The Disco Biscuits descended into the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY for night two of their rescheduled three night run from March 2020 last Friday, and unfurled a set list of fan favorites, covers and rarities to celebrate guitarist Jon "The Barber" Gutwillig's birthday. Their characteristic blend of jamtronica music was fueled by Gutwillig's guitar driven jamming this evening, and included a first time played Dead cover.
The show began with "Nughuffer," a classic tune released in 1995 that included a story told by bassist Marc Brownstein about the band traveling to an island getaway after their March 2020 Philadelphia shows were cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This marks the first time this tune has been played in 2022.
"Spaga," another song that debuted prior to 2000, followed and ignited a non-stop jam sequence for the rest of the set. The song began with a tease of Beethoven's "Midnight Sonata," and went unfinished before cleverly transitioning into "Running into the Night," which debuted at New York City's Playstation Theatre in December 2019. Another dark guitar jam progression lead into an unfinished "Aceetobee." The set closed out with "Rock Candy." This song was released on an Electron album, a Disco Biscuit side project, titled This is Electron.
After taking a break, the band resumed the raucous dance party with a huge jam sandwich filled with inversion and vintage tunes in set two. The Disco Biscuits are known to reverse the order of the jam and composed portions of songs, which is noted on the set list as inverted. The music began with Pink Floyd's "Run Like Hell." This unfinished cover smoothly transitioned into an inverted older tune, "Confrontation."
The inversion rolled on as the band dove into "Crickets," followed by the set list chased "Aquatic Ape." The latter was last played at Mishawaka Amphitheatre in Bellevue, CO on October 16, 2021, and makes an appearance about once a year. Brownstein jumped up on drummer Allen Aucoin's drum platform, and locked into a tight rhythm during the smoking hot jam, while clearly enjoying the moment.
The final segue for set two lead the band into "Basis for a Day," from the 1996 release Encephalous Crime. The crowd was on their feet, fired up and dancing as the band left the stage.
They returned to boisterous applause by the audience. With huge smiles on their faces, they delivered "Friend like Steve." This song recently debuted at The National in March 2022. The band paused before dropping into "Feel Like a Stranger" by the Grateful Dead. This first time played cover fit like a glove and will hopefully appear in future shows. Upon the conclusion, the quartet took a moment to thank the crowd, and walked offstage blissfully to end the stellar evening.
This Philadelphia based squad manifested a heated show teeming with tasty jamtronica and trance fusion, and are not to be missed. They are back in action later this week at the Mission Ballroom in Denver, Co and have released a healthy list of dates for their 2022 summer tour. Visit their tour page for more details.
Nughuffer, Spaga1 > Running into the Night > Aceetobee1 > Rock Candy
Run Like Hell12 -> Confrontation3 -> Crickets3 -> Aquatic Ape3 -> Basis for a Day
Friend like Steve, Feel Like a Stranger4
2. Pink Floyd
4. Grateful Dead, first time played