Photo by Dave Vann via @discobiscuits on FB
The Disco Biscuits wrapped up their annual Camp Bisco music festival on Saturday, welcoming original drummer Sam Altman and offering a set of space-themed songs to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
For the band’s first of three sets, original DB drummer Sammy Altman sat in alongside current drummer Allen Aucoin for five tunes including two songs he wrote, “Floes” and “Onamae Wae,” as well as tracks from his era of the band like “M.E.M.P.H.I.S” and “Magellan” and the band’s new cover of Blondie’s “Rapture.” Altman initially left the Disco Biscuits in 2005, but has remained in the band’s orbit. He stepped in for a sick Aucoin for a single show during their 2010 New Year’s run at NYC’s Terminal 5, subbed on guitar for Jon Gutwillig in 2010 for a few songs at New York’s Brooklyn Bowl and joined the band for a surprise sit-in as recently as May 2017 in Portland, Maine, among other shows. In June, he also performed with members of his former band at Disc Jam as part of John Kadlecik’s West Philly Fadeaway.
Later on Saturday, as previously mentioned, the Disco Biscuits’ second set consisted entirely of moon and space-themed songs to honor the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. The set was entirely jammed-through, with an opening “The Very Moon” sandwiching cuts like the Super Mario level theme “The Moon” and “Lunar Pursuit.” An “Astronaut” jam also segued in and out of “Spacebirdmatingcall,” before a closing “Wet” (a song that includes the lyrics “Where did I meet you and where do we go?/ And as our bodies fly through space/ You feel like someone I know/ Where did I meet you and where do we go?/And as our bodies fly through space/
As if the sky were always grey/ You look like someone I know.”
By the end of the day, the band’s third and final set was highlighted by an extensive take on “Spraypaint,” which emerged mid-way through the show, but emerged once again, after departures into “That Sample Has a Name,” “Catalyst” and “Tricycle.”
The Disco Biscuits ended their 17th Camp Bisco with the very-appropriate “Home Again.”
The Disco Biscuits currently have no announced dates on their schedule, though Marc Brownstein will tour with Star Kitchen, Aron Magner will continue to work on SPAGA and Aucoin will perform as DrFameus.
Watch full-show video and check out the band’s full Saturday setlist – as it appears in out Box Scores section – below:
The Disco Biscuits
July 20, 2019
Camp Bisco 17, The Pavilion at Montage Mountain, Scranton, Penn.
Set I: Floes^, Onamae Wae^, M.E.M.P.H.I.S.^> Rapture^, Magellan^
Set II: The Very Moon > The Moon > Lunar Pursuit > The Very Moon >
Astronaut > Spacebirdmatingcall > Astronaut, Wet
Set III: Mulberry’s Dream, Save The Robots, Spraypaint > That Sample Has a Name, Catalyst > Tricycle > Spraypaint
Enc: Home Again
^with Sammy Altman