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CHAPPO – Mad Magic

CHAPPO by Denny Renshaw

CHAPPO by Denny Renshaw

NYC indie rockers, CHAPPO make a brief return from outer of space to share with us the delightful video for their last single release, called ‘Mad Magic’.

The video has been directed and produced by Natalie Cleveland and features the three CHAPPO Sirens, Nicole Salm, Caitlin McKenna and Rawan Rihan.

CHAPPO explain of the video;

“The Mad Magic video was a collaboration with director Natalie Cleveland, whose prism photography was inspiration into the parallel universe of Future Former Self, playing with light auras and refraction she introduces three women as one who radiates across time and dances through alternate dimensions.”

Watch below:

‘Future Former Self’ was released on 22 January via Caroline International, and can be purchased from CHAPPO’s digital store, along with goodies such as signed vinyl and CDs, and T shirts.

Sounds like: Arcade Fire, Of Montreal, Big Data, Imagine Dragons, The Flaming Lips, The Rolling Stones

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Landon Williams – Tonight

Landon Williams

Landon Williams

A debut from another talented male singer. The boys are giving the girls are running for their money at the moment.

This time it’s the funky ‘Tonight’ from Landon Williams, which was produced and co-written by PJ Bianco (Demi Lovato, LP, Nick Jonas).

Landon (who was brought up on a cattle ranch, of all places) likes to combine old school influences (Van MorrisonMarvin Gaye, The Rolling Stones, John Mayer) with contemporary vibes.

Of the track, Landon says, ‘Tonight’ is about what might happen if “Foster the People and MGMT were to pick up Lana Del Rey at a club.” He adds “ The song has multiple vibes being happy and upbeat yet looming with a dark edge, which I feel sonically conveys how any good thing can fade or relapse.”

Sounds like: GIRL FRIEND, Sillyboy, Kid Astray

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Exclusive: CHAPPO – EPISODE V: The Electric Interdimensional Origami Acid Trip

CHAPPO

CHAPPO

We don’t usually condone acid trips, but we had to give this one a go in an Indietronica exclusive. It’s ‘EPISODE V: The Electric Interdimensional Origami Acid Trip’ of CHAPPO‘s stop animation series called The Singularity, in which Rene Cogito journeys to the blackhole in a bid to save mankind. The whole series has been created by CHAPPO’s frontman, Alex Chappo.

In this episode the Commander tries to console Rene by telling him a story about a 2D creature who can only see “left” and “right” but has no concept of “up” or “down.”

If you don’t much about CHAPPO, they are a quirky indie band from NYC, and there is a great story behind the band’s releases, past and present, and all of which centre around the main character, Rene Cogito.

Like Rene, the band seems to have recently travelled back from a distant black hole, bringing with them a kaleidoscope of new and mesmerising sounds.

Their latest single release is ‘Mad Magic’, and it is written about a trip into the transparency of time as darkness surrounds Rene’s field of vision.

This is a psychedelic band, through and through.

Watch previous episodes and find out more about ‘The Singularity’ by heading over to CHAPPO’s awesome site.

‘Mad Magic’ is the second single released from their second album ‘Future Former Self’, which is due out now via Caroline International and available to purchase on iTunes or their digital store.

Sounds like: Arcade Fire, Of Montreal, Big Data, Imagine Dragons, The Flaming Lips, The Rolling Stones

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CHAPPO – Hang On

CHAPPO

CHAPPO

We are not sure why, but it has taken NYC psychedelic, indie boys CHAPPO quite some time to get themselves over to the UK. Perhaps because they love touring so much.

Anyway, their latest single ‘Hang On’ was released in the US some time a go, and it’s due for release in the UK on 23 November via Caroline International.

We love frontman Alex Chappo’s deep vocals set against a subtly epic chorus. This is definitely a slow burner, but one that is worth listening to a few times to appreciate its validity as a cracking indie tune.

The video follows a crashed space traveller from another time (played by Alex Chappo) who spends his last hours wandering New York City among its millions of inhabitants. Stranded and mystified, he feels the magnitude of loneliness and awe as he searches for a place to expire.

It’s the first release from their forthcoming second album ‘Future Former Self’, which is due out on 22 January 2016, and will coincide with a UK tour.

Sounds like: Arcade Fire, Of Montreal, Big Data, Imagine Dragons, The Flaming Lips, The Rolling Stones

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Interview with Argonaut & Wasp

argonaut&wasp

argonaut&wasp

argonaut&wasp are an electronic band from Burlington. We’d describe the band’s sound as a funky The XX.

Indietronica caught up with Trey and Theo for a quick chat.

1. Who’s in the band, and how did you form and decide to start making music together?

Our band consists of:

Trey Schibli – Lead Vocals, Guitar, Producer
Theo Klein – Back Up Vocals, Synths, Producer
Alec Donkin – Bass
Kevin Whitehead – Lead Guitar
Willoughby Morse – Drums

Theo: Trey and myself met in the fall of 2012 in our dorm (University of Vermont). We started producing music that consisted of the blend between electronic and rock music. We then found Kevin Whitehead (who brings the funk) and Alec Donkin (who brings the swag). All we needed was a drummer – and a drummer is what we got. Willoughby ‘The Shark’ Morse – The kid is straight fire. In terms of song writing – Trey and I work on electronic production (Using Ableton) and record vocals/keys/and guitar. Then we bring the guys up to the studio and have them collaborate by tracking their instruments and getting their input.

2. What’s the story behind the name Argonaut & Wasp?

Trey: During an English class, Roots of American Journalism, we had a lecture on the journalist/fiction writer Ambrose Bierce. He was the father of famous satirists like Edgar Allen Poe. His bitter wit, fascination with death and horror made his style and prose strangely appealing to me. One of his most famous works was the Devils Dictionary, he took words and phrases and redefined them in his own terms, for example ‘Painting: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather and exposing them to the critic’. However, what obsessively drew me into his story was Bierce’s famous disappearance. To this day no one knows what happened to him, his body has never been found. His last known communication with the world was through a letter he wrote to a close friend, dated December 26th 1913, with which he closed by writing “As to me, I leave tomorrow for an unknown destination”. After doing some personal research into his fiction and journalism works, I discovered a column he wrote for during his early career called, ‘The Argonaut and the Wasp’. I loved the name. Brought it up to Theo and he said we could only be named argonaut&wasp if he was the Argonaut—I didn’t put up too much of a fight.

3. What was it like growing up in Burlington and what is the music scene there like?

The music scene in Burlington is absolutely awesome. We have some great artists coming through here – and it is the home of Phish. It’s quite cold/rainy/snowy most of the time – but that said, it only makes the clubs sweatier. Trey is from Connecticut and I grew up in that New York State of mind…so Burlington is still relatively fresh.

4. Tell us about the song/video for ‘In the Drown’.

This is a great question because the essence of the song changed dramatically the more it was worked on. Shortly before school had ended, I pulled up a very old project file that I hadn’t heard in about a year, showed Theo and we began to revamp it entirely. The song quickly transformed into an interesting fusion of House, and Trap Music. But it wasn’t until we added the guitar that the powerful element of funk surfaced. With the instrumental rapidly developing, I remember sitting in class thinking of lyrics to accompany vocal melodies I had been playing around with. I was wearing a silver cross necklace—I’m not particularly religious—and for that matter, it was the first time I had ever really worn it. And as quirky as this sounds, I began to question why I was even wearing it! So my first verse of lyrics began something like this:

“Lay me down,
I’ve been bearing a silver trust
For way to long,
It’s beginning to weigh me down.
A three-point Pressure on my chest, And a ghost who won’t rest,
Until my heart falls still
In the Drown”

We didn’t sit down to actually record the vocals until summer had started, and at that point I had met Claire Sammut, and simultaneously re-kindled an old musical relationship with the Burlington based artist, Jacob Es. I decided I wanted to work with them on the vocals for “In the Drown”, and the theme of the lyrics quickly changed as the three of us collaborated. To be blunt, they transformed from something bizarrely religious into a song purely about the dangerous nature of passion and sex.

Regarding the making of the actual video for ‘In the Drown’, we worked with the incredibly talented film producer Patrick Elmore from White Ridge. Patrick and I met over the winter of last year during a ski trip out west. The two of us are like brothers—we share the exact same creative drive and when together, our passion seems to manifest into tons of new and creative ideas. I approached him about producing our music video because I loved the work he was doing for his company. Patrick drove up from Maryland to begin working on the project mid summer, we shot for roughly three days. Working with Pat was so much fun, I had never been involved in a video shoot before and he made it the best possible first experience. He knew exactly what he wanted, and how to make it come through in his shots. He even did all the lighting himself! However, the most incredible part about all of this is that he produced such a stellar product with a $0 budget.

5. How do you describe your sound?

It’s kind of like a mix between funk, rock, and electronic – we thought Indietronica would be a great place for our sound to be heard!

6. What did you grow up listening to?

Trey: Radiohead, I am obsessed with Radiohead. Some other large influences are The Strokes, Animal Collective, Modest Mouse, The Rolling Stones, and Kanye West

Theo: James Brown, Wilco

7. What new music are you listening to at the moment?

It seems like we are both really digging Charles Bradley, Lee Fields, Sharon Jones – and the whole contemporary resurgence of the UK Garage scene.

8. What’s next for you musically?

We are planning on the release of our brand new Single ‘Pistol Pump Funk’ with a new music video in about a month. Stay tuned.

For now, you can watch the video for ‘In The Drown’ below:

Sounds like: The Strokes, Modest Mouse, The XX, IYES

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Brotherun – Wishful Thinking

Brotherun

Brotherun

Meet Nashville-based (by way of Phoenix) up and comers Brotherun (aka Trevor and Nick Tillery).

Taking two very different musical journeys, Trevor embarked on songwriting whilst at college in Seattle and spent years in a rock band in Phoenix that ended up receiving major label attention, whilst Nick taught himself how to play drums by joining a thrash metal band (also in Phoenix).

Like all good rock musicians, the brothers’ lyrics are full of organic emotion. As well as being genetically bonded, both have a real love and knack for songwriting.

Their new track, ‘Wishful Thinking’, started off as a guitar riff that was laid to rest for a few years, then brought back to the table with their producer Josh Niles. The synthy track has an unsteady beat as the brothers sing about an almost unattainable or impossible desire.

The artwork for their debut EP (also entitled ‘Wishful Thinking’) perfectly showcases the imaginary journey through Brotherun’s 4 subtle and ever-humble tracks. The EP is available for purchase on iTunes now. Have a listen below:

Indietronica caught up with the Brotherun boys and asked them some questions – read their answers below;

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