So what is it that makes CHAPPO unique? Is it the feathers worn on the shoulder and an occasional flute solo? Could it be the sequins on the amps? I suppose those things are all part of it. A better answer, however, would be that CHAPPO are, simply put, a very good band. Frontman Alex Chappo sings like a less tender Neil Young over the incredibly tight musical performances of keyboardist Chris Olson, guitarist Dave Feddock, and drummer Zac Colwell. And their sound certainly isn’t constrained to the characteristics of “space rock,” but also features elements of classic rock, pop, psychedelia, and western. There’s just no replacement for playing original music well. Not even a flock-load of shoulder feathers.
Earlier this year, CHAPPO released Moonwater through Majordomo Records, and they were kind enough to stop by Indianapolis’s Do317 lounge and share with us three songs from it. “Shots Fired” is a fast-paced, dance floor worthy tune, while “M.O.O.N. Water,” the album’s title track rocks steady in an almost classic rock fashion. Different still is “Native Savage,” a tune cleverly molded from Native American traditionals. In just three songs, it seems they managed to give a little something to everybody. Impressive, indeed. And undoubtedly unique.
CHAPPO x LaundroMatinee (Live @ Do317 Lounge)
Filmed and Edited by Doug Fellegy & Kaitrin Higbee
Recorded by Jeff DuPont & Spencer Hooks
Mixed by Jeff DuPont
Written by Gerard Pannekoek