Sharon Jones

Chicano Batman takes on the 800-pound gorilla with 'Freedom Is Free'

Chicano Batman takes on the 800-pound gorilla with 'Freedom Is Free'

Chicano Batman’s new song, “The Taker Story,” is surely the first  2017 resistance anthem to be inspired by a telepathic gorilla.  

The L.A. band’s frontman, Bardo Martinez, recently read and loved Daniel Quinn’s 1992 novel, “Ishmael,” a work of magical realism from the point of view of a primate whose captive life gave him insights into humans’ self-destructiveness. Its philosophy — that we can’t escape nature and humanity needs new myths about itself to survive — hit Martinez hard amid the fear and anger of the recent election season. 

So on “Taker Story,” a ruminative single inspired by ’60s radicalism and ’70s soul, he wrote a new...

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