The Disco Biscuits Turn Up the Heat in Orlando
[The four photographs here are by Silky Shots, displayed on The Disco Biscuits’ Facebook page.]
OK, it was already topping 90 degrees both days that The Disco Biscuits played the Frontyard at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, but the Philadelphia quintet pushed the thermometer waaaaay up over the two-day run. Friday’s heater (March 26) was the perfect companion to their incendiary throw-down Thursday night. The Frontyard is the new outdoor facility enabling the Center to host great music outdoors in a safe environment.
Set one opened with “Loose Change,” Jon “Barber” Gutwillig on vocals. During the medium-paced jam, Barber gave his wah-wah pedal a good workout. That segued into some great piano from Aron Magner on “Freebis Slinky” and a great jam.
Half an hour in, there was a brief pause before they took off on a 42-minute romp beginning with “Caterpillar.” Marc Brownstein was singing and crushing the bass while Aron’s synths were dancing everywhere! There was another excellent segue into “Spacebirdmatingcall” (unfinished) with Allen Aucoin magnificent at drum kit. Brownie’s bass was huge while Aron played piano opposite some great guitar work from Barber.
The hot jam that emerged was an inverted “Naeba,” Aucoin blazing while clavinet and guitar romped. And then we were back to “Caterpillar” to finish the dynamite first set.
Set two opened with a very jazzy piano-filled jam “Svengali” with a very trippy ending before they launched into “The Very Moon,” the beginning of a non-stop hour of monster jams. It was really funky, organ and clavinet swirling as the jam morphed into “Astronaut.” Brownie was deep in the funk here before the song twisted into some great Latin jazz with Allen’s percussion and Aron’s piano supported more great guitar from Barber.
“Running Into the Night” arose and got very funky before more incredible guitar and piano highlighted “And the Ladies Were the Rest of the Night.” Trippy synths and Brownie on bass synth blew the jam up before it came home to “Astronaut.”
After that blistering set, The Biscuits eased back for an encore of “Kitchen Mitts” with mellow piano and the best vocal harmonies of the night.
The Disco Biscuits gave us two brilliant nights to open their spring tour. You have been warned: Pelham, Frederick, St. Louis, Kansas City, Denver, Augusta NJ, and New Haven. These fresh Biscuits taste might fine!
I: Loose Change > Freebis Slinky, Caterpillar > Spacebirdmatingcall (unfinished) > Naeba (inverted) > Caterpillar
II: Svenghali, The Very Moon > Astronaut > Running into the Night > And the Ladies Were the Rest of the Night (inverted) > Astronaut
E: Kitchen Mitts