Disco Biscuits Waltz Their Way Through a Stellar First Night in Philly
The atmosphere last night (2/20) seemed quite somber to start. A quick walk past the outside of The Electric Factory, and you could hardly tell there was a show about to begin, let alone a rather monumental occasion. This wasn’t just any show. The legendary Disco Biscuits, Philly’s own jam band, were about to kick off a three-night run at a venue they hadn’t played in quite a long time.
I got to the venue, met up with a fellow writer, and we began our journey into the unknown, well, mostly unknown. Unlike my friend, I knew all too well what I was about to experience in the wake of this epic night for Philly music.
The scene inside still kept a somber tone, at least in the general admission area. Normally where at 8 or 9pm the GA dance floor would be filled with EDM-crazed kids giving each other light shows and bebopping around in anticipation of the drop, there were only about 40 or so people loosely congregated. We headed upstairs to the 21+ section to get our bearings. Once up there, the scene totally changed. It was a madhouse. The upstairs section was already packed, and people were well on their way to forgetting about their troubles and the night in general.
I took notice that maybe my first assessment of the place was a little off. Maybe the mood and atmosphere were more relaxed because of the artist performing as we entered: Ichisan, a disco/house artist on the DeathWaltz roster. I previously wasn’t too familiar with his music before the night began, but I must admit that even though the feeling of the place was very relaxed to begin, Ichisan laid the necessary groundwork to lead people into one of the most amazing Disco Biscuits performances I have yet to witness.
The house lights came on; people scurried to go smoke a cigarette before the Biscuits graced the stage. I rushed outside as well to get a smoke in, but as I approached the outside doors, scores of people went rushing back into the venue as the legends let out the first notes of a mind-altering set. I puffed my cigarette quickly and hurried back inside.
As soon as I flicked my cigarette and rushed inside, I was hit with a perplexing thought: Where the hell am I? I felt like I had entered into a parallel universe simply by stepping outside and back in. When I ventured into the venue this time, the somber, relaxed mood was now replaced with what I would on first pass call a circus, short of having acrobatics and elephants. The atmosphere visibly changed…drastically changed. People were everywhere, like ants crawling over each other. Lasers consumed your entire being. When you closed your eyes the black you saw was now replaced with vibrant hyper-real colors of the rainbow: blue, green, purple, and orange color waves coming from all different directions. I smiled happily; this is the Disco Biscuits show I know and love so well, I thought to myself.
The Biscuits performed for an hour or so before taking a short break. I quickly ran backstage to fill up on free beer and say hi to some friends who happened to be in attendance. As I made my way through the now smoke-filled venue, I happened upon artwork of the Disco Biscuits done in the men’s upstairs bathroom by local Philadelphia street artist and producer GET UP.
When the boys took the stage for their second set, the crowd knew they were about to witness something magical. The way the cards fell last night upon Philly could be called something of a “had to be there” show…. The combination of Philadelphia’s most notable venue, teamed with Philly’s most recognizable production company and Philly legends allowed the Biscuits to find their zone. They played a set that transcended the body and mind, took the audience beyond themselves. If you had problem in your daily life before 11pm, at 11:10, that problem was nothing short of non-existent. Last night Philly got crazy; last night Philly got sweaty, and last night Philly came out to shine! The best part is we have two more nights of this madness and something tells me The Disco Biscuits, Deathwaltz Media, and The Electric Factory are all saving the best for last!
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