Photo by Josue Rivas
Over the next two weeks, the Song of the Day features SXSW 2016 artists.
Every year, I make two SXSW-related lists: bands I want to see, and bands I want to see based on name alone. Chicano Batman is definitely in the latter category, but don’t sleep on these guys. From the opening organ stabs of “Black Lipstick” I was hooked, because it reminded me of similar Tex-Mex creations cooked up a generation ago by the Sir Douglas Quintet and Sam The Sham & the Pharaohs.
In fact, Chicano Batman hail from L.A., and they instead bring a certain laid-back SoCal cool to the song. They’ve already toured with Jack White and Alabama Shakes, two other artists that are mining these old sounds but putting a modern spin on them. Listen to “Black Lipstick” below and catch Chicano Batman at SXSW 2016.
Chicano Batman at SXSW 2016:
Wednesday, Mar 16: Stubb’s, 8:30 p.m. (NPR showcase)
Thursday, Mar 17: Hotel San Jose, 3 p.m. (South By San Jose day show)
Friday, Mar 18: Mohawk, 1:30 p.m. (Windish day show)
Saturday, Mar 19: Hotel Vegas, 5:30 p.m. (Burger Records day show)
Saturday, Mar 19: Maggie Mae’s, 10 p.m. (official SXSW showcase)