The Chicharones
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The Chicharones

Portland, Oregon, United States | INDIE

Portland, Oregon, United States | INDIE
Band Hip Hop Comedy


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"Chicharones - Greasy and oh so Tasty"

“(2006 album) When Pigs Fly could go down as one of the year's best indie-rap albums, local or otherwise.”

"The Simon & Garfunkel of rap music" - Georgia Straight

"YES! Finally."

Gorillaz have gotten all the press for their version of cartoon rap, but the Chicharones have a similarly tongue-in-cheek public persona based around a pair of comic-strip pigs who appear on all their album covers. Behind the scenes, the Chicharones are Canadian rappers Josh Martinez and Sleep, working in tandem with producer Plan G to create a larger than life, cartoony version of old school rap that looks back at the heyday of De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest, complete with the same level of in-jokes and private mythologies. Their second full-length album, When Pigs Fly, builds on the strengths of 2003's Boss Hogs by both committing to the joke more fully (see the giggly "Pork Rind Discotheque" and "Surf Rock") and opening up a bit to allow for more reflective material like the deceptive satire of "Bully Bully" and the haunting, serious "Can't Find the Time." (That song, like the title track and two others, also appeared in different mixes on a taster EP called Pork Rind Disco.) Not just a goofy party record, but also a tuneful and catchy piece of mature hip-hop, When Pigs Fly didn't even make a ripple in the hip-hop mainstream, but it's one of 2005's most enjoyable releases. ~ Stewart Mason, All Music Guide - All Music Guide


2009 - Swine Country
2007 - Live in Bozeman, MT
2005 When Pigs Fly

2005 Pork Rind Disco
2003 Boss Hogs



Impossible! Flying pigs fill the sky. Cheap tequila is swilled in bars and discos around the globe in celebration. The Chicharones, composed of Sleep of Oldominion and Josh Martinez, have kept fans, tour action, sales, and respect during a 3 year group hiatus, between solo releases. Since releasing their last album When Pigs Fly (Camobear Records 2006), they have toured the world ten times over, collaborated with the who�s who of underground pop, released solo albums and become international celebrities. Back together, after a messy break up, the bromance is on and popping and at long last, the great Chicharones have returned!

Much has happened in the three years since their last release �When Pigs Fly�.

Josh Martinez has been on the moustache ride of his life. Never easy to categorize, The People�s Champ is one of the most diverse artists in the music game, surpassing the limitations of indie hip hop by pursuing an �innovative and entirely unique hybrid of clever pop melodies and intelligent, layered songwriting that borrows from everywhere and sounds like nothing else.� (Spin) Having sold 100,000 copies of his ten album body of work, �Martinez brand of music is instantly identifiable and entirely unique.� � (Exclaim) Coming off a life and death battle with life and death, Martinez has produced a musical masterpiece called The World Famous Sex Buffet (Camobear Records 2008), starring Devin The Dude, Classified, Mother Mother, Moka Only and Pigeon John. With 5 videos, a radio and press campaign, and chart topping successes in Canada, France and Japan, finally, the world is spreading its legs for the People�s Champ.

Sleep, bottomless coffee mug in hand, has not slept in months to produce his Sage Francis-infused, return-to-darkness opus, Hesitation Wounds. With Sleep�s Christopher (Up Above Records 2007) selling in excess of 25,000 copies, Sleep has carved himself a special place in the minds of hip hoppers who want their music with heart. After a breakout project with reggae legend Zelly Rock, Combination Locked (Camobear Records 2008), Sleep has gone all out and produced a masterful opus, written with his characteristically brilliant cadences, sweetheart rhymes and every man observations over blazing future music soundscapes. His new album Hesitation Wounds will be released by Strange Famous Records in spring 2009 and will bring Sleep a whole new level of exposure.

The Chicharones have toured the world together, solo and with live bands, and learned countless new tricks along the road. From Sleep�s magic tricks and quick change routines, to Martinez�s beer balancing and hi kicking Elvis dance moves, they are taking over the world with their insanely energetic live shows. A bash your brains, get drunk, cheer, scream and screwfest, a Chicharones show is a need-to-be-seen-to-be-believed extravaganza. Never asking the audience to make noise, nor demand a crowd�s hands in the air, these fake-mustachioed amigos use comedy, high kicks, pitch-perfect harmonies and costume changes to leave audiences in an ecstatic Beatles-esque furor. These banditos have become hip hop legends by converting every crowd from awkward rangy newbies, into diehard fans.

Swine Country, a brand new EP of legendary songs, is a definitive statement of explosive growth for a duo at the absolute peak of their creative powers. These are songs inspired by James Dean, heist movies, broken hearts and sweet, sweet revenge. They are also part of the larger, genre-bending hip hop musical Sow Side Story, a hip hop musical, more greasy than Grease, more graceful than your grandmother, slated for summer 09 release. Swine Country is host to doo wop harmonies, adult-rated Dr. Seuss rhymes and the incredible interplay between two of rap�s finest, most accomplished artists. Swine Country is Pharcyde meets Dick Dale, Kurt Kobain meets Frankie Lymon. It�s fedora wearing hip hop music with the swagger of rebellion, and all the tenderness of a mother�s touch. Get down and dirty. You�ll thanks us for it later.