Chicano Batman Share “Dark Star” Video

Chicano Batman have dropped two new tracks today, “Dark Star” and “Pastel Sunrise.” The songs, are the LA band’s first new music since 2020
Chicano Batman have dropped two new tracks today, “Dark Star” and “Pastel Sunrise”

Chicano Batman have dropped two new tracks today, “Dark Star” and “Pastel Sunrise.” The songs, which mark the LA band’s first new music since their 2020 LP Invisible People, were both produced by John Hill (Portugal. The Man, Santigold, M.I.A.). “The music came together in John Hill’s studio,” says frontman Bardo Martinez. “The band met up and immediately we started riffing on ideas, Eduardo and I were talking about J Dilla, the bassline came, the usual chords popped up, melodies and song construction became the focal point once the groove was established. Gabo laid down that steady 16note high hat magic with that classic yet always wonderfully crafted beat. Carlos was busy on the wurli crafting a vibe that eventually became the bed for the chorus. The track came together super organically, while John whipped up the nasty sounds.

“The hardness of the track lended itself to a more ominous meaning,” he adds. “The lyrics are multidimensional, in America there are so many layers of trauma that we all have to deal with that seep into our everyday behavior and attitudes towards each other. Genocide and slavery is embedded within the dna of American culture and the social strife gripping America today exemplifies this. ‘Dark Star’ is about an honest feeling that seeks to break the status quo, tear down the physical and mental walls that hold us back from simply being ourselves.”

“Dark Star” comes alongside an incredible video directed by Anders Ericsson. “I suggested Anders Ericsson to direct the ‘Dark Star’ music video after enjoying his surreal direction for a Deerhoof music video,” says the band’s guitarist/keyboardist Carlos Arévalo. “I liked the perceived subjective nature of his work and how the visuals could stand on their own without the music if it was taken away. His playful and beautifully strange style immediately compelled me to look him up on social media because I was convinced he should direct our next video. Thankfully, he was game and the results are a piece in which he summarizes as : ‘Everybody feels lonely, squished by the world. Always compromised by big forces above us. How/Where to connect with others? When to leave your silo?’”

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Live Dates

10/20 Santa Fe, NM: Meow Wolf + (SOLD OUT)
10/21 Denver, CO: Gothic Theatre +
10/22 Salt Lake City, UT: Urban Lounge +
10/23 Las Vegas, NV: Brooklyn Bowl +
10/24 Phoenix, AZ: The Van Buren +
10/26 El Paso, TX: Lowbrow Palace +
10/29 Houston, TX: White Oak Music Hall +
10/30 Dallas, TX: Granada Theater +
11/01 McAllen, TX: Cine El Rey +
11/04 San Antonio, TX: Paper Tiger +
11/10 Los Angeles, CA: Shrine Expo Hall ^*
11/11 San Diego, CA: SOMA *
11/12 Los Angeles, CA: Shrine Expo Hall ^* (SOLD OUT)
11/13 San Francisco, CA: The Warfield ^*
11/14 San Luis Obispo, CA: Fremont Theater *
12/09 Nashville, TN: Brooklyn Bowl *
12/10 Atlanta, GA: Terminal West *
12/11 Raleigh, NC: Lincoln Theatre *
12/13 Boston, MA: Paradise *
12/14 New York, NY: Webster Hall *
12/15 Philadelphia, PA: Union Transfer *
12/17 Chicago, IL: Concord Music Hall *
12/18 Minneapolis, MN: First Avenue *

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