CHICANO BATMAN RELEASE “BLANK SLATE”
NEW ALBUM INVISIBLE PEOPLE OUT MAY 1
ON ATO RECORDS
photo by: George Mays
(Toronto, ON – April 21, 2020) – Today, Chicano Batman releases “Blank Slate” from their forthcoming album Invisible People set for a May 1st release via ATO Records. With a Rick James-esque thumping bass line and a Daft Punk mono synth inspired guitar solo, the track finds the perfect harmony between modern and 80’s funk.
“It was the first song that we dug our heels into,” Martinez says about the track. “It was our Blank Slate…so I also approached the lyrics from that angle but applied it to my personal life at the time to create the typical love song dance jam.”
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For the album, the band worked with Shawn Everett, the GRAMMY-award winning mixing engineer known for his work with Alabama Shakes, War on Drugs, Kacey Musgraves, and Julian Casablancas. With Leon Michels’ (Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Lee Fields & The Expressions) producing and Everett’s mixing 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.
FADER calls the album’s second single “Pink Elephant” a “supremely groovy punchbowl anthem” while Billboard praises its “warm, funk-damning vignettes.”
The album’s lead track “Color my life” was lauded by Rolling Stone as a “tropicalia-infused thesis on a utopian world where factors like race, gender and class do not preclude the potential for human connection and solidarity” and garnered support from Rivers Cuomo and Danger Mouse. It debuted at # 3 on KCRW’s Top Music Charts and is featured on Spotify’s “Ultimate Indie” and “Good Vibes” playlists.
PRAISE FOR CHICANO BATMAN
“Collide soul, surf and Tropicália into a raging blend of fire and excitement”
– ROLLING STONE
“You need to know Chicano Batman…with their combination of soul, pop, tropicalia and psych” – THE GUARDIAN
“A pitch-perfect voice of the resistance”– BILLBOARD
“A deeper dimension of sly pop culture references, unapologetic Latin pride, and the thoughtful exploration of popular music’s all pervasive black roots”– Noisey
“Laid-back lounge grooves and a funky swagger” – NPR
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