Beats and Biscuits at Camp Bisco VI
Once again an annual event, the Disco Biscuits Camp Bisco festival relocated to Mariaville, NY for its sixth installment and most electronica-heavy yet. As promised, not only did the Disco Biscuits deliver a bonus set for early arrivals Thursday night, but the quartet offered a surprise set Friday after traffic prevented Simon Posford from arriving onsite in time for his set with the New Originals (bringing the Disco Biscuits grand total up to six sets). While Camp Bisco VI featured a number of jamband heavyweights, including Umphreys McGee, The Breakfast and Bustle In Your Hedgerow, the festival distinguished itself by presenting electronica and dance groups like Infected Mushroom, Girl Talk, the Juan McLean, King Britt, Orchard Lounge and OTT. Once he arrived onsite, Posford performed in a number of configurations, spinning material from his Shpongle project, joining the Disco Biscuits and STS9 drummer Zach Velmer for a version of Conspirators Orch Theme and offering the first North American performance by his lauded Hallucinogen and Dub project. Zilla, EOTO, STS9 (who performed both full band and Live PA sets), Digital Frontier, Grimace Federation, The Join and Future Rock helped bridge the gap between Camp Biscos electronica and jam styles. Lyrics Born and Slick Rick featuring the Adam Deitch Project also gave the festival some hip-hop flavor.
The Disco Biscuits showcased a mix of old and new material throughout their multiple sets, ranging from rare numbers like Rainbow Song and Sound One (a song the group had not played publicly since its author Sam Altman left the Disco Biscuits in 2005) to new songs like Papercut, Glastonbury, Terminates and Rockafella the group is considering for its next studio album. On Saturday Brothers Past/American Babies singer Tom Hamilton fronted the group on a first time cover of Muses Take a Bow, while BioDiesel drummer Johnny Rabb sat-in on Pilin’ It High (a few days earlier Disco Biscuits drummer Allen Aucoin also played with BioDiesel at Brooklyns Studio B). Other highlights included an inverted version Above The Waves, Magellan and Basis for a Day.
On Friday Disco Biscuits keyboardist Aron Magner played keyboards with King Britt, who produced several tracks on the groups forthcoming album. Aucoin also sat-in near the end of King Britts set, before String Cheese Incidents Michael Travis showed off his bass, guitar and programming skills alongside Jason Hann in EOTO. Other festival highlights included Future Rocks set of Daft Punk covers (including onstage dancing robots), upcoming New Groove of the Month Grimace Federations nod to Arcade Fires Neighborhood #3 and the New Deal/Brothers Past collaboration The Join (during which Jon Gutwillig took the stage to throw glowsticks into the audience). Girl Talk also won over many new fans with his quick mash-ups and Digital Frontier did the same with early risers during their beats before breakfast noon spot.