Disc Jam Artist Spotlight: An Interview with Chris Gironda of Space Bacon
Zachary Franck interviewing Chris Gironda
Space Bacon has established themselves as one of the most notable young bands in the scene. Their songwriting has evolved and their chemistry has elevated, but don’t take my word for it, listen to their recent soundboards. The four-piece was formed in a Bronx basement and their sound and style is a solid representation of New York City. They’re aggressive and psychedelic with a stage presence that is raw and inviting. Coming off a sold out show in Denver (their Colorado debut) and a fiery late night set at Elements Music & Arts Festival, Space Bacon is ready to deliver a jaw-dropping performance at Disc Jam. Their set is on Saturday at 6:30 in the Innova Tent, be there.
ZF: What have been some standout moments for Space Bacon this year? What segments would you recommend to a new fan that is unfamiliar with your catalogue?
CG: This year has been great so far! Had a relatively light Winter but our Spring has been stacked and ramping up these next few weeks with 3 festivals and a couple club dates. We kicked this year off with Snow Bacon 3, where we did an 80s theme, felt fitting up on the mountain. Push It To The Limit > Sweet Dreams > Push It To The Limit from 1/12/19 was a lot of fun. The 3 dates we did with Papadosio were fun as well, specifically the TLA show in Philly, where we debuted a new song, I’d recommend the Silencer > Rosandra’s Tide from that show (4/20/19). We also played our first show in Colorado which was a trip, the crowd and the energy in Denver at Your Mom’s House was unreal. I particularly enjoyed the Bumpadump > Beverly Hills from that show (5/10/19). Looking to carry this momentun into these next few weeks, which all culminates at Disc Jam, one of our favorite weekends of the year, every year.
ZF: That Bumpadump segment from Denver was impressive. Playing onstage at festivals can bring an entirely different energy to the music. Looking back, what are some of your personal favorite festival sets?
CG: Thanks man. Festivals are definitely a different beast than the standard two set club show. We used to try and pack a lot in to these sets, with covers, etc. Lately we’re just all about getting up there and having fun, sometimes with less songs, but with way longer jams. People seem to like that. Disc Jam last year stands out for favorite festival sets, had Coco and the Turkuaz horns out for a song or two. Camp Bisco was awesome to play as well and had some great moments. Then of course Satellite Ranch at the end of the summer is always a blast, we did two sets last year and the night set felt special, it’s up on Spotify and Apple Music.
ZF: How many times has Space Bacon played Disc Jam? What makes Disc Jam special for an up and coming band in the northeast?
CG: This will be our third year at Disc Jam. The festival seems to have gotten bigger and better each year, while still maintaining the vibes that have always made it great. I think the fans that come to Disc Jam are really there for the music, they love this type of music and are there to see it specifically. It makes for a great environment for bands like us to go up there and do our thing.
ZF: There is a large possibility that this will be your biggest and best Disc Jam set thus far. Do you and the boys have any tricks up your sleeves? Anything special planned?
CG: I don’t know about tricks, maybe Sam will pull a rabbit out of his hat or something. I can promise there will be jams.
ZF: Jams are good. Besides being a musician in one of the best up and coming bands in the music scene, you've been a diehard fan of jam bands and electronic music for years, what acts should patrons check out at Disc Jam this year?
CG: This year is stacked! I’ve been digging Flamingosis lately, as well as Chachuba out of Chicago. Both are great acts I’ve yet to catch live, so I’m looking forward to seeing them at Disc Jam. And of course, be sure to check out the homies Horizon Wireless, Escaper, Lespecial, and so many more.