Papadosio's Rob McConnell Asks: If Livetronica Isn't Music, "Then What the Hell Is This Shit?" | New Times Broward-Palm Beach


Papadosio's Rob McConnell Asks: If Livetronica Isn't Music, "Then What the Hell Is This Shit?"

"Livetronica" is the worst name for a musical sub-genre since "emo" or "rock 'n' roll."

This ridiculous term is meant to denote psychedelic jam band hippie rock that has been augmented with the technorganic delights of the future. That is, synthesizers, computers, and combinations thereof.

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Lucky for flagship livetronickers, Papadosio, their airtight chops and prog-intricate compositions very quickly steal the spotlight from crappy blog jargon. After the jump, check out our conversation with Papadosio bassist Rob McConnell. 

New Times: We had never heard of "livetronica" before. What is your relationship to that term?

Rob McConnell: We're all players when it comes down to it. You see a lot of things hyped as "live electronica," and then it's a DJ. We have four-part vocal harmonies. Sampling. Crazy loud effects. "Livetronica" takes what we do and pigeon holes us. I tell people we're a new psychedelic rock band.

We spoke with Keller Williams recently...

He's awesome. I've been seeing him for years. He's a really humble dude. Definitely an early inspiration. A lot of those guys. Him, String Cheese.

We talked about whether or not rock bands need a digital component to be fresh. He said no. What do you think?

You can definitely make analog rock that is fresh. We listen to a lot of Fleet Foxes. It might not be completely fresh, but they're coming up with beautiful arrangements. We play with a lot of really good bands, like Deaf Scene. They're instrumental and they have a way of tying in melody and harmony with aggressiveness.