CHAPPO was born in the East Village of New York in 2009 and in a few short years has created an enthusiastic and rambunctious following. Splitting the difference between the guitar-driven psychedelia of 60′s west coast rock and the spiritual witch doctor moonshine of Dr. John, they regularly turn their live show into nothing short of spectacle. After releasing a pair of EP’s Plastique Universe and Plastique Universe II: Pisces Princess in 2010 and 2011, they signed with Majordomo records to release their full length debut, Moonwater, in 2012. CHAPPO released their second LP, Future Former Self, on Votiv Music, on May 12, 2015. Here Alex Chappo provided us with a few images of their personal spaces accompanied by some random thoughts.
"Look at that van fridge! That's a sight for sore eyes. Since I've been a vegetarian for most my life, it's virtually impossible for me to eat healthy on the road. So we developed our own satellite kitchen for band wraps or salads when we travel. The cooler is usually packed with arugula, cherry tomatoes, shaved carrots, cucumbers, hummus, mixed nuts, avocados, peppers, lemons, Sriracha, olive oil, apples, oranges, rice cakes, peanut butter, honey, and more. It gets tricky making meals in close quarters, but someone's always helping out with the Sous chef role. We've learned some things don't travel or smell good in the cooler…onions and cheap greens have been banned from the van. And it takes some work to keep the ice drained and the veggies fresh but for me it's worth it to not have to rely on fast food."
"I'm happy I finally got some of my tools organized so I can grab them quicker and faster. In NYC, you tend to get creative trying to make space where there isn't any. My tools got quarantined to the back of my closet door. I use these them for a variety of projects from making CHAPPO stage props, smoke monsters, underwater volcanoes, LED moons, to little wire sculptures in my free time. This is a wire sculpture of Wayne Coyne I did a few years ago for fun. I love the way the shadows dance on the canvas. I imagine these sculptures as a little 2d doodle taking a walk through 3d space for the first time and testing its boundaries. So depending on where you're standing in the room, the sculptures transform and morph a bit. Oh and there's Jimi peaking through the palm tree leaves...he's a little shy."
"This corner of our apartment is where I like to read, write and occasionally meditate. I love the bay windows and sinking into the couch. I love how disparate the vibe can be depending on the time of the day. If you crack the windows in the morning, you can get a surge of Brooklyn adrenaline with the bustle of the city percolating and breathing through the blinds. Sunshine usually assaults the living room around 9am. Or at 2am, I could flip on the lamp, doodle on a notebook and enjoy a little serenity with the rare silence. Everything just feels bigger and more intense by these windows. A cool breeze or a thunderstorm seeps into the apartment in a really pleasant way."
"This section of my place is sort of an extension to the bay window nest. My lady and I just started rebuilding our vinyl collection in the last couple years. It's fun sneaking into small record shops or thrift stores when we're on tour and finding old and new gems. Nothing beats the feeling of relaxing on a day off with a coffee, newspaper (or book) and putting on a new record. Since space is an issue in NYC, I also use the living room to get in a little Tony Horton power 90 exercise routine in. I mute Tony and plop on my go to fat burning music: Donna Summer. Nothing gets the sweat going like a little On the Radio spinning on the record player."