Author: Nicole Beale
Papagoya played a live set on KCSU on Wednesday, March 27. They busted out an acoustic set, something that they had
never done before. It was quite the treat for both listeners and for those few witnessing their performance.
Papagoya has an eclectic sound that is as unique as they are. They consider themselves to be in the genre of jungle funk.Â For their shows, Papagoya uses electric instruments, creating a different sound than what was heard on KCSU. However, they create an extremely unique sound by combining an odd arrangement of instruments and exposing their culture. Tobias Bank, a member of Papagoya, hails from Sweden. The name ‘Papagoya’ is a play on a Swedish word ‘Papegoja’, meaning ‘Parrot’.
During their acoustic performance on KCSU, Papagoya had five out of their six members and featured an upright bass, slide guitar, an accordion, and a suitcase kick drum. Yes, it was actually a suitcase. Drummer, Tobias Bank, decided to travel smart by packing his bass drum in a suitcase. In fact the drum itself was a suitcase. After their set, Bank was able to put all of the pedals and cymbals he used right into the suitcase and out he went. It created a very low and short sound, adding to Papagoyaâ€™s uniqueness.
Papagoya began the night by playing El Pollo Loco and then played Wash Away that featured Colin Boyle on slide guitar. Their third song, Gypsy Kings, was sung in Spanish by Dimitri Zaugg and then the band played Dealinâ€™ with Dâ€™s Bedtime. That song title came about because the band was always forced to rehearse early due to Dimitiri Zauggâ€™s early bedtime. After a slew of callers called in, including one listening in New Zealand, the band decided to play an encore which was called Show â€˜em How Good We Do. The band also threw in a few snippets of the songs from their EP, titled Symatree, that was released in August of 2012.
Papagoya are locals from Fort Collins gaining in popularity. They have secured several shows for the summer making it easy to check them out.Â Papagoyaâ€™s next show will be at FoCoMX and then Wakarusa May 30 to June 3. To get a better feel for what these guys sound like,Â check out the live recording of the set at KCSU.