Chappo’s live show may feature confetti but there is more to the band than just glitter and snazzy outfits. Chappo offer a mystical and psychedelic-tinged rock with guitar riffs that are fun to get lost on.
Led by Alex Chappo, the band kicked off their set at Mercury Lounge with confetti and the fun didn’t stop there. The psych elements which would normally curse a band to the realms of the New Age hippies get grounded by tried and true rock structure. There’s a retro appeal to a band due in part to the strong guitar work of guitarist Dave Feddock.
More of the review and photos from the night after the jump
Things never get too slow with Chappo and instead the band deliver consistently engaging, with a touch of weird, upbeat rock tunes. With just a small catalog to work from, none of the songs sounded the same, which is always a good thing. Songs could be distinguished and moods could be felt. Chappo felt like an established band, with fully-formed ideas and a clear stylistic direction. It helps when you have two really strong elements in a band like Chappo’s vocals and Feddock’s riffs.
While not everyone was there for Chappo, the fans were open to the fun songs and easy-going spirit of Chappo. By the second half of the set which featured the lead single “What Are These Kids On?” from their debut album, Moonwater, Chappo really hit their stride.
Each song became a little more infectious and featured some strong hooks and great little moments. Songs like “Body
Coasting” and “M.O.O.N Water” were buoyant little jams. “Come Home” was the song that generated a lot of attention for Chappo and it’s easy to see why. The song has range, easily skirting between weird and clever while floating on urgent riffs.
Expect to hear plenty more from Chappo as they are set to release Moonwater on May 15, 2012. Chappo will also be at SXSW. You can also download “What Are These Kids On?” below.