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Chris Farren releases new song "Surrender" featuring guest vox from Adult Mom

September 12, 2019
photo by Erica Lauren


For the last month, a billboard featuring a crudely-drawn self portrait of Chris Farren adorned the top of a building on one of the busiest streets in Los Angeles. In giant letters read a phone number: 1-810-BORN-HOT. It was a tongue-in-cheek approach to announcing the upcoming release of Farren’s new album, Born Hot, as well as giving fans a preview of the album’s first single in lieu of hold music. It’s this sensitive-goofball dichotomy that has become the true signature of Chris Farren, extending into his exuberant live show and just about everything else, too.

But elsewhere on Born Hot, Farren shifts from exacting introspection to more outward reflection, exploring life-changing matters with an undeniable sincerity, and it may be on its best display on his newly-released single “Surrender.” Streaming everywhere today, “Surrender” has been a consistent favorite amongst anyone whose gotten an early listen of Born Hot, and for good reason.

"Surrender is about the end of a friendship and that weird uncertainty surrounding it. When you're close to someone but don't feel quite close enough to really open up and work things out," Chris explains of the new track. "It also has my really great friend Steph from Adult Mom on it!"


Why do I feel out of place in my own outer space? 


It’s something that Chris Farren has spent much of his life trying to understand, and although his new album Born Hot may not fully answer the question, it ultimately nudges the listener towards a greater self-acceptance––or, at the very least, a more pronounced patience with their own messy feelings. Recorded on his own in his L.A. home, Born Hot finds Farren putting his inventive spin on classic power-pop, with flashes of folk, punk, and even ‘50s doo-wop.


Born Hot marks Chris’ first album since his 2016 debut Can’t Die, and it’s also his first for esteemed independent label Polyvinyl Record Co., home to bands and artists like Alvvays, Vivian Girls, Jay Som, and his unstoppable indie-rock project with longtime friend and collaborator Jeff Rosenstock, Antarctigo Vespucci.


Last month, Chris released what is quite possibly one of the greatest music videos of all time for his lead single, “Search 4 Me.” Produced and directed by Clay Tatum, “Search 4 Me” stars Chris as owner of the internet-famous #ResistCat, and features guest appearances from Johnny Pemberton, Laura Jane Grace (Against Me!), Jeff Rosenstock, and more.

photo by Erica Lauren



“In my lyrics there’s so much self-examination that teeters on self-loathing, and I like to juxtapose that with an aesthetic that’s completely the opposite,” says Farren. “It’s a defense mechanism, because I feel embarrassed talking about my feelings so very plainly, but at the same time I also just find the idea of having that much self-confidence really funny.”

 

All laughs aside, though, Born Hot is a clear message to his fans and listeners–– “I just want people to feel good, like they’re understood or less alone, because that’s what the music I love does for me. I want people to come away feeling like, ‘Oh good—I’m not the only one who feels like this.’”

Music

Chris Farren releases new song "Surrender" featuring guest vox from Adult Mom

September 12, 2019
photo by Erica Lauren


For the last month, a billboard featuring a crudely-drawn self portrait of Chris Farren adorned the top of a building on one of the busiest streets in Los Angeles. In giant letters read a phone number: 1-810-BORN-HOT. It was a tongue-in-cheek approach to announcing the upcoming release of Farren’s new album, Born Hot, as well as giving fans a preview of the album’s first single in lieu of hold music. It’s this sensitive-goofball dichotomy that has become the true signature of Chris Farren, extending into his exuberant live show and just about everything else, too.

But elsewhere on Born Hot, Farren shifts from exacting introspection to more outward reflection, exploring life-changing matters with an undeniable sincerity, and it may be on its best display on his newly-released single “Surrender.” Streaming everywhere today, “Surrender” has been a consistent favorite amongst anyone whose gotten an early listen of Born Hot, and for good reason.

"Surrender is about the end of a friendship and that weird uncertainty surrounding it. When you're close to someone but don't feel quite close enough to really open up and work things out," Chris explains of the new track. "It also has my really great friend Steph from Adult Mom on it!"


Why do I feel out of place in my own outer space? 


It’s something that Chris Farren has spent much of his life trying to understand, and although his new album Born Hot may not fully answer the question, it ultimately nudges the listener towards a greater self-acceptance––or, at the very least, a more pronounced patience with their own messy feelings. Recorded on his own in his L.A. home, Born Hot finds Farren putting his inventive spin on classic power-pop, with flashes of folk, punk, and even ‘50s doo-wop.


Born Hot marks Chris’ first album since his 2016 debut Can’t Die, and it’s also his first for esteemed independent label Polyvinyl Record Co., home to bands and artists like Alvvays, Vivian Girls, Jay Som, and his unstoppable indie-rock project with longtime friend and collaborator Jeff Rosenstock, Antarctigo Vespucci.


Last month, Chris released what is quite possibly one of the greatest music videos of all time for his lead single, “Search 4 Me.” Produced and directed by Clay Tatum, “Search 4 Me” stars Chris as owner of the internet-famous #ResistCat, and features guest appearances from Johnny Pemberton, Laura Jane Grace (Against Me!), Jeff Rosenstock, and more.

photo by Erica Lauren



“In my lyrics there’s so much self-examination that teeters on self-loathing, and I like to juxtapose that with an aesthetic that’s completely the opposite,” says Farren. “It’s a defense mechanism, because I feel embarrassed talking about my feelings so very plainly, but at the same time I also just find the idea of having that much self-confidence really funny.”

 

All laughs aside, though, Born Hot is a clear message to his fans and listeners–– “I just want people to feel good, like they’re understood or less alone, because that’s what the music I love does for me. I want people to come away feeling like, ‘Oh good—I’m not the only one who feels like this.’”

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Chris Farren releases new song "Surrender" featuring guest vox from Adult Mom

October 21, 2019
photo by Erica Lauren


For the last month, a billboard featuring a crudely-drawn self portrait of Chris Farren adorned the top of a building on one of the busiest streets in Los Angeles. In giant letters read a phone number: 1-810-BORN-HOT. It was a tongue-in-cheek approach to announcing the upcoming release of Farren’s new album, Born Hot, as well as giving fans a preview of the album’s first single in lieu of hold music. It’s this sensitive-goofball dichotomy that has become the true signature of Chris Farren, extending into his exuberant live show and just about everything else, too.

But elsewhere on Born Hot, Farren shifts from exacting introspection to more outward reflection, exploring life-changing matters with an undeniable sincerity, and it may be on its best display on his newly-released single “Surrender.” Streaming everywhere today, “Surrender” has been a consistent favorite amongst anyone whose gotten an early listen of Born Hot, and for good reason.

"Surrender is about the end of a friendship and that weird uncertainty surrounding it. When you're close to someone but don't feel quite close enough to really open up and work things out," Chris explains of the new track. "It also has my really great friend Steph from Adult Mom on it!"


Why do I feel out of place in my own outer space? 


It’s something that Chris Farren has spent much of his life trying to understand, and although his new album Born Hot may not fully answer the question, it ultimately nudges the listener towards a greater self-acceptance––or, at the very least, a more pronounced patience with their own messy feelings. Recorded on his own in his L.A. home, Born Hot finds Farren putting his inventive spin on classic power-pop, with flashes of folk, punk, and even ‘50s doo-wop.


Born Hot marks Chris’ first album since his 2016 debut Can’t Die, and it’s also his first for esteemed independent label Polyvinyl Record Co., home to bands and artists like Alvvays, Vivian Girls, Jay Som, and his unstoppable indie-rock project with longtime friend and collaborator Jeff Rosenstock, Antarctigo Vespucci.


Last month, Chris released what is quite possibly one of the greatest music videos of all time for his lead single, “Search 4 Me.” Produced and directed by Clay Tatum, “Search 4 Me” stars Chris as owner of the internet-famous #ResistCat, and features guest appearances from Johnny Pemberton, Laura Jane Grace (Against Me!), Jeff Rosenstock, and more.

photo by Erica Lauren



“In my lyrics there’s so much self-examination that teeters on self-loathing, and I like to juxtapose that with an aesthetic that’s completely the opposite,” says Farren. “It’s a defense mechanism, because I feel embarrassed talking about my feelings so very plainly, but at the same time I also just find the idea of having that much self-confidence really funny.”

 

All laughs aside, though, Born Hot is a clear message to his fans and listeners–– “I just want people to feel good, like they’re understood or less alone, because that’s what the music I love does for me. I want people to come away feeling like, ‘Oh good—I’m not the only one who feels like this.’”