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Published: 2008/07/22

Postcards from Camp Bisco

The Disco Biscuits hosted their seventh Camp Bisco festival over the weekend in Mariaville, NY. As in years past, the three-day festival placed jam-rock acts like RAQ, Tea Leaf Green and U-Melt alongside electronic acts such as MSTRKRFT, Shpongle, 2020 Soundsystem, The Egg, LA Roits and Amplive, the latter of whom won over many new fans with his mashup of MGMT and Peter, Bjorn & John. Camp Bisco VII also continued the Disco Biscuits exploration into the world of hip-hop, boasting performances by the team of Cut Chemist & Younger Brother Live, as well as Snoop Dogg, who arrived with a full live band. Snoop seemed slightly confused as to his actual location, asking the crowd on several occasions if they are ready for his current tourmate 311, who was not on the festival bill. But, by all accounts, the famed-rapper seemed to enjoy his Camp Bisco experience and told the festival’s promoters he’d return ‘anytime.’

Throughout the weekend, the Disco Biscuits offered six sets of music, including a marathon three-set performance Saturday. The group also used the occasion to bust out some special material, ranging from the older number ‘Trucker’s Choice’ to the seldom played ‘Tricycle’ to a cover of Rage Against the Machine’s ‘Killing In The Name.’ Likewise, the group also unveiled the new originals ‘Meditation,’ ‘Killing Eleven’ and ‘Chilled Briefly,’ the latter of which is allegedly about the bulletin board Phantasy Tour. A new cover of Justice’s ‘Phantom Pt. II’ was also rolled out.
Another weekend highlight was the first East Coast performance by the Younger Brother live band, which features the Biscuits’ Marc Brownstein as well Joe Russo and Tom Hamilton, in addition to British producers Simon Posford and Benji Vaughan. Ultimate proof that the Disco Biscuits’ world has fully meshed with the British psyc-trance scene, for this performance Posford, a noted DJ, tried his hand at electric guitar. Younger Brother vocalist Ruu also sat in with the Disco Biscuits on ‘Air Song’ during their set.
Meanwhile, Disco Biscuits drummer Allen Aucoin offered several additional sets under his alias Dr. Fameus, including a DJ set, a drum/DJ set with DJ Drizno and a private set in a VIP tent for fans who purchased their ticket packages through But, electric musician Zack Hagan earned the weekend’s endurance award, playing multiple sets throughout the weekend on all three of the festival’s performance stages.
At the end of the Disco Biscuits’ performance, the group also looked ahead to the fall, confirming that they would ring in New Year’s with a five-night run in New York City. The Disco Biscuits will perform in Tulsa, OK on July 25 at DFest.

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