Alex Chappo, Chris Olson, Zac Colwell, and Dave Feddock came together in Manhattan in 2007 to create Chappo. The latest album by the band is Moonwater and the band has been traveling across the country to showcase their new work. The band warmed up the stage for White Arrows in the cozy indoor stage of Stubbs BBQ on Jan. 30th, 2015. Chappo set up a psychedelic vibe to prepare the audience for the complete trip White Arrows would provide.
Seeing Alex Chappo perform is an entertaining event. The psychedelic dessert-gypsy vibe the band puts on made me believe the band is exactly what you would hear if you ever found yourself trapped in a desert. With the feathered jacket and his high-pitched yells found in various songs, Alex was the eagle flying over you.
The two songs that connected with the crowd the most were I’m Not Ready and the closing song, Come Home. Both songs are fast driven and have Alex Chappo providing Mick Jagger-like yells and will transport your mentality to a warm summer in an Arizona desert. While most of the crowd was young females who bought tickets to see White Arrows, Chappo seemed to capture their heart as well.
Chappo kept the show more interesting with these glitter tubes that released confetti when flung. There was about twenty and he did not use them sparingly and even tossed a few into the crowd.
The show ended with Come Home where Alex Chappo climbed down to the crowd, sang atop the shoulders of an audience member, and climbed the pipes on the low ceiling. The sound management of Stubbs didn’t take too kindly of this and interrupted the music and announced over the venue speakers, “please climb off or we’ll cut the music, that’s not cool man.” Alex seemed to have some difficulty getting down but after getting assistance kept going on with the song and like a true rockstar, it did not seem to phase him at all. He finished the set on stage with more confetti throwing.
While the show had intense energy and ever song was buzzing, when I got home and listened to Chappo some more... I noticed the songs on their Spotify do not do the live performance justice. The online songs seemed to be dry and lacked the spark that was felt when listening to them live. Hopefully with their upcoming albums Chappo will be able to transfer the intensity of their live performances into their recorded album.
The band is continuing to tour and providing a great show wherever they play and have been releasing EP’s on their Facebook page. Their music seems to have the same sound but fortunately it's a great sound. To get hooked on this gypsy band, start off with Come Home, Sunblades, and I’m Not Ready.