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Chappo Rocks Bottom Lounge Tomorrow Night

By Michelle Meywes Kopeny in Arts & Entertainment on Dec 7, 2012 8:00PM


Chappo, like many hip indie bands, got their break when their song “Come Home” appeared in an iPod commercial (a song which has been recently revived by a Sears ad campaign). The young, fledgling band only had an EP at the time, and in a Spinner interview from 2010, they talk about how they almost didn’t reply to Apple’s email inquiry because they thought it was spam.

The Brooklyn group finally released their debut full length this spring, but Moonwater isn’t all dance and cheer like you might expect from the upbeat single that put them on the map. Recorded at a home studio in Vermont, the LP at times is a love affair with 70’s space rock, while the rest of the album is an exploration of the many different styles of rock that came out of the same decade. Obvious fans of David Bowie (their original EP, Plastique Universe, was even a concept album “about time-traveling space bandits.”), the Thin White Duke definitely had an influence on songs like “What Are You Kids On” and “Hollywood.” On the track “Hell No” though, we get that familiar bright and catchy pop from “Come Home” (which, don’t worry, also appears on the album).

Chappo’s new video for the garagey glam song “5-0” is described by Director Noah Conopask as “fusing a 'Dazed and Confused' aesthetic with the movie 'Kids.'” Check it out for yourself below. And check out the band live tomorrow night at Bottom Lounge where they play with special guests Monogold and local groups The Ivorys and Save The Clocktower. Show begins at 9pm. Tickets are $10. (21+)