By: Aaron Giles
Five short days after summer turned to fall we all came together to end the illusion of separation at the House of Blues. As festy season comes to a halt the equinox brings in a shift of temperature and a plethora of tours coming through the windy city. Papadosio’s Fall 2K13 tour kicked off in late August and runs all the way through the end of November, with their Chicago stop right in the middle. With expectations high and energy rising we made our way into the beautiful venue for a night to remember.
Kicking things off was EarthCry, Anthony Thogmartin’s (of Papadosio) electronic side project. His sound was a mix of hums, echoes, and thuds ranging from heavy glitch, to tribal beats, to beautiful live instrumental samples. Comparable to Eskmo, his set was heavy but also quite danceable. His setup was the same as his full band setup, two APC’s and two small keyboards with every layer seemingly cued up to Abelton Live. His use of a tuning fork brought in a high frequency pitch that kept the audience attentive and the vibes flowing. It was really awesome to see this creative side from an artist we’ve already come to know and love.
Papadosio took the stage around 12:30 to a packed dance floor. This band has a truly profound presence and an eternally thoughtful message. To see them come from playing the Kinetic Playground to now filling out one of the most prestigious venues in Chicago has been a true pleasure. Dosio is constantly progressing their sound and the significance behind it, with each Jam speaking to the soul and every lyric deep and insightful it’s hard not to feel inspired after seeing these guys perform.
Commencing their set with the classic jam “Curve” we knew we were in for something special, then again it always is special when Dosio is in the building. Subatomic particles were definitely having a good time. Jam after jam they pulled us in and kept us entertained. Direction song came on and the chorus of the crowd chimed making for a beautiful soundscape of joy. This song seemed to bring it together and suddenly we were in the midst of Papadosio show and nothing else mattered. From that point on it was a dance party from the floor to the balconies.
They played for about two hours in all, other highlights of the set were a deep “Oracle Theme”, personal favorite “Unparalyzer” which had the whole crowd belting out the lyrics and a special “Smile and Nod” dedicated to their close friend and fan Gavin. They came out for a “Snorkel” encore and closed it out proper. It’s truly a pleasure to witness these guys in action and the sky is truly the limit for these inspired young gentlemen. Until next time, rage on Papadosio, Ray John.
What’s at Stake
New Love>Oracle Theme> >Utopiate
Smile and Nod