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Last Minute Plans: CHAPPO At Subterranean

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Nov 18, 2014 7:00PM

CHAPPO, photo by Michael Williams

CHAPPO is a pretty weird band. Most folks know them through soundtracking a certain iPod commercial, and their albums are filled with similar catchy, psych-tinged melodies. Their forthcoming album, Future Former Self is another solid collection mixing hard-driven songs of guitar rock with spacier composition, slick with synthesizers and glistening textures. The album was set for release earlier this year but was delayed, so to keep folks satiated until it finally drops, CHAPPO is releasing the Celebrate EP next month.

So back to that "weird" comment we opened with. CHAPPO's records are polished affairs, but their live show are borderline freak-outs. The band twists and bends its songs into new shapes on stage, and the delivery of every song is based on a stage presence that seem driven by equal parts sugar overload and periodic electric shocks traveling across the floor of the stage. We're not going to lie, there are moments the group seems to veer out of control in a way that teeters above a sea of either certain embarrassment, soaring adventure or insight into a new and foreign dimension.

CHAPPO is in town to play Subterranean tonight with The Features, and while we can't tell you exactly what to expect we can promise that you won't be bored, and while you might feel uncomfortable from time to time the net result flowing from their live show is a pleasurable.

Tonight, Nov. 18 at Subterranean, 2011 W North, 8:30 p.m., $13.50 advance / $15 at the door, 17+