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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Chicano Batman

Posted by Amoebite, September 20, 2017 01:13pm | Post a Comment

Chicano Batman What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

It's been a good year for Chicano Batman, having released an acclaimed record and embarking on a US tour this fall. Thankfully the LA-based tropicalia soul band had time to sit on the green room couch here at Amoeba Hollywood for a fun and eclectic What's In My Bag? episode. The band members picked a wide-ranging collection of records from genres including Brazilian soul, thrash metal, and South African disco (just to name a few). Everyone had something thoughtful to say about their choices, like drummer Gabriel Villa, who grabbed a vinyl reissue of Metallica's ...And Justice For All, which he credits as the album that got him into music and drumming.

Drawing influences from tropicalia, psychedelia, funk, indie, and soul, LA's Chicano Batman have created their own unique take on Latin alternative music. Formed in 2008, the band originally consisted of Bardo Martinez, Eduardo Arenas, and Gabriel Villa. The then-three-piece self-released their eponymous full-length debut in 2010. After the addition of Carlos Arévalo, Chicano Batman released the Joven Navegante EP in 2012.

In 2014, the band put out their sophomore LP, Cycles Of Existential Rhyme, followed in 2015 by the EP Black Lipstick. That same year, their star rose further after a series of dates opening for Jack White and Alabama Shakes and an appearance at Coachella. In 2016, the band signed to ATO, who released their third full-length, Freedom Is Free, a year later. The band made their late night television debut on Conan in 2017 to promote the album. This fall, Chicano Batman hit the road for a lengthy US tour, including three sold out nights in Los Angeles at the Fonda Theatre.

Guitarist Carlos ArĂ©valo grabbed a few records by some classic guitarists, including Johnny Guitar Watson, whose song "Three Hours Past Midnight" was apparently a huge influence on Frank Zappa's guitar playing, and a collection of tracks Jimi Hendrix recorded before stardom with Curtis Knight and The Squires. Lead singer and organist Bardo Martinez found a collection of South Africa synth disco and discussed the irreplaceability of vintage synths, while bassist Eduardo Arenas recommended A Seat At The Table, the latest album by Solange, saying, "everybody needs to get this." 

But which band does Eduardo Arenas call "the Pink Floyd of death metal"? And who does Gabriel Villa think is the "best drummer in history"? You'll have to watch the video below to find out:

Chicano Batman - What's In My Bag?
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