Botanica Chango are getting ready to release their debut album. It's called Britney, and it'll be released on vinyl and in digital formats on Nov. 4. The band has been working on it for more than a year, and ended up tracking the songs in three different locations. In a phone interview, guitarist and keyboardist Tyler French says there wasn't much of a plan when they went into it—just a lot of enthusiasm.
"We've been working on this one for about 13 months or so," he says. "After we had our first set of songs there was a lot of excitement, and we wanted to get them tracked. A lot of the parts were then written in the studio."
Over the course of the 13 months that the band worked on the album, the songs began to change and become more fleshed out, with new parts being added during the process. As a result, French says, the album ended up sounding considerably different than how it started off.
"When we started out, we used a drum machine, and it was a little more up-tempo," he says. "It had a little more of a dancey vibe, I guess, and it ended up having more of a rollercoaster-type feel—build ups, drop outs, psychedelic changes."
French, vocalist Carlos Valente, keyboardist Sean Davenport, percussionist Josh Becker, drummer Michael Alan Hams and bass player Bobby Roquero have lined up a special record release show for Britney on Nov. 4 at The Irenic in North Park. The show will also feature performances by Gary Wilson and the Blind Dates, Bit Maps and Dani Bell and the Tarantist. Additionally, French says the release party will include a "flashlight show," in which part of the performance will be lit only by audience members holding flashlights. And French says that there are some other things planned that the band isn't yet ready to reveal.
"There's going to be some fun little surprises," he says. "It'll be more like a circus than a rock 'n' roll show."