Chris Farren announces new album, Born Hot, out 10/11 + watch
Chris Farren announces new album, Born Hot, out 10/11 + watch "Search 4 Me” official music video
Posted 08/13/2019

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.

Born Hot marks Chris’ Polyvinyl debut, arriving worldwide October 11th. Forever THE sensitive-goofball, Farren went full-on tongue-in-cheek in choosing the title and cover art – a crudely drawn self-portrait that captures him lounging shirtless, looking every bit the ’70s-pop Lothario. Self- recorded in his L.A. home, Born Hot finds Chris putting his inventive spin on classic power-pop, with flashes of folk, punk, and even ‘50s doo-wop.

Born Hot-summer begins with first single "Search 4 Me," accompanied by one of the greatest music videos of all time. Produced and directed by Clay Tatum, “Search 4 Me” stars Chris as owner of the internet-famous #ResistCat, and features guest appearances from comedian Johnny Pemberton, Laura Jane Grace (Against Me!), Jeff Rosenstock, and more –

“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.”

Elsewhere on Born Hot, Farren shifts from exacting introspection to more outward reflection, exploring life-changing matters like the recent death of his father-in-law and his wife’s experience of the ensuing grief. In each moment on the album, he instills his lyrics with the resolute sincerity he’s embraced since immersing himself in songwriting at the age of 17. And the result 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.’”

Pre-order your copy of Born Hot now from the Polyvinyl Store – grip a limited edition hand numbered Test Pressing (10% of proceeds donated to RAINN), or a 180-Gram Red/Yellow Mix Early Bird. And for the love of all that is holy check out the merch offering of the century (Born Hot color-changing mug, pot holder, apron, oven mitt, Chris pillow, etc.) and we are sorry in advance for burning through your entire paycheck.

So very soon Chris Farren will hit the road with Free Throw, Youth Fountain, and Macseal. Do not miss his exuberant live show, featuring a solo performance in which he plays to live-recorded backing tracks while projecting intentionally wacky visuals (his own face duplicated thousands of times, text that reads “ANOTHER PERFECT SET” at the end of each closing song). Tickets onsale now.

  • 08/23 - Dallas, TX @ Ruins #
  • 08/24 - Houston, TX @ The Secret Group #
  • 08/25 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk #
  • 08/27 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Underground #
  • 08/28 - San Diego, CA @ Ché Café #
  • 08/29 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Hi Hat #
  • 08/30 - Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver #
  • 08/31 - Berkeley, CA @ Cornerstone #
  • 09/02 - Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project #
  • 09/03 - Portland, OR @ Paris Theatre #
  • 09/05 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court #
  • 09/06 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater #
  • 09/07 - Kansas City, MO @ The Rino #
  • 09/08 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry #
  • 09/10 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon #
  • 09/11 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean #
  • 09/12 - Ferndale, MI @ Loving Touch #
  • 09/13 - Cleveland, OH @ The Foundry #
  • 09/14 - Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dee's #
  • 09/15 - Buffalo, NY @ Rec Room #
  • 09/17 - Boston, MA @ Great Scott #
  • 09/18 - Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA #
  • 09/19 - Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory #
  • 09/20 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Park Brewery #
  • 09/21 - Washington, DC @ Songbyrd #
  • 09/22 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle - Back Room #
  • 09/23 - Jacksonville, FL @ Nighthawks #
  • 09/24 - Tampa, FL @ Crowbar #
  • 09/25 - Orlando, FL @ Sound Bar #
  • 09/27 - Atlanta, GA @ Purgatory @ Masquerade #
  • 09/28 - Nashville, TN @ The High Watt #

# w/ Free Throw, Youth Fountain, Macseal