PopGun presents White Arrows

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PopGun presents White Arrows

Chappo, Yabadum

Sat, February 7, 2015

9:00 pm

Baby's All Right

Brooklyn, NY


This event is 18 and over

PopGun presents White Arrows
PopGun presents White Arrows
Mickey Church – Vocals/Guitar
Steven Vernet – Bass
Andrew Naeve – Electronics/Guitar
John Paul Caballero – Electronics/ Guitar

Bardo is a transitional state of being, the phase of existence between death and rebirth. It
marks the end of one thing and the beginning of another. It represents an evolution, which is
why the title of White Arrows' second album, In Bardo, is so appropriate. The Los Angeles
indie rock band found themselves in a new plane of being after touring extensively since their
inception, finally grounded enough to create a cohesive work that reflected the musicians'
present mindset.

White Arrows, a four-piece who met in Los Angeles, began touring almost as soon as they
formed, hitting the road with Cults, White Denim and The Naked and Famous, and
performing at festivals like Coachella and Sasquatch. The transitory, continuous nature of
touring meant that their 2012 debut album, Dry Land Is Not A Myth, was created in bouts,
pulled together over the course of almost two years. After Coachella last year, the band finally
returned home with no obligations set out before them and allowed the creative process to
take them whenever it would.

"My only motivation was to make songs," Mickey says. "I wanted to get out all the ideas in a
way that was productive and creative. There was no sense of what the songs would be – I just
wanted to make music. I think there became a cohesive approach as we went along because
we were writing at one particular moment in time. This is all from the same headspace."
Andrew adds, "Our sound just locked into place as we were writing it. After the first few
songs it clicked in and things started moving faster. I wouldn't say we knew what we were
doing going into it, but we found out along the way."

Certain thematic elements were circling the music, even as Mickey wrote some of the lyrics in
a stream of consciousness fashion. He found that death, sex and religion were always present,
always around him, and those ideas sunk into the music on In Bardo itself. The songs are
darker and deeper than those White Arrows have created previously, threaded together by
these omnipresent and sometimes unconscious themes. "Things were happening and I was
thinking about the same things over and over again every day and writing about them,"
Mickey says. "Those are topics that tend to come up in conversation or you hear people
talking about on the street. It was constantly there. I don't think it was conscious effort to
make an album based on those things but it ended up inherently being thematically very
similar on a song to song basis."

Musically, In Bardo takes a few strides in a new direction for the band. Andrew, who had
written prior material on keyboards, picked up the guitar and focused strongly on how to
integrate the instrument into White Arrows' innovative blend of psychedelic rock and
electronic indie pop. "Nobody Cares" was the first song to emerge after touring, a number
Mickey says most aptly conveys the musical balance White Arrows was seeking. "We Can't
Ever Die," a boisterous, hook-tinged track that reflects the disc's title, fully embraces that
aesthetic, setting the stage for the rest of the music the band wrote.

After meeting with several producers, White Arrows selected Jimmy Messer and spent the
winter recording with him at his Los Angeles studio The Tube. It was the band's first time
making music in a real studio with a producer, and the musicians found the experience to be
ideal. "We loved it," Andrew adds. "It was a very freeing experience. Jimmy had good
perspective on guitar, which was helpful because that's where we were trying to shift. It was
the most harmonious record-making process I've had with any band so far."

For White Arrows, In Bardo is the transition. It marks the end of one thing and the beginning
of another. The songs, from moody album opener "I Want A Taste" to surging standout number "Leave It Alone" to the evocative two-part closer, represent the musicians' current mindset and inspirations, pulled cohesively together by their succinct process of creation. It is,as Mickey says, the band's real introduction into the world.
Out of tragedy, Brooklyn based Chappo deliver their third studio album “DO IT” on Votiv Music.
On the heels of their second album, after a period of touring, the band—singer Alex Chappo, guitarist David Feddock, and keyboardist Chris Olson—returned home. That record, Future Former Self, was a dense concept album, and between the labor of its creation and the stress of an extensive tour, the band had been thoroughly exhausted.
Their holiday was short-lived, however. A series of tumultuous events occurred in succession: the band parted ways with their drummer, Alex’s best friend committed suicide, a record was begun and abandoned, and Dave and his wife lost their young son, Winter. In the wake of this period, the remaining three members of the band scattered. The future of CHAPPO seemed bleak.“I think we all realized how delicate and fragile the life of the band was at that time,” Alex tells me. “We were acutely aware that at any moment the whole thing could unravel or fall apart.”
Ultimately though, the band began to play together again, taking solace in the process of writing and processing through their music. “Almost immediately after losing our son I had a moment of clarity,” says Dave. “It was like, more than ever, all the life and love that was missing needed to come out through the songs we were working on.”
The resultant album, DO IT, is a lithe, spangled tumble of a record. Rather than creating a memorial, the band decided to strike nearer to the wild heart of things by paring their sound down to its most primal and joyful components.
From the smoldering “White Noise,” to the kaleidoscopic, synth-tinged world of “Live My Life,” DO IT manages to refine CHAPPO’s psych-rock proclivities into something deeply essential. It’s a record that transmogrifies pain, and sadness, and boredom, and all the less-than-great parts of being a human being into a throbbing, galactic party. “It felt amazing to find a fresh creative process and catch a new flow with just the three of us. We felt like Winter’s spirit was ushering us into a sense of rebirth,” says Alex
The departure of their drummer, who also produced their first two albums, led the band to John Vanderslice, who invited them to record at his analogue studio Tiny Telephone in San Francisco. Recording to tape--being forced to make decisions quickly and decisively--melded nicely with their stripped-down approach.
John also encouraged them to approach the songs they’d written with a sense of spontaneity, forcing them to record quickly and embrace the process of discovery. “On the last two records, we were were obsessed with listening to each take,” Alex tells me, “We’d finish a take and would expect to be able to listen back and see if we nailed it. But John wouldn’t let us. He’d say ‘Either you got it or you think you can do better and we burn that take. You don’t get to listen back and psychoanalyze everything to death.’ He fought us on correcting mistakes and urged us to lean into whatever happened as it happened”
In the end, the creation of DO IT was an exercise in letting go. The members of CHAPPO, in the midst of personal tragedies and tumult, surrendered control in order to create their most fun, joyful work. Maybe, as the making of DO IT suggests, the way out of sorrow is surrender.
Venue Information:
Baby's All Right
146 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY, 11211