The Disco Biscuits in 2014
Over the years The Disco Biscuits have undoubtedly carved their own path through the live music scene, from their early days of playing frat-houses at the University of Pennsylvania all the way to headlining packed venues and festivals. But regardless of where they are at in their career, one thing has always been true about the jamtronica band from Philly--they have always done things their own way, and many would say that they have connected the jam-band scene and the electronic dance scene better than any band that plays live music.
Their sound crosses all boundaries, when it comes to the word 'genre', and the fan base shows it. They have been on and off the road for nineteen years and seem to have again found their balance. 2014 has already proven to be a great year for the band, even during recent news that their festival, 'Camp Bisco' is taking a year off. They started on a high-note playing a packed New Years Eve show at the theatre of Madison Square Garden, which left their fans buzzing. And they definitely brought that energy to Colorado for their four-night 'Winter Inferno' run. They started it off with a two-night stand at the Ogden Theatre in Denver and ended it with a surprise Tractorbeam show in Boulder. It was some of their best playing in recent years. The band was clicking again and everybody felt the chemistry. It was only right that they kept the ball rolling with a three-night Electric Factory run in their hometown of Philadelphia.
First off, The Disco Biscuits haven't played there since 2009, which is totally out of character for them, considering they have played the E-factory more than any other band in the history of the venue. Like I said, it was only right and man was I right about that. You could feel the hometown love from the moment they stepped on stage the first night. The room was exploding with energy the entire run, especially the last two nights. For me personally, those two shows were some of the best music I've seen in the past four years, hands down. Everybody was so happy; The Disco Biscuits were so happy. They have really found their groove again. That's why their fans were so disappointed with the recent announcement that the biscuits' festival 'Camp Bisco' is on hiatus. Some of their fans believe that it's a good thing and the festival needs to change, others are simply upset that they won't be seeing six sets of biscuits this summer (not at Camp Bisco, at least).
Fortunately, The Disco Biscuits know that their fan-base is counting on them to play other festivals this summer, particularly now that Camp has been cancelled. The band has already announced that they will be headlining 'Mcdowell Mountain Fest' in Arizona and ‘Gathering of The Vibes’ in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Everybody was pretty surprised about the AZ announcement, while shocked and excited about GOTV. The Disco Biscuits and ‘Gathering of The Vibes’ have a very special set in store for all of their fans: The Disco Biscuits with Mickey Hart & Bill Kreutzmann (The Grateful Dead/Rhythm Devils). Nobody really knows what exactly they're going to play, but it will most definitely be special and unmatched, so special and unmatched that even Rolling Stone wrote an article about the specific set (see below)! It's the second time this month that the popular music publication has mentioned The Disco Biscuits. The magazine mentioned them at number twenty-six in its '100 most important people in EDM' list, and the article went on to talk about how much the band has done for the scene and how important ‘Camp Bisco’ has been over the years. The festival really bridged the gap between the jam-band and EDM scenes. Anyway, ‘Camp Bisco’ may not be around this summer but the Disco Biscuits aren't going anywhere, that's for sure. I think we can all count on them announcing a few more festival slots this summer. I sure hope so, at least.