Bringing Consider the Source to open up for Papadosio’s first of two nights at the Brooklyn Bowl was a wonderful choice, as this Middle Eastern-inspired psych-jazz jamband delivered something arguably close to Papadosio’s own awesome style of music: the heady mix of gorgeous sounds with crunchy grooves.
Consider the Source’s set turned out to be a complete Radiohead tribute, as they explained to the crowd that it was something they’ve “always wanted to try.” Imbuing the alluring dreaminess of Radiohead’s music with their own unique sound, as well as their readiness for instant hardcore jamming, Consider the Source made this stuff their own, no doubt about it.
“Paranoid Android,” for starters, is usually thrashed out aggressively by most jambands, but was picked here much more intricately, infused within the technical, explorative prowess of this band.
All three musicians here boast a command over their instruments that allows them to decide to play either for groove, barreling down psychedelic channels of raging heat, or actually really emotively, with a sheer beauty that comes as a welcome surprise. The most readily apparent example of this is guitarist Gabriel Maren, who, when not shredding maniacally, ushers out breathtaking, contemplative playing. And he displayed quite a nifty variety of tones on his double-neck guitar, from muted trumpet early on in the set, to choir sounds, to his own gritty slide sound. “Exit Music For A Film,” especially, couldn’t have asked for better cover treatment than from the incredible slide playing on not only his guitar, but from John Ferrara on bass simultaneously.
Ferrara, and drummer Jeff Man, too, are just as potent, either technically or melodically. Ferrara more often than not is debuting with Maren with his own finger work, throwing wild and breakneck bass lines in and around Maren’s. Towards the end, somewhere in the heart of their inspired playing, the band sneakily slipped in a teaser-jam on Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five,” and it was a special moment that shone bright even across the night’s entire spread of killer music.
The first couple of Papadosio tunes of “By The Light” > “Advocate of Change” had bass and drums lock in neatly together to cement an almost reggae feel, a danceable enough start to their set. Intercepting this here and there were moments dropped back into ambience of space and electronica.
Anthony Thogmartin often takes a cool route in Papadosio jams by adding his guitar work seemingly selectively. That is, rather than shred on the thing, he finds moments within jams to perfectly squeeze in, or place on top, these brief, but really beautiful, bits of riffs and improvisation.
There were a couple of spots late in the first set where bassist Rob McConnell dropped some heady funk-ish tones out of nowhere to one-eighty the direction of a song into something suddenly and strictly dance-worthy. These moments garnered a visually immediate gratitude from a crowd. “Vactrollio,” a track from from their newest album, Pattern Integrities, ended set one grandly with a far-ranging, frenzied jam combining fun riffs with blocks of deeper, sometimes murkier, atmospheric sounds.
Papadosio is a band that builds impressively on both the high energy emanating from a frenzied-up room and their own musical steam that they’ve puffed up. Once they get going with a good groove, or with a nice section of epic prog rock, it only seems to add to their inspiration to take things elsewhere, to new territory. “Euclidean Lights,” another off of their latest, burst open set two with all the build up of set one, for a wild, outer-space-bound groove that was powered by some awesome drumming.
The electronic work of this band has always been really like that of no other group, in the way it truly creatively works with the other instruments to propel the direction of their improvisation, and it showed in this performance last night. Beats and keyboard work contributed much more boldly and noticeably this set, often in this almost symphonic way. “Mr. Turtle’s Cloud Kingdom,” another newer tune, champions that side of Papadosio that is the sometimes relaxing, sometimes resounding, blissfulness, hidden like a pearl within the more prominent funkiness of their music.
They went with a couple more classic tunes in “Smile and Nod” and “Giving You Up,” to close out night one at the Bowl with strong, climaxing territory.
Papadosio returned to the Bowl for a second night, this time inviting Mike Dillion Band to open up, and will continue their tour next weekend with a couple of dates in South Carolina.
Consider the Source Radiohead Setlist: Paranoid Android, 2 + 2 = 5, Reckoner, Pyramid, Pack Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box, Backdrifts, Atoms of Peace, Exit Music (For a Film), 15 Step
Papadosio Setlist: Set I: By The Light > Advocate of Change, Each and Every Wave > Dream Estate, Vactrolio; Set II: Euclidean Lights, Giving You Up > New Love, Mr. Turtle’s Cloud Kingdom, Smile and Nod, Giving You Up