Music

come dance (or cry) to new Chris Farren

January 15, 2020

On his latest album, Born Hot, Chris Farren paired polished, upbeat pop songs with lyrics illustrating feelings of self-examination and insecurity, all while developing a newfound sense of humor when it came to promoting himself. Today, as he prepares to kick off his headlining tour tonight in San Francisco, Farren shares a new song called “Phantom Friend” that expands his sonic palate even further, tapping into cleaner sounds prevalent among soft rock groups of the late 70s / early 80s.


With lyrics that define what it feels like to succumb to the growing apathy surrounding miscommunication between two people, “Phantom Friend” is another exciting look at what makes Farren so unique in today’s ever-evolving pop landscape.

“Phantom Friend” is out everywhere today: https://smarturl.it/phantom-friend

“I’ve been listening to a lot of Destroyer and Belle & Sebastian, and I think that’s pretty clear in this one. Not like, ILLEGALLY clear but I can certainly hear the influence,” Chris explains. “I’m usually pretty burned out on writing after I release records, but this just kind of came out of me almost fully formed. My friend Jenny Owen Youngs came over at the eleventh hour and helped me fix some parts that weren’t 100%, and then Stevie from Adult Mom added some really great harmonies. And dang Jack Shirley (Jeff Rosenstock, Deafheaven) mastered it!”

“Also, there was a cricket in my studio when I was recording it so I had to mix out a lot of chirping. I can’t find the cricket and it’s still in there. Help!”

Through all the antics and humor, including his exuberant live show and the wildly creative music videos for “Love Theme From Born Hot” and “Search 4 Me,” Chris Farren has delivered a clear message to his fans and listeners with his sophomore album Born Hot; “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.’”

Born Hot is available now via Polyvinyl Record Co. You can buy physical copies and merch here, or you can stream it wherever you want to stream it here.

watch the video for "Search 4 Me" below:

watch the video for "Love Theme From Born Hot" below:

Tonight Chris Farren kicks off his Born Hot headlining tour in San Francisco at Bottom Of The Hill, alongside Retirement Party and Macseal. Immediately following its wrap later in February, Chris will head overseas for a headlining run throughout the UK.

with Retirement Party and Macseal:
01/15 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
01/17 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
01/18 - Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project
01/20 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
01/21 - Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
01/23 - Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
01/24 - Detroit, MI @ Sanctuary
01/25 - Toronto, ON @ Monarch
01/27 - Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s Locker Room
01/28 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr Roboto Project
01/30 - Somerville, MA @ ONCE Ballroom
02/01 - Philadelphia, PA @ Everybody Hits
02/03 - Washington, DC @ Songbyrd
02/04 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle Back Room
02/06 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade - Purgatory
02/07 - Orlando, FL @ Will’s
02/08 - Tampa, FL @ Hooch and Hive
02/10 - Dallas, TX @ Ruins
02/11 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk
02/13 - Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
02/15 - Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge

02/24 - Brighton, UK @ Hope and Ruin
02/25 - Bristol, UK @ Exchange Basement
02/26 - Birmingham, UK @ The Victoria
02/27 - Newport, UK @ Le Pub
02/28 - London, UK @ Old Blue Last
02/29 - Manchester, UK @ Gullivers
03/01 - Glasgow, UK @ Hug and Pint
03/02 - Liverpool, UK @ Sound Basement
03/03 - Kingston, UK @ The Fighting Cocks

photo by Erica Laure

Music

come dance (or cry) to new Chris Farren

January 15, 2020

On his latest album, Born Hot, Chris Farren paired polished, upbeat pop songs with lyrics illustrating feelings of self-examination and insecurity, all while developing a newfound sense of humor when it came to promoting himself. Today, as he prepares to kick off his headlining tour tonight in San Francisco, Farren shares a new song called “Phantom Friend” that expands his sonic palate even further, tapping into cleaner sounds prevalent among soft rock groups of the late 70s / early 80s.


With lyrics that define what it feels like to succumb to the growing apathy surrounding miscommunication between two people, “Phantom Friend” is another exciting look at what makes Farren so unique in today’s ever-evolving pop landscape.

“Phantom Friend” is out everywhere today: https://smarturl.it/phantom-friend

“I’ve been listening to a lot of Destroyer and Belle & Sebastian, and I think that’s pretty clear in this one. Not like, ILLEGALLY clear but I can certainly hear the influence,” Chris explains. “I’m usually pretty burned out on writing after I release records, but this just kind of came out of me almost fully formed. My friend Jenny Owen Youngs came over at the eleventh hour and helped me fix some parts that weren’t 100%, and then Stevie from Adult Mom added some really great harmonies. And dang Jack Shirley (Jeff Rosenstock, Deafheaven) mastered it!”

“Also, there was a cricket in my studio when I was recording it so I had to mix out a lot of chirping. I can’t find the cricket and it’s still in there. Help!”

Through all the antics and humor, including his exuberant live show and the wildly creative music videos for “Love Theme From Born Hot” and “Search 4 Me,” Chris Farren has delivered a clear message to his fans and listeners with his sophomore album Born Hot; “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.’”

Born Hot is available now via Polyvinyl Record Co. You can buy physical copies and merch here, or you can stream it wherever you want to stream it here.

watch the video for "Search 4 Me" below:

watch the video for "Love Theme From Born Hot" below:

Tonight Chris Farren kicks off his Born Hot headlining tour in San Francisco at Bottom Of The Hill, alongside Retirement Party and Macseal. Immediately following its wrap later in February, Chris will head overseas for a headlining run throughout the UK.

with Retirement Party and Macseal:
01/15 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
01/17 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
01/18 - Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project
01/20 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
01/21 - Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
01/23 - Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
01/24 - Detroit, MI @ Sanctuary
01/25 - Toronto, ON @ Monarch
01/27 - Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s Locker Room
01/28 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr Roboto Project
01/30 - Somerville, MA @ ONCE Ballroom
02/01 - Philadelphia, PA @ Everybody Hits
02/03 - Washington, DC @ Songbyrd
02/04 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle Back Room
02/06 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade - Purgatory
02/07 - Orlando, FL @ Will’s
02/08 - Tampa, FL @ Hooch and Hive
02/10 - Dallas, TX @ Ruins
02/11 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk
02/13 - Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
02/15 - Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge

02/24 - Brighton, UK @ Hope and Ruin
02/25 - Bristol, UK @ Exchange Basement
02/26 - Birmingham, UK @ The Victoria
02/27 - Newport, UK @ Le Pub
02/28 - London, UK @ Old Blue Last
02/29 - Manchester, UK @ Gullivers
03/01 - Glasgow, UK @ Hug and Pint
03/02 - Liverpool, UK @ Sound Basement
03/03 - Kingston, UK @ The Fighting Cocks

photo by Erica Laure

Music

come dance (or cry) to new Chris Farren

January 15, 2020

On his latest album, Born Hot, Chris Farren paired polished, upbeat pop songs with lyrics illustrating feelings of self-examination and insecurity, all while developing a newfound sense of humor when it came to promoting himself. Today, as he prepares to kick off his headlining tour tonight in San Francisco, Farren shares a new song called “Phantom Friend” that expands his sonic palate even further, tapping into cleaner sounds prevalent among soft rock groups of the late 70s / early 80s.


With lyrics that define what it feels like to succumb to the growing apathy surrounding miscommunication between two people, “Phantom Friend” is another exciting look at what makes Farren so unique in today’s ever-evolving pop landscape.

“Phantom Friend” is out everywhere today: https://smarturl.it/phantom-friend

“I’ve been listening to a lot of Destroyer and Belle & Sebastian, and I think that’s pretty clear in this one. Not like, ILLEGALLY clear but I can certainly hear the influence,” Chris explains. “I’m usually pretty burned out on writing after I release records, but this just kind of came out of me almost fully formed. My friend Jenny Owen Youngs came over at the eleventh hour and helped me fix some parts that weren’t 100%, and then Stevie from Adult Mom added some really great harmonies. And dang Jack Shirley (Jeff Rosenstock, Deafheaven) mastered it!”

“Also, there was a cricket in my studio when I was recording it so I had to mix out a lot of chirping. I can’t find the cricket and it’s still in there. Help!”

Through all the antics and humor, including his exuberant live show and the wildly creative music videos for “Love Theme From Born Hot” and “Search 4 Me,” Chris Farren has delivered a clear message to his fans and listeners with his sophomore album Born Hot; “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.’”

Born Hot is available now via Polyvinyl Record Co. You can buy physical copies and merch here, or you can stream it wherever you want to stream it here.

watch the video for "Search 4 Me" below:

watch the video for "Love Theme From Born Hot" below:

Tonight Chris Farren kicks off his Born Hot headlining tour in San Francisco at Bottom Of The Hill, alongside Retirement Party and Macseal. Immediately following its wrap later in February, Chris will head overseas for a headlining run throughout the UK.

with Retirement Party and Macseal:
01/15 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
01/17 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
01/18 - Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project
01/20 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
01/21 - Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
01/23 - Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
01/24 - Detroit, MI @ Sanctuary
01/25 - Toronto, ON @ Monarch
01/27 - Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s Locker Room
01/28 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr Roboto Project
01/30 - Somerville, MA @ ONCE Ballroom
02/01 - Philadelphia, PA @ Everybody Hits
02/03 - Washington, DC @ Songbyrd
02/04 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle Back Room
02/06 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade - Purgatory
02/07 - Orlando, FL @ Will’s
02/08 - Tampa, FL @ Hooch and Hive
02/10 - Dallas, TX @ Ruins
02/11 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk
02/13 - Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
02/15 - Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge

02/24 - Brighton, UK @ Hope and Ruin
02/25 - Bristol, UK @ Exchange Basement
02/26 - Birmingham, UK @ The Victoria
02/27 - Newport, UK @ Le Pub
02/28 - London, UK @ Old Blue Last
02/29 - Manchester, UK @ Gullivers
03/01 - Glasgow, UK @ Hug and Pint
03/02 - Liverpool, UK @ Sound Basement
03/03 - Kingston, UK @ The Fighting Cocks

photo by Erica Laure