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 and VEGA. 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."