THE DISCO BISCUITS: HOME AGAIN

 
I can't wait to see where we're at in a couple years. We're on a path going upwards, and we're not going to stop until we reach Madison Square Garden.

-Allen Aucoin

 

After Altman's decision became public, then came the transition period. The band would perform sporadically over the next year and a half, mainly pop-up gigs and two or three-night runs in and around the mid-Atlantic region. In May of 2005, the remaining members of the Biscuits would reach out to several dozen drummers on the scene, some usual suspects, some unknowns. Auditions soon ensued, as drummers were given ten or so Bisco songs and then were brought to Philly to demonstrate their chops. It was a grueling process that encompassed several months of sound and soul searching, and lots of playing. By the time November came along, it was decision time. With two "Drum Off" shows at The Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in New Jersey featuring four sets with six finalists, it ended up being the last drummer to perform that would be the last one standing.


Allen Aucoin & Jon Gutwillig by Jake Krolick
That man was Allen Aucoin. After tackling some of the Biscuits' most complex and intricate material such as "Hot Air Balloon" and "Save the Robots," it seemed rather apparent Aucoin would be a proper fit. "It was very intense. I knew I had to come with it," says Aucoin.

Two weeks later, the band still hadn't made up their mind. Soon after that, Aucoin received a call from Gutwillig, who extended an invitation to join the band. "That was probably one of the greatest days of my life," he explains. "The first call from Dan [Berkowitz - tour manager] was in May. He gave me ten songs to learn. My jaw dropped, and I almost dropped the telephone. I was completely shocked. Then I came up in June and auditioned. Marc and I seemed to instantly click. I didn't hear back from them for a while, so I thought that they were just being nice and I kind of gave up on them."

Lucky for Aucoin, he didn't. Neither did the Biscuits. Since just after the Drum Off, The Disco Biscuits have become whole again and things couldn't be better.

"Life is grand, but there's lots of work to do," explains a jovial Aucoin. "I've learned probably about 90 songs, still got about 25 more to go. It keeps me busy, that's for sure. It's been a lot of fun. They're all really, really good musicians. Everything is very serious; they're all really dedicated to what they're doing."


The Disco Biscuits
So who is Allen Aucoin? Well, for starters, he's one hell of a drummer. Before the Biscuits, he manned the kits for Georgia-bred Skydog Gypsy. Even then he was admired for his style and prowess on the skins, but Skydog was a very different band. They were more inclined to stretch their material out and to delve into experimental space, primarily sticking to straight improvisation groove rock. Getting acclimated to the Bisco sound, one would figure, might be a daunting task, but for Allen, the transition has been rather smooth.

"I'd really kind of already changed my playing style before the Biscuits," says Aucoin, referring to his steady work with DJ Drizno who helped him learn electronic drumming styles, such as drum n' bass, trance, jungle, down-tempo, and dub. "Playing with the Biscuits, I've had to really focus and learn what progressive trance is all about. They've got it down to such a science. With the Biscuits I've been able to hone in a little more on what I do as a driver of the jam."


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