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“The eclectic, party-starting Southern California band make their most accessible record, with big hooks and definitive statements to match.” – PITCHFORK
“retro-tinged resistance funk” – ROLLING STONE
“supremely groovy” – FADER
“beautiful mix of love songs, psychedelia to political consciousness” – NPR Music
“progressive lyrics with hard-hitting synth-funk beats” – V MAN
“a cross of Tame Impala and Neon Indian…shape their tropicalia-bent indie rock into a glossier pop-style.” – CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND
“perfect musical accompaniment for summer cruisin'” – AV CLUB
(Toronto, ON – May 12, 2020) – LA’s beloved psych-soul four-piece Chicano Batman recently released their highly-anticipated new album Invisible People via ATO Records. Pitchfork calls it their “most accessible record” while NPR Music says it’s “an incredible leap forward,” and AllMusic praises the way the 12-song collection “twists and morphs with the elegance of a lava lamp.”
Listen and share Invisible People here: http://smarturl.it/invisiblepeople
Last night, Chicano Batman appeared on Vice News Tonight’s Receiver where they spoke with Dexter Thomas about their “uniquely-of-the-moment record” (LA Times) and answered fan questions.
The four-piece also debuted their music video for “Blank Slate,” filmed at Hollywood’s legendary Barefoot Studios. The visual sees Chicano Batman’s Bardo Martinez grooving around the studio that was home to Stevie Wonder, interspersed with empty shots of the City of Angels.
Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NC9wLUO0KLk
“Blank Slate is a progressive musical aesthetic for the band,” bassist Eduardo Arenas says. “The music video superimposes forward-moving streetscapes over our studio performance which say less about who the band is but where we are headed. The video offers a glimpse into our band chemistry and shows the ambitious crafting of a future sound.”
Additionally, director George Mays says “the guys told me they envisioned a dark and slightly futuristic art video that represents the idea of moving on from the past and creating a new path forward. They were doing so with their music and in their personal lives, so we edited live footage with shots from around their native LA that we felt captured the artistic movement.”
To celebrate their record release, Chicano Batman performed “Color my life” for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s #playathome series.
Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f17-vhZ20jw
For the album, the band worked with Shawn Everett, the GRAMMY-winning mixing engineer known for his work with Alabama Shakes, The War on Drugs, Kacey Musgraves, and Julian Casablancas. With production by Leon Michels (Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Lee Fields & The Expressions) and Everett steering the record’s direction, the band’s lush sound has become a more pointed, densely layered soundscape. Invisible People is an illuminating and encapsulating listen, one that hasn’t lost the essence that put Chicano Batman on the map and makes a stirring point about the times we’re living in
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