Brooklyn band CHAPPO (best known for their iPod commercial-featured single “Come Home”), has announced their sophomore LP, Future Former Self. Out March 4th, the record follows lead character Rene Cogito on his journey to a black hole, addressing the abstract concept of time and its infinite & fleeting nature. A kaleidoscope of unique and otherworldly sounds accompanies narrative lyrics, taking listeners along for an emotional and action-packed ride.
Listen: CHAPPO – “I Don’t Need The Sun”
Last night I went to see Chappo playing at a venue that I’d never been to, 6119. The name is also the address. My friend and I finally found it by the small logo on the door. “It doesn’t look open,” she said. “This is the loading door only, it says,” I explained. So, we took a stroll around the block to the other side of the building and alas, there was the entrance (though still quite hidden).
We went up some steps and there were two guys sitting there taking money and checking ID’s. I saw there was no credit card machine, so I asked, “Is this place cash only?” They said yeah, but there was an ATM upstairs. Perfect. “Is there alcohol up there?” “Yeah,” the guy laughed. Perfect. Okay, so we had enough cash to get us upstairs and then we could get more out of the ATM.
When we went upstairs, it was pretty cool. It was a long hallway with the stage at the end. We went to the bar and tried to figure out what to get to drink. The bartender described the place as a “glorified house party,” which I liked. After our first or second drinks, I noticed the ATM had no shine to it. It wasn’t plugged in. I asked our bartender friend if it was available. “It’s broken,” she said. Well, that ended our alcohol intake. Despite that, we had a really good time. One of the people working there told us that the place hasn’t been open for quite a year yet, but it’s set to shut down shop next month. Good thing we made it just in time! Someone bought the buildings on the block and so the venue will be looking for a new home.
Chappo was better than I expected. When I listened to their album, not many of the songs stuck with me, but hearing them live made me LOVE it. I also know the drummer from about 5 years ago when he played with a different band. He said that this show was a little bit different because it wasn’t really a “rock club” and there weren’t as many people as they’d had on other legs of the tour. Regardless, he assured me they’d play with the same amount of gusto. And gusto they had. Alex Chappo passed around a huge ass dreamcatcher and encouraged us to put our dreams in it, which was really cool. He also talked about stuff like ghosts and shapeshifters, which I thought was also really cool. Surprisingly, they played their hit “Come Home” three songs in. It may have surprised me, but I like the unpredictableness of it. Towards the end of the show, he asked us to stand around in a semi-circle where we all danced and clapped along.
I heard they’re working on a new album at the moment, too.
- Chappo Tour Dates (musicallyamusing.com)
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Photo Credit: Drew Reynolds
CHAPPO is pleased to announce a headline coast to coast tour of the United States this April. They are fresh off a busy 2012, which saw the release of their debut album Moonwater on Majordomo Records. They toured alongside indie luminaries Of Montreal, and played major festivals including Bonnaroo, Osheaga, Summerfest and Bunbury. Moonwater received notable praise from Pitchfork, “an excellently overstuffed garage-psych sound.” SPIN noted “nods to classic indie (Pixies, a dash of Grandaddy); with just enough psych-swirls to stay groovy.” “Come Home” maintained a spot on Sirius XM – Alt Nation’s top 18 for over 20 weeks.
The band recently released their new covers EP, Nothin’ To Sell You, reinterpreting songs by Jefferson Airplane, Beck, Kenny Rogers, and Caveman. The EP comes with a limited edition poster of original artwork by lead singer Alex Chappo. The illustration includes references to 5 famous paintings (try to guess which ones.)
Album Artwork Credit: Alex Chappo
STREAM Nothin’ to Sell You HERE.
CHAPPO – SPRING US TOUR 2013
- March 30 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory
- April 11 – Washington, DC – Black Cat**
- April 13 – Charlotte, NC – Evening Muse**
- April 15 – Atlanta, GA – Vinyl**
- April 16 – Athens, GA – New Earth (FREE)**
- April 17 – Birmingham, AL – Bottletree*
- April 18 – New Orleans, LA – Howlin Wolf*
- April 19 – Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon*
- April 20 – Austin, TX – The Parish
- April 24 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
- April 25 – Pioneertown, CA – Pappy & Harriet’s (FREE)
- April 26 – Los Angeles, CA – The Satellite
- April 27 – San Francisco, CA – Elbo Room
- April 28 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios (FREE)
- April 29 – Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern
- May 3 – Chicago, IL – Schubas
- May 4 – Indianapolis, IN – Do317 Lounge
- May 5 – Cincinnati, OH – MOTR Pub (FREE)
- May 6 – Pittsburgh, PA – 6119
- May 7 – Buffalo, NY – Tralf Music Hall
**with Dynasty Electric *with Prom Date
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Brooklyn four-piece CHAPPO, whose debut album Moonwater is out now on Majordomo/Shout!Factory, premiered the animated music video for their psychedelic-pop track “What Are You Kids On” yesterday via FilterMagazine.com. The video was created and directed by Kate Stryker and Lucas Millard of Bottomless Well Production.
Lead singer and guitarist Alex Chappo explains, “We worked with Lucus and Kate for our video for “Bodies Coasting” and we fell in love with their style. This song has a similar whimsical feeling. We wanted to use animation because the song surfs somewhere between the alpha waves of a dream and an exaggerated reality.”
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