RIGHTEOUS: The Disco Biscuits at Jannus Live
Virtuous. Legendary. You choose the superlative. The second set by Disco Biscuits last night (Sunday September 19) at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg was all this and more. After a solid first set, the boys put us into orbit, closing the three-night outdoor abbreviation race in Florida (St. Augustine, Ft. Lauderdale, St. Petersburg).
We will call “the boys” Barber (Jon gutwillig, guitars, vocals), Magner (Aron Magner, keyboards, vocals), Brownie (Marc Brownstein, bass, vocals) and Alan (Alan AuCoin, drums, percussion).
They opened with âRivers,â a mid-tempo track featuring Barber and Magner on vocals that rose in intensity towards the end. They stopped as Brownie asked, “What’s up, guys?” Good to be back. âThe response from the crowd was weak at best. We will come back to this theme, as too often fans don’t respond with as much enthusiasm as I think, expecting to be entertained without working. for that.
Brownie did the vocals on “Sister Judy’s Soul Shack”, with support from Magner and Barber. Magner uses his full line of keyboards and synths, and here his piano work was absolutely delicious. As they digged, Barber’s brilliant guitar came to the fore.
There was another brief hiatus before releasing an incredible streak with âAbove the Wavesâ and IT. WAS. TO. For the next hour, they hypnotized. Alan was a titan and Magner’s synths were spinning everywhere. Brownie had the boldest (biggest?) Tone I can remember. The jam gave way to “Crickets (middle)”; it was just a killing. Everyone was on fire and they returned to “Above the Waves” to complete the first set.
Jannus Live has a strict 11pm curfew. The first set started at 7:36 am and ended at 9:01 am. The second set opened with a nasty “Funk Jam”. Eight minutes later, they switched to âMunchkin Invasion (unfinished),â and the tension was palpable. the dove almost immediately in the jam, Brownie and Alan so much, very deep in the pocket. 23 minutes later there was the slightest pause and “Caterpillar” was called out, the voice oscillating between Brownie and Barber. The jam leaves, and the crowd leaps! Magner danced across all of his keyboards, with an excellent electric piano interspersed with Barber’s shredding as âSpacebirdmatingcallâ emerged. It was HUGE!
There was another change when Magner let go of the clavinet, and the jam skyrocketed for the ending of “Digital Buddha”. It was 10:43 am, and Brownie thanked us for coming. It was the best set I’ve heard from The Disco Biscuits, but you could almost hear a fly fly; the response from the crowd was disappointing.
Again, we – the St. Pete crowd – did not deserve a reminder. Fortunately for all of us, the group had other ideas. Barber walked over to the microphone, talking about having fun. Then he said, âWe’re going to pick up where we left off. “
That would be a gross understatement. They absolutely set the âdigital Buddhaâ on fire, blowing us all away. It was so powerful. Finally, a minute or two after curfew, they returned to “Caterpillar” to close a legendary set and night.
Feature image courtesy of Jeffrey Scott Meehan.
Pre-match photos by Silky strokes.
Live views are screenshots of the video for “Rivers” and “Sister Judy’s Soul Shack”.