The Disco Biscuits End the Year in NYC
The Disco Biscuits came off the start of their New Year’s Eve run from two nights in Chicago, resulting in what we can only hope will be a lull in the good-humored whining from the band’s fans in the Midwest about the lack of local shows. The Biscuits got back to New York with an ambitious four shows over a three-day run, eventually totaling eight sets of music.
[box]Monday, December 29, 2014 I: Bernstein & Chasnoff-> Voices Insane-> Pilin it Higher-> M.E.M.P.H.I.S.-> Tempest-> Bernstein & Chasnoff[/box]
The Biscuits wasted no time starting off the first set on Monday the 29th with a lively performance of “Bernstein & Chasnoff” that segued into “Voices Insane,” which was greeted with a noticeably audible cheer by the crowd. “Pilin it Higher” was standard and lacked any additional bells and whistles, but was no less energetic than the start of the set and a welcome song choice to say the least. “M.E.M.P.H.I.S.” came next, and I enjoyed the song as it funkily went into “Tempest” and then back into “Bernstein & Chasnoff,” rounding out the set as a nice book end.
[box]II: Uber Glue-> House of Dog Party Favor-> I-Man-> House Dog Party Favor-> CatalystE: Spy-> November Rain[/box]
[box]I: Confrontation-> And the Ladies Were the Rest of the Night-> Orch Theme-> Tricycle-> Orch Theme-> And the Ladies Were the Rest of the Night-> Confrontation[/box]
After the show ended I quickly made my way to BB Kings for, lucky me, the band’s third set of the night, where they performed as their own instrumental cover band, Tractorbeam. BB Kings is great, even if its a smaller venue, but since “the Biscuits” were playing a full set immediately after a two-set show (and another show the night before), it was crowded to say the least. The packed nature of the venue aside, it seems like the band got into their groove toward the end of the show. The band started this set with the powerful “Confrontation,” a song that always strikes a positive cord and is one of my favorites. The whole set turned out to be one giant palindrome, which moved from “And the Ladies Were the Rest of the Night” into a dark and dirty “Orch Theme,” then into “Tricycle” for the middle pinnacle. From the center of the palindrome, the songs moved back into “Orch Theme” and “Ladies,” finally returning to “Confrontation” to round out what turned out to be a fantastic set of music.
Night two of the run was one of the better Biscuits’ shows I have seen in a while. The night before had been fun, but the 30th was not only fun but also a great showing of the band’s musical prowess. From the first song on, it was clear that the band had brought their A game that night. “Neck Romancer” was not only long and challenging, but also had an unrelenting quality that pervaded until the encore ended. The rest of the night lived up to that energetic pace and the band maintained the same level of excellence throughout the night.
[box]Tuesday, December 30, 2014I: Neck Romancer, Strobelights and Martinis-> Cyclone-> Above the Waves (inverted)-> Munchkin Invasion (end)II: Magellan, Mindless Dribble-> Spacebirdmatingcall-> Spraypaint-> SpacebirdmatingcallE: Morph Dusseldorf[/box]