On Monday, August 15, Chappo will digitally release their second EP "Plastique Universe II: Pisces Princess", finally satisfying our ear buds since their release last year, when the debut "Plastique Universe", gained some commercial recognition when IPod Touch featured the single "Come Home" in a TV advertisement. The record is a concept EP telling the story of a far away ocean love affair between a caped shape shifter and an underwater siren and it was recorded to tape on an (ancient) TASCAM 388 tape recorder in four days. Chappo creates an original brand of psychedelic-garage-pop-rock, engaging audiences with fun live performances - as we witnessed last year at our Deli CMJ show at Spike Hill. Whether in a red cape and military jacket, as Alex & Chris in the “Come Home” video, or outfitted in sequins at The Studio at Webster Hall, Chappo is consistently appealing and differentiates their band by creating a very entertaining "cosmic music experience”. Rumors anticipate the Chappo full-length album later this year. - Gina Alioto
"Uptempo" and "Pop" are by themselves two concepts that - in the business of being an indie band - can take you quite far; but if on top of that you add to the equation also comparisons to The Smiths, then the hype can get out of control. Brooklyn's Drowners have more than one similarity with Morrisey's act, and although they will surely feel belittled by such comparison, they should not, because no artists really managed to be The Smiths' worthy musical heir yet (like, for example, XTC were for The Beatles, Robin Hitchcock for Syd Barrett, and The Strokes for Lou Reed - uhm, maybe...).
The band's 3 songs debut EP features the remarkable single "Between Us Girls" (streaming below) which immediately throws us back to the days of "Meat is Murder," with the electric guitar alternating between jangly parts and arpeggios, and Welsh frontman Matt Hitt singing semi-melancholically about some girls' hair length - rather than about how big they are... The edge is slightly punkier, while the songwriting reveals an almost clinical concision (the song clocks in just under 2 minutes, with the first chorus coming in after 26" - A&R allergic to intros will dig that).
The second song, "You've Got it All Wrong," beats a similar musical path, tackling the infinite well of inspiration that (for Brits) is life at the pub, with the difference of a slower bridge, which acts as a breather for the final chorus. Final track "A Shell Across the Tongue" is the punkier of the bunch, but also the one with the least memorable melody.
This is obviously a band with enormous songwriting potential. If they'll manage to write songs as good as these and integrate their influences in a more mature and personal sound, the world can be theirs. - PDG