Less than a week from now, on Wednesday, August 25, at the Palladium Ballroom, the electro-funk masters in Chromeo
will roll through town, bringing with them Brooklyn's Holy Ghost!
, and, surely, the same tongue-in-cheek attitudes that have served them so well since bursting on to the scene with their 2004 debut, She's In Control
. This current tour comes in support of the band's upcoming third full-length, Business Casual
(see the video for lead single "Night by Night" above; the video for follow-up single "Don't Turn The Lights On" is posted after the jump.)
It's a weird dichotomy offered up by this duo of lead vocalist/guitarist Dave 1 and synth guru P-Thugg: The band's synth-heavy and hook-laden songs are, no doubt, catchy affairs; but the subject matter they proffer, more often than not, takes itself far less seriously (see: "Momma's Boy," "Needy Girl"). Rather than undermine their music, though, this goofball nature actually seems to enhance the overall sound, adding an added ironic appeal to the band's already heavily '80s-influenced, intentionally cheeseball aesthetic. Or so you'll come to believe upon finding yourself in a crowded room of fans all-too-willingly chanting "Chrome-o! Oooooooooo! Oh!"
In anticipation of the band's upcoming performance, we caught up with Dave 1 over the phone last week to talk about the upcoming record (Business Casual
will earn its release in September), the band's recent collaborations with Darryl Hall (he of Hall & Oates fame) and his own rumored upcoming work with the local products in Neon Indian
. Read the full Q&A after the jump--where you'll also find a free download of Business Casual
's second single, "Don't Turn The Lights On."
But first, there's this: The band's also been kind enough to pass along a free pair of tickets to its show next Wednesday. Want them? Be the first person to email me right now with the words "Casual Wednesday" in the subject line and they're yours. Good luck! Update:
Contest is over. Congrats to our winner!
Bonus mp3: Chromeo -- "Don't Turn The Lights On"