The Disco Biscuits: Rocket 3

By Chris Clark

From Philadelphia via New York City, the Disco Biscuits' latest live release, Rocket 3, delivers yet another trademark performance from one of the principal purveyors of American electronic music.

Since the rock opera Hot Air Balloon debuted on New Year’s Eve 1998 at the Silk City Diner in Philly, the Biscuits have come a long way. While this impressive 2004 New Year’s Eve performance was originally considered for The Wind at Four to Fly, released earlier this year, Rocket 3 arrives as a limited edition of sorts, coming three years after the initial installment of TranceFusion Radio, which burst open the live Bisco vaults with highlights including Broadcast 1's mind-blowing "Crickets" and "The Very Moon" sandwich, and Broadcast 2’s "Gangster" intro to a liquid, flowing "I Man.”

Rocket 3 is a farewell to a long beloved incarnation of The Disco Biscuits. It offers the Biscuits choice three-song 3rd set from the 2004 New Year’s Eve show at the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC, and musical highlights abound. As the departure of founding drummer Sam Altman approached, the genre-shaping quartet had a fire in them that's became commonplace in Bisco culture. Rocket 3 delivers a driving performance by a band that operates outside of normal boundaries.

Undoubtedly, the Disco Biscuits are at their best live, but it’s these special nights - the top of their mental and physical game nights - that define their prime. Climaxes appear throughout in this extremely fan-friendly set including the commencing wave riding of the triumphant, 33-minute "Magellan," and the seamless transition from "Frog Legs" into the end of "Crickets." What's apparent is the band’s ability to find a cohesive place like the slowed down, keyboard-driven, down-tempo section in "Crickets" that turns upbeat, Barber-fueled guitar release. Actually, the entire "Crickets" is worth several listens, as is the whole album. The departure of Sammy meant the end to an era, the end to the anchor that stood consistent in the background, but as the evening closing "Hope" suggests there's still plenty of fuel for the future.

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[Published on: 12/20/06]

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atw123 starstarstarstar Wed 12/20/2006 11:23AM
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the magellan from this fantastic. worth picking up the cd simply for that.

biscuits-n-phish Wed 12/20/2006 06:37PM
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biscuits-n-phish

SICK.

phreak89 starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/20/2006 09:10PM
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phreak89

i'm with atw123 man. i picked this up shortly after it was released and as soon as i head "Magellan" i was at peace. a beautiful set and "Wind at Fout Fly" is just as insane. can't wait to see Bisco on hte 7th too. it's gonna be good.

charlton. starstarstarstarstar Thu 12/21/2006 08:14AM
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charlton.

i love this band.

and this album. "hope"

samboard starstarstarstar Thu 12/21/2006 10:50AM
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samboard

i've only seen these guys twice, in sf at the filmore. i had a friend from philly that would send me shows all the time and i loved them. i gotta say, the to filmore shows were not good. just one of those bad nights i guess and my bad luck.

need to see them again and need to get this disc. they rip.

PHILLYDANGEROUS starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/3/2007 08:24PM
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PHILLYDANGEROUS

The story is one hudred percent true and Disco is almost better then sex

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They need to learn to sing well or dont sing at all.
its my only gripe.. I may as well sing for them!!
or any of my friends. I love the instrumental jams.
Just not the singing... its just not any better than myself..
peace ya;ll

cavemandan Sat 1/6/2007 11:21AM
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The Biscuits are so good that the vocals really mean nothing. Kind of like an super rare antique's value doesn't depreciate much because of condition. The rarity is what makes it valuable.If you are looking for perfect pitched vocals then go to an opera. The vocals are fine, since it is them, and the only thing that makes you in this biz is being yerself. You cant really say bob dylan or tom petty or Jerry had great vocals, yet..... case closed....hehehe

Hanover starstarstarstarstar Sun 1/7/2007 11:09PM
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Its not the vocals that are significant in this instance...it is the depth and wonder invovled with the LYRICS. They are lyricists, not vocalists. They are poetic and i thoroughly enjoy when they sing as much as those great jams.



Bisco is the SHEEEZZY!

Zarathrusta Sat 1/13/2007 09:49AM
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Zarathrusta

I love Bisco they are by far one of my favorite bands to see live. Although Jambands put on the best best shows when I listed to music at home I prefure other genres. That being said the only Bisco I have on cd is Transfusion Radio Broadcast vol.3. Can anyone suggest whether this or some other live album would be best to purchase next.

MGRIFFIN starstarstarstar Tue 1/16/2007 08:57AM
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seeing brock rip it with bisco on Jam Cruise was SICK. also their (bisco) first show on Jam Cruise this year was AWESOME

phishmanxx starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/22/2007 07:40AM
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Henry Chinaski -

This is well worth your purchase, as is The wind at Four to Fly....easily some of the best live music that is out there today, and i listen to just about everything. Not to stray from the biscuits, but another great live disc is Railroad Earth's "ELKO". This disc and RRE's disc are two must have for any music fanatic's collection.

sherasta starstarstarstarstar Sat 2/3/2007 09:01AM
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sherasta

I love these guys! I can't wait till sayreville!!!! SICK