The misadventures of Chicano Batman and rasquachismo
In our latest Tapas video, Los Angeles band Chicano Batman talks about their misadventures as an emerging band and explain ‘rasquachismo’.
In their own words, ‘rasquachismo’ is when any problem can be fixed with crazy glue, just as an example.
When the band was starting, lead vocalist Bardo Martínez didn't have a stand for his keyboard so he pulled out the ironing board and voilà. Soon enough the ironing board became a staple in their presentations.
When the mic was electrocuting the singer in the middle of a presentation, and they didn’t have one of those ‘puffy things’ to put on it, he thought why not put a sock on it. Problem solved.
And talking about misadventures, Eduardo Arenas (bass and vocals) remembered when the band bought their first van. At first the $1,500 they paid for a 1995 Astrovan that was originally being sold for $1,900 seemed like a good deal, but later on they found out it had been stolen. But that didn’t stop them.
These are just some of the misadventures that ‘Chicano Batman’ shared with AL DÍA during their visit to Philadelphia earlier this month, as part of a quick tour in the East Coast that also included New York and Brooklyn.
The band that reclaims and represents the musical roots of past generations, takes inspiration from a wide range of sounds from the 60s and early 70s, including bossa nova, samba, spacey psychedelia, slow-jam soul and surf-rock cumbia.
In 2014, Chicano Batman was chosen by listeners of NPR’s Alt.Latino as one of their favorite bands of the year.