Ending well past 1 a.m. at the Fox Theatre, Papadosio’s extensive performance Thursday night showed no signs of fatigue from a massive five-month, 50-venue tour. The livetronica act embarked on this tour in support of its new double album, “T.E.T.I.O.S (To End the Illusion of Separation)” — an album two-and-a-half years in the making. Since its formation in 2006, the Ashville, N.C.-based band has become an established force on the festival circuit.
After a bass-heavy opening set by Denver’s Octobus Nebula, Papadosio opened the night with the memorable melodies of “Find Your Cloud.” Though the new album showcases cheery vocals from lead guitarist Anthony Thogmartin, the night’s set was heavy on improvisation, and this feel-good tone only showed up on a few occasions.
Instead, drummer Mike Healy cooked through intricate compositions and double bass flares, all accompanied by the syncopated work of the rest of the band. In an electronic scene flooded by acts following in the footsteps of bands like the Disco Biscuits and Lotus, Papadosio stands out above the noise. Smoothly incorporating odd times and jazzy piano licks into an otherwise driving, electronic dance party, the band’s musicianship and knack for melody had a full house engaged from start to finish.
The night ended with a funk-driven encore of “The Cue,” a distinct highlight off the new album. It was a fitting finale for the Colorado crowd that Thogmartin described as the band’s “home away from home.”
Papadosio continues their Colorado run Friday in Fort Collins at the Aggie Theatre, Saturday in Denver at Cervantes and Sunday in Aspen at the Belly Up.
Nate Etter is a Boulder-based musician and a regular contributor to Reverb.