Chromeo flaunts ambitious ‘White Women’ 

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  • Electrofunk duo Chromeo, playing The Independent this week, is enjoying its biggest success yet. The Canadian pair is about to release its new LP, “White Women.”
Canadian electrofunk duo Chromeo is returning to its stomping grounds.

The outfit’s sold-out show at The Independent on Saturday, supporting the upcoming LP “White Women,” marks the perfect chance to see the weirded-out 21st-century Hall & Oates. The duo, bigger than it has ever been in its 10-year career, will also appear on the main stage of Coachella, sharing the same stage as Outkast, this month.

“I don’t want to brag but there’s a bigger buzz on this record than any other record,” David Macklovitch says. “Tickets sold faster for this tour and all our metrics are higher than ever. The press pickup we’ve gotten — I just, I mean, hard work pays off.”

When Chromeo started in 2004, Macklovitch (Dave 1) and best friend Patrick Gemayel (P-Thugg) were considered far-left field indie weirdos.

“She’s In Control” (2004) was like experimental ’80s pop with burping little synth riffs, vocoder and, what then was considered pretty corny, funk guitar flourishes. The synth stands were fashioned to look like a pair of women’s legs. It was a tongue-in-cheek, sexy kind of fun.

Jump to 2013, with Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” and a full-blown disco-funk revival.

Dave 1 and P-Thugg’s “Fancy Footwork” from 2007, and “Business Casual” from 2010 (which cracked the Billboard 200 at No. 70) now sound prophetic.

“White Women,” coming out May 12, is Chromeo at its most meticulous, says Dave 1. It also features guests like Berkeley breakout artist Toro y Moi and Ezra Koenig from Vampire Weekend.

“With Chromeo, the thing people don’t know is, our music is not that serious, but we’re very hard on ourselves. I really felt like we needed to improve on this album and the live show needed to improve as well,” he says.

“It’s a more ambitious record. The M.O. was simple. Whatever time we spent previously, we were going to spend four times as much this time,” he says. “We did three versions of [the single] ‘Jealous.’”

Longtime fans can expect a completely revamped live show in The City, which is one of Chromeo’s second homes.

“San Francisco is the only city — aside from New York — in America where I would live,” he says. “We love that town and we always stay a couple days just ’cause it’s so fun.”



With Tokimonsta

Where: The Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.

When: 9 p.m. Saturday

Tickets: $35 (sold out)

Contact: (415) 771-1421,



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