The Disco Biscuits at 1STBANK Center, 1/25/14

Categories: Concert Reviews

Brandon Marshall

The great thing about Bisco Inferno weekend is that you get two nights packed in with the fans in the intimate Ogden shows, providing its own level of energy, and then they stretch out to the space of 1STBANK Center, where the lasers get put on steroids. After two wonderful shows preceding, the audience had decently high expectations for the 1STBANK Center, and the Disco Biscuits delivered.

See also: Marc Brownstein of Disco Biscuits: "I feel like we are the best we have been in years"

Brandon Marshall

Opening the show with a free-flowing jam with a digital feel, they transitioned smoothly into "Gangster," kicking off the night with one of the high points. Rock and roll screeching and psychedelic sounds came from guitarist Aron "The Barber" Gutwillig, showing that he was again ready to play Guitar God (and again wearing his white pants). The jam sounded like raw, chunky bliss, a churning machine of rhythms and patterns that sounded fantastic in the more cavernous arena. It felt like he was making his guitar scream more and more to fill that room with his sound, and it really worked.

Brandon Marshall

The act played a "Basis for the Day" ending fakeout and went into "Mindless Dribble," a sexy, synthed-up tune that sees the intro bass line melody that was then copied slightly on guitar and keys until they were all in a mellow groove. Aron Magner took things up a notch with his waves of synth that washed over the crowd like the lapping of an ocean as the guys built the tension stronger with each rising measure, never quite getting a big peak as they went into an inverted "Spacebird." The lasers seemed to be about three miles long stretching across the venue straight to the back, and every time they came on people cheered as if they were a fifth member of the band.

Brandon Marshall

You couldn't help but notice just how cohesive the band is right now. Despite going into various unfinished and inverted songs, the sound was smooth and the transitions were so smooth that you barely realized that the group moved on until the tempo is different. From "Spacebird," they went into a perfume version of "Pilin it High(er)" and delivered a slight variation of the song that was recorded on 2001's They Missed the Perfume album. As they ended the set with "Little Betty Boop," we once again got to hear the band thrillingly building up to the climax and then hitting piercing peak after peak, assaulting the ears and eyes with strobe lights until the crowd lost its mind.

Brandon Marshall

"Above the Waves" started up set two, and the circus-like melody grew into the beautiful compositional piece that sounded like you are fighting a boss at the end of a level in a Nintendo game. Leaving the song unfinished, the outfit went into "Spraypaint," with Brownstein throwing out "Disco Inferno" bass line teases once again, before moving the mellow beep-boop sound into a faster-paced untzy tempo and then launching into "Cyclone," playing faster and faster as the audience frantically danced harder.

Location Info


1STBANK Center

11450 Broomfield Lane, Broomfield, CO

Category: Music

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