Papadosio @ The Sinclair 11.8.13
by Aaron Decker (Communications), published November 25th 2013
Papadosio is a live band. Whether you’re seeing them at an outdoor festival or at a small club like The Sinclair, it’s not strange to think that this music was created to serve a purpose—to be enjoyed in a group. And at the Sinclair on November 8th, a group there was. The audience, comprised of young, perpetually-grooving people, seemed to be moving as a group to the sound. The band, whose unique brand of psychedelia appeals to fans of both jam bands and electronic music, seemed to fill the room. This coupled with a fantastic lightshow—LED screens, lasers and all.
Their latest album, To End the Illusion of Separation (otherwise known as T.E.T.I.O.S.), brings a new kind of accessibility to the band’s sound. It’s on T.E.T.I.O.S. that Papadosio sound more commercially palatable than they ever have. The previous album, 2009’s Observations, showcased many of the same attributes of prog-rock, dance and jam that are also prevalent on its successor. However, the latter sees these aspects combined in a decidedly more cohesive, listenable package. This sound was heavily on display when the band came to Boston.
It could’ve been the bass reverberating through the small venue, but it seemed as if every bassline was one you could move to. The dance aspect of Papadosio’s sound is apparent in the new tracks, and especially so when you see them performed live. I don’t think I saw a single stagnant body when the band played “We Are Water,” a track off of T.E.T.I.O.S. The song could be seen as an audible representation of the feel of Papadosio’s live show. It exhibits elements of jam, dub and even drum and bass, but never comes off as disjointed or as anything other than fluid.
Their live set flowed in a similar way. The set list honored their diversity, but no transition was awkward and nothing ever felt forced. Instead, the band moved smoothly through their set, ensuring that the audience members could keep dancing. They may sound great on record, but I’m sure I wasn’t the only one leaving this show thinking about how glad I was to have seen Papadosio live.