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Published: 2001/07/20
by Ian Koudstaal

The Disco Biscuits- Mishawaka Amphitheater, Bellvue, CO 7/5

Providentially billed as Bisco Inferno, The Disco Biscuits graced the stage of Mishawaka Amphitheatre for what would be one of the most intense and intimate performances of their career, and for this music addict, the greatest live musical experience to date. The setting of the Amphitheatre was quite beautiful, as walled by steep, arid mountains, the wooden stage was centered in an oasis with a pacifying river flowing directly behind. As the band took the stage to commence the show, adrenaline showered the eager audience and the Trance Fusion Express took flight.

Set one kicked off with a raging Morph Dusseldorph that would set the pace of the ensuing musical journey. The following jam covered a number of peaks and valleys before skillfully navigating its way into the end of what would be a phenomenal dyslexic Spacebird Matingcall before cashing in on the round trip ticket to destination Morph Dusseldorph. With a brief pause under the belt the Biscuits drifted into a peacefully ambient Very Moon that exploded into the intricately played composed section before heading off into more uncharted musical territory. This next adventure meandered at the clip of a mountain goat charging its way uphill until it summitting onto the groovy plateau of Shelby Rose. Launching out of the composed section The Biscuits patiently spiraled their way up to the climatic apex that was the ending of an inverted Overture. Turning on a dime the band tightly executed the composed section from scratch. The high energy of The Overture’s complex intensity reflected on the following jam that returned to end the set with Shelby Rose.

News From Nowhere kicked off the second set with a happy-go-lucky groove that warmed the horde’s dancing muscles. In order to ensure that the show would loose no momentum the band broke into a powerful, re-worked Bring Your Ass To The Party. The jam raged hard until subtly turning pace into a more spacey trance groove that melted into Crickets. The Biscuits then climbed steadily to a uniquely intense Basis for a Day. The band then spent the rest of the set piloting their way between these last two songs several more times, intertwining spectacular jams, until the set came to an gorgeously abrupt halt with the closing of Basis for a Day.

The Disco Biscuits rolled onstage with an opening cover of Janes Addictions Three Days that served as an eye opener as to the magic that would occur afterwards. Informing the crowd that the band would “play with the river,” they cast away into the most peacefully ambient Magellan ever played. The playing was so delicate that the river was still audible in the background and all could not help but just sway from side to side with jaws dropped in admiration. The jam journeyed before collapsing into itself and restarting a build into the song Floes. Played in its entirety the song flowed into the end of Magellan, progressively regressing to the ambience from which it embarked. Pygmye Twylyte followed, as the band moved back to top speed, followed by Aron Magner's new tune Sly. Following this song, the site owner came out on stage and amiably informed everyone that the crowd was welcome to stay on his property as opposed to driving anywhere and there were some onstage jests that the venue had been purchased on behalf of the Biscuits so that they would be able to host weekly festival events. Erica Lynn Gruenberg then took the owners' place on the stage and joined the Biscuits to close the set for an intimate, meaningful Home Again. The band then returned for a long rendition of Mulberry’s Dream before taking bows and bidding all goodnight.

A personal note: The crowd gave an extended ovation before slowly but surely dispersing and migrating to their sleeping real estate. But many were left wandering in an awe-struck state that lasted until the sun rose. Perplexed by the experience that they had endured, unsure of what to think of it all. I was one of those people.

“Earlier this morning, as I sit upon the bow,

In the distance, my homeland, but I just don't know how.

Years along the sea, and I thought I'd find the sun.

Once around the world, and now I think I'm done.”

-Jon Gutwillig

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