CHICANO BATMAN stream upcoming album ‘Freedom Is Free’ on NPR- Due 3rd March on ATO Records

February 26, 2017

Josue Rivas



Freedom is Free streaming in full at NPR Music
Released 3rd March on ATO Records

Johnnie Walker “This Land is Your Land” Ad broadcast during Grammys –
More than 1 million Youtube views:

“Chicano Batman has always exuded soulfulness in a broad sense of the term, but with Freedom Is Free, they’re deliberately playing with ’60s and ’70s R&B influences.”
NPR Music

“Chicano Batman have gone full Gil Scott-Heron on new album”  – Noisey

Funk soul brothers put a fresh twist on vintage ingredients… sounds like relics of a lost jam session between Curtis Mayfield and Carlos Santana.” – Uncut


Chicano Batman will release Freedom Is Free next week (March 3) via ATO Records but you can listen to the album in full courtesy of NPR‘s FIRST LISTEN. Produced by Leon Michels (El Michels Affair, The Arcs) the album foregrounds the soul and R&B elements of the band’s sound, truly captuing the band’s live energy, bringing their aesthetic goals to life.


In addition to NPR Music, Freedom Is Free is being lauded by Noisey, LA Times, The Guardian, LA Weekly, Magnet, FLOOD, CLASH, UNCUT and moreThe band’s recent single, “Friendship (Is A Small Boat In A Storm)” has also been getting regular spins on BBC6Music, with Lauren Laverne calling it a “beautiful song”.

The band are also the face of a new Johnnie Walker ad in the US, reimagining Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land“, which aired during the Grammys. The video is now over 1 million views and counting.

Chicano Batman starts a US headlining tour tonight, including SXSW, a return to Coachella, Forecastle Festival and Green Riverfestival with more summer festivals to be added.

Chicano Batman came out of L.A., four young men in vintage formalwear, playing songs that blended Brazilian Tropicalía with early ’70s psychedelic soul and the romantic pop of bands like Los Ángeles Negros. It was an immediately addictive sonic brew, and their reputation grew fast. Now, they’re making their boldest statement yet with Freedom Is Free, their third album and ATO Records debut, out March 3, 2017.

Chicano Batman’s look has done as much to set them apart as their sound or their name. Since the beginning, they’ve performed in matching suits and ruffled shirts; Bardo explains, “We’re making a particular reference that some people understand—Los Ángeles NegrosLos Pasteles Verdes. In the ’70s, it was a big thing where all these cats were playing romantic ballads, but they were funky as hell.”

Freedom Is Free reflects Chicano Batman’s decision to foreground the soul and R&B elements of their sound. To achieve their ambitious sonic goals, the quartet worked with producer Leon Michels (El Michels Affair, The Arcs) in his Diamond Mine Recording studio in Long Island City, NY. The partnership between Michels and Chicano Batman truly captures the band’s live energy and brings their aesthetic goals to life.

Outside the studio, Chicano Batman have built a stellar reputation through heavy touring across the country. They’ve played major festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo. Opening for Jack WhiteAlabama Shakes, The Claypool Lennon Delirium and Gogol Bordello on recent tours has given them the chance to win over thousands of rock fans, night after night.
“Friendship (Is A Small Boat In A Storm)” Video
“Friendship (Is A Small Boat In A Storm)” Live at Diamond Mine:
“Angel Child” Live at Diamond Mine:

Read Chicano Batman’s feature on The Guardian’s interactive “The Sound of L.A.” Guide

Freedom is Free Track Listing:
1 – Passed You By
2 – Friendship (Is A Small Boat In A Storm)
3 – Angel Child
4 – Freedom is Free
5 – La Jura (Prelude)
6 – Le Jura
7 – Flecha Al Sol
8 – Jealousy
9 – Right Off The Back
10 – Run
11 – The Taker Story
12 – Area C

Pre-order Freedom Is Free from Official Store | iTunes

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