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Latin 25/02/2020

Chicano Batman Announces New Album 'Ιnvisible People'

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New York, NY (Top40 Charts) LA psych-soul four-piece Chicano Batman announce Invisible People, out May 1st via ATO Records. The follow-up to 2017's critically-acclaimed Freedom Is Free is also their most sonically-varied and cohesive. The record is a statement of hope, a proclamation that we are all invisible people, and that despite race, class, or gender we can overcome our differences and stand together.

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 Tropicalia-tinged sound has transformed into their most polished and densely layered. Invisible People is an illuminating and encapsulating sonic landscape, one that hasn't lost the essence that put Chicano Batman on the map.

The group who combine "soul, surf and Tropicália into a raging blend of fire and excitement" (Rolling Stone) are celebrating the announcement with a new single and video for "Color my life." Directed by George Mays, the video is a psychedelic collage of visuals that sees the band grooving to synths amongst palm tree-studded backgrounds of Los Angeles' streets, beaches, and boardwalks.

Watch via Rolling Stone:

Flaunting their "laid back lounge grooves...R&B with flavors from Mexico or Brazil and a funky swagger" (NPR) that they've become so known for, "Color my life" places the listener in a hazy, California dream.

"[It's a] neck breaker from the future, beckoning a retreat to nature in the apocalyptic dawn," says lead singer Bardo Martinez of the track and accompanying visuals. "This is Chicano Batman's new single for all generations past and for all those yet to be born. Everything is everything, brothers and sisters."

Chicano Batman will embark on an expansive U.S. tour in support of Invisible People which will take the "politically astute" (Billboard) group across both coasts, including stops at New York City's Webster Hall and LA's iconic Shrine Auditorium, their largest venue to date at 6,000+ capacity. NPR Music says the band's live set immerses the audience in a non-stop "groove that gets better and better with each performance," while Noisey praises the group's "smooth R&B and soul sides." After earning a coveted spot in 2015's Coachella line-up, the band will return to Indio this year to play the Festival this year. Johnnie Walker, a partner of the band since 2017, joins the tour as the presenting sponsor. Chicano Batman appeared in the Johnnie Walker 'Keep Walking America' campaign celebrating a new, diverse generation of Americans moving culture forward. Johnnie Walker is proud to support Chicano Batman's boundary-pushing new album and will soon release the official tour cocktail for fans aged 21+.

Watch Chicano Batman's NPR Tiny Desk performance here:
Watch Chicano Batman's performance on CONAN:
Invisible People Tracklisting:
1. Color my life
2. Blank Slate
3. I Know It
4. Invisible People
5. Manuel's Story
6. Moment of Joy
7. Pink Elephant
8. Polymetronomic Harmony
9. The Way
10. The Prophet
11. Bella
12. Wounds
"collide soul, surf and Tropicália into a raging blend of fire and excitement" - ROLLING STONE

"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
"You need to know Chicano Batman...with their combination of soul, pop, tropicalia and psych" - THE GUARDIAN

Chicano Batman source their high-spirited alternative synthesis from tropicália, West Coast psychedelia, and late-'60s/early-'70s soul. Made up of Eduardo Arenas (bass, guitar, vocals), Carlos Arévalo (guitars), Bardo Martinez (lead vocals, keyboards, guitar), Gabriel Villa (drums), Chicano Batman has been well-respected locally for the best part of a decade. The group has opened for Jack White, Alabama Shakes, Vampire Weekend and Portugal. The Man in recent tours and has played major festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo. After signing with ATO Records, the group released Freedom is Free in 2017, teaming up with Leon Michels to craft an ambitious sonic experience that enhances the soul and R&B elements of their sound.

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