Windy City Biscuits
After a 3 night run at New York City’s Best Buy Theater, the end of 2011 found The Disco Biscuits in the Windy City. For the first time in the bands history they would play a New Years Eve show away the east coast. The band choose the beautiful Auditorium in Chicago to ring in the new year and new beginnings with their fans.
I was sure they were going to open the NYC shows with 7-11. So when the opening notes of 7-11 filled the Auditorium, I knew we were all in for a treat. I thought it was a great way to set the tone for the weekend. The Munchkin Invasion was great, but for me it was all about Mindless Dribble’s first jam. Magner owned this jam, feeding off of Barber’s licks as they worked together to create a memorable jam. The mad scientist feathered notes and sounds into this jam that gave it a psychedelic feel. The set seemed to lose steam going into The Lunar Pursuit > 7-11 > Mindless Dribble and it didn’t do much for me. They picked it back up with Mindless Dribble > Run Like Hell to end the set. It was all about build-up into RLH.
I’ll just say it: I loved set two! Strobelights is one of my favorite songs and I was on top of the world when they opened set
two with it.The jam into Pimp Blue Rikki’s tempo was to slow. Everyone had to slow down for Barber. It was obvious to everyone at this point that Barber was knee deep in the sauce. The set picked up momentum going into I-man. The Morph > Basis segment ended up being my favorite of the night. The jam was dark and finally the band was in sync. The encore of Portal > Sven > Portal was sweet. Really great jam into Svenghali ending; the jam back into Portal had an arcade game theme to it that made it very interesting.
The band was having fun. Everyone was getting down. The energy was thick in the air. It was a RUCKUS! Can you describe the ruckus, sir? Nope, it’s one of those you had to be there for.
This NYE show was the first away from the east coast in the band’s history. First set brought us a Run Like Hell opener. It’s not one of my favorites for a show and it seems to follow me around, but the band almost always knocks it out of the ball park and this time was no different. The band wasted no time getting the crowd bumping. Tricycle > Orch Theme > Spacebird was the heat! Straight up dance party! You could feel the energy grow with every note. It was great to see the band having as much fun as we were. Then they went into Little Betty Boop, which had a nice little jam and was a fun way to end the set.
As set two opened with Confrontation, the band picked right back up where it had left off in set one. The boys were firing on all cylinders. The jam from Confrontation into Morph was filled with energized Biscuits. This was all a Barber-led dance party. Barber was playing as if to prove to all of us that he still loved playing with The Disco Biscuits.
The Astronaut fell a little short for me, I think they just ran out of time. Helicopters countdown was awesome; the energy just kept building, filling the room. It was an amazing feeling if you were there. The first jam of 2012 was a filthy one and ended with some playful banter by Barber. The Shimmy > Vassillios > Voices > Shimmy sandwich is just what you would think it was, Ridiculous! The band was locked in and very in tune with each other. The all-your-bases-belong-to-us jam was off the hook and a nice way to work into Vassillios. Voices back into Shimmy was insane. It was probably my favorite of the weekend. It was a great end to a fantastic set!
By the time set three rolled around, I knew my time in Chicago was nearing an end and my 6:30 am flight was fast approaching. The Floes opener was exactly what I needed and gave me a shot of adrenaline that carried me through the set. My Lady Survives was a nice touch and beautifully done.
Although I personally would have preferred it to end the set, Rock Candy brought the party and energy back full swing. For me the set ended with their next song, a stand-alone Crystal Ball. Finally I got my full Crystal Ball that I had been waiting for. Kitten Mitts and Highwire felt like an encore without the band leaving the stage. Barber was having a blast with Kitchen Mitts. Highwire was a typical encore length, short and sweet.
All in all, I thought The Disco Biscuits threw one hell of a party. For the first time in a long time I was very pleased with the supporting bands. Loved Abakus and Alpha Data. Eoto threw down an incredible set. Future Rock blew me away…when did they get that good?!?! I would love to see The Disco Biscuits play a lot more shows away from their comfort zone of the east coast. This weekend brought us creative set lists and energized Biscuits.