By John Benson
After a long wait, jamtronica act Papadosio is back with its new album, the double-disc “TETIOS,” which stands for “To End the Illusion of Separations.”
Keyboardist-singer Billy Brouse said the progressive outfit that formed on the Ohio University campus years ago and has since relocated to Asheville, N.C., was hoping to send a message through its music.
“I don’t think we’re that weird in thinking everyone comes from the same stardust, and we are all one people,” said Brouse, a 2003 Hudson High School graduate. “We’re all kind of one giant collective human consciousness. It’s just kind of the way the world is going right now.”
When it’s noted this all sounds like a hippie kind of idea, Brouse agreed but pointed out it’s nothing more than an ancient belief of being one with nature and one with man.
“If you want to call that a hippie thing, that’s fine,” Brouse said. “Personally, I’d call it creative thinking and just trying to think about the way we run our society in a different way.”
Papadosio now finds itself attached to the jam-band scene’s subgenre jamtronica, which includes such national acts as The Disco Biscuits, Particle and Sound Tribe Sector 9. Basically, this style mixes electronics and synths with regular rock instrumentation such as guitar, bass and drums.
When asked about the difference between his band and the aforementioned bellwethers of the genre, Brouse said Papadosio stands out for its progressive messages and willingness to explore its music. He said the group isn’t tied to one sound, suggesting its next disc could be a world music album.
As for “TETIOS,” Brouse feels the new CD differs from the band’s previous effort, “Observation,” with more vocals and a prog-rock slant. He said the group favorites include the epic “Monochrome” and “Oracle Theme,” as well as the dance-friendly “Now That You Know.”
Brouse admits that the notion of recording a double album does smack of self-indulgence, but he points out it had been years since Papadosio released something new. So this just made sense.
As for the idea of a two-disc set, rock history doesn’t treat such releases too kindly. Perhaps the last respectable double album was Pink Floyd’s epic opus “The Wall.”
Here’s the ironic part when it comes to Papadosio releasing a two-disc set: Brouse hasn’t listened to many double albums, yet that’s exactly what he’s asking the fans of Padadosio to do. Sounds kind of odd, right?
“Yes, but you don’t have to listen to the whole thing all at once,” Brouse said, laughing. “It took us a while to do it, so it can take you a while to listen to it.”