Chicano Batman joined host Canyon Cody for a special interview and performance, giving fans details on their 2024 album Notebook Fantasy and upcoming tour, live from the Helpful Honda Sound Space at KROQ in Los Angeles.

Kicking off Alternalido this past Sunday (3/31), Carlos ArévaloBardo Martinez, and Eduardo Arenas of Chicano Batman previewed a few songs from their new album Notebook Fantasy and sat down with host Canyon Cody to discuss the release and much more.

After working, as he feels, harder than anyone else over the course of the pandemic and exhausting every socially distant angle they could, Eduardo tells us there's nothing that matches the feeling of “getting live in a room with people… you can't replace it.”

“We record all our music live,” he adds. “’Notebook Fantasy,’ this new record, we did all that live (and we do overdub), but it's what happens in the room. That is the magic that you can't replace.”

Offering some advice for rising artists, Eduardo says, “If you have something compelling to say or play or art or anything or display, go do that and keep doing that, and don't rely on anybody else on the outside to give you that confidence to keep doing that. It's hard when you depend on other people to like you to upgrade your art. You gotta like yourself… put the blinds on, just do it ‘cause you like it. It really pays off.”

“Nobody's gonna feel you unless you feel what you're doing,” adds Bardo. "For me, Chicano Batman was always about doing what I was feeling inside… the words on the paper, this is my experience that I'm writing. I would say, just really dig into yourself. Cheesy but hey, f*** it!”

The band will hit the road this year in support of Notebook Fantasy, with U.S. tour dates kicking off on April 19 at Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas, making stops in major cities across the country through the end of June.

Don't miss Chicano Batman's full interview above, and stay tuned for even more action from the Helpful Honda Sound Space at KROQ right here on Audacy.

Words by Joe Cingrana Interview by Canyon Cody

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