
Oct 03 – Columbus, OH – The A&R Music Bar #
Oct 04 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club #
Oct 05 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza #
Oct 06 – Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw #
Oct 07 – Boston, MA – Paradise #
Oct 08 – Philadelphia, PA – Theater of the Living Arts #
Oct 21 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre #
Oct 22 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West #
Oct 24 – San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger #
Oct 25 – Dallas, TX – Grenada Theater #
Oct 27-Oct 29 – New Orleans, LA – Voodoo Music + Arts Experience
Oct 28 – Austin, TX – Emo’s #
Oct 29 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live #
Oct 31 – Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theatre #
Nov 01 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre #
Nov 02 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge #
Nov 03 – Las Vegas, NV – Fremont Country Club #
Nov 04 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren #
Nov 10 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater #
Nov 11 – Long Beach, CA – Queen Mary Events Park #
Nov 12 – Reno, NV – Whitney Peak Hotel #
Nov 14 – San Luis Obispo, CA – Fremont Theatre #
Nov 15 – Fresno, CA – Strummer’s #
Nov 16 – Arcata, CA – Kate Buchanan Room #
Nov 17 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom #
Nov 18 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox #

# w/ Khruangbin

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