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Chicano Batman
9:00 PM - 11:59 PM Catalyst Club
Date: April 27, 2019 to April 27, 2019
Where: Catalyst Club, 1011 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, California, United States, 95060
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They came out of L.A., four young men in vintage formalwear, playing songs that blended Brazilian Tropicala with early 70s psychedelic soul and the romantic pop of bands like Los ngeles Negros. It was an immediately addictive sonic brew, and their reputation grew fast. Since forming in 2008, Chicano Batman have released two full-length albumsa self-titled 2009 debut, and 2014s Cycles Of Existential Rhymeand two EPs. The band has played Coachella, and toured with Alabama Shakes and Jack White, among others. Now, theyre making their boldest statement yet with Freedom Is Free, their third album and ATO Records debut. Frontman Bardo Martinez met bassist Eduardo Arenas in 2008, and they quickly found common ground in the work of Caetano Veloso and other Tropicala performers, as well as the kind of vintage soul and pop heard on the albums our parents have in their closets. They recruited drummer Gabriel Villa and made their first album as a trio; guitarist Carlos Arvalo joined the band in 2011 and they released The Joven Navegante EP the following year. Chicano Batmans look has done as much to set them apart as their sound or their name. Since the beginning, theyve performed in matching suits and ruffled shirts; Bardo explains, Were making a particular reference that some people understandLos ngeles Negros, Los Pasteles Verdes. In the 70s, it was a big thing where all these cats were playing romantic ballads, but they were funky as hell. That sharp funk groove shows up throughout Freedom Is Free, but especially on the title song. Bardos uplifting lyrics, delivered in his uniquely dreamy/romantic style, are bolstered by the backing vocals of New Yorks all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache. Its a counterpoint to the propaganda catch phrase that was invented by the US government during the first Iraq war, Freedom isnt free, he explains. Its a counter-narrativethe song itself relates to the idea that freedom is inherent to every individual on this planet an
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