THE DISCO BISCUITS | 02.16.07 | NEW JERSEY

Words by: Brian Bavosa :: Images by: Robert Chapman

The Disco Biscuits :: 02.16.07 :: Starland Ballroom :: Sayreville, NJ


Jon Gutwillig - The Disco Biscuits
02.16.07 :: New Jersey
An argument can be made that the single most important venue to the current lineup of The Disco Biscuits is either New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom or, just maybe, Sayreville, New Jersey's Starland Ballroom. Since the Biscuits' first shows there in May 2004 each trip has presented some extraordinary musical spectacles. Jon "Barber" Gutwillig (guitar), Marc Brownstein (bass), Aron Magner (keys), and newest addition Allen Aucoin (drums) made sure that this past weekend was no exception.

Thursday night saw only the second wheel-of-fortune type show ever, where Lady Luck decided the direction of the band, the audience, and the musical journey. The first appearance of the wheel was, fittingly enough, in Atlantic City on 10/25/02. This second spin of the wheel saw the band dust off some old tunes that hadn't seen the light of day in some time, but it was clear they truly hit their collective stride and settled in on the following night.

Friday began with a very lively "Mindless Dribble" > "Solstice" > "Mindless Dribble" sandwich, which fired up the crowd and set the tone for the evening. Most fans seemed out for blood after standing in long lines in sub-freezing temperatures awaiting entrance for the previous evening's show which caused them to miss the entire first set. However, "Solstice" was just the track to help relax the masses. A nice slow, reggae and Middle Eastern-esque jam took shape in the middle of one of Bisco's biggest mindblowers, "Dribble," which segued into "Songs of Joy." The set was rounded out by an absolutely delicious, danceable "Rock Candy" that left more than a few cavities in its wake.


The Disco Biscuits :: 02.16.07 :: New Jersey


Marc Brownstein - The Disco Biscuits
02.16.07 :: New Jersey
Although the show as a whole was solid, the night's highlights most definitely occurred during the second set. It opened with "Strobelites and Martinis," another of the weekend's bust-outs off of Bisco Lives 2. This tune was filled with Brownstein's extremely funky bass lines, while Magner's keys produced a swirling effect like a U.F.O was hovering just above the venue. Barber's simple, repetitive riffs and Aucoin's danceable beats laid the sprawling, spiraling groundwork for the weekend's final three sets, which spontaneously combusted into an all out dance party, thanks in part to this tune's placement and fury.

"S&M" wove its way through "Cyclone," eventually landing in "42." When I later asked Brownstein what he thought the highlight of the night was, he was quick to look in this tunes direction, saying "That was a lot of fun." Throw in a beautiful "Kitchen Mitts" and a "Munchkin Invasion" set closer, and even though "I come from the city" (of New York), I was more than happy to "come from the jungle" that Friday night, a jungle that I will forever think of as "Slayerville," New Jersey when the Biscuits roll into town.

02/16/07 Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ
Set I: Mindless Dribble > Solstice > Mindless Dribble > Songs of Joy, Rock Candy
Set II: Strobelights and Martinis > Cyclone > 42, Kitchen Mitts, Munchkin Invasion
Encore: Lithium

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Comments

Death Cube K starstarstarstarstar Fri 2/23/2007 05:36PM
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Death Cube K

jambase came to the show friday and we scared them outta hitting up the final night. Good Day sir

shooter1161 Fri 2/23/2007 06:59PM
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shooter1161

BISCO

roboticmunchkins starstarstarstar Fri 2/23/2007 07:34PM
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I like the review but you really should have stayed for the next night cause you still woulnt be able to compute what you heard.

zerox120 starstarstarstar Fri 2/23/2007 11:18PM
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zerox120

I loved the shows but that place sucks. They oversell to the point where theres not an inch in the house and the drinkers get shoved into tiny sections which aren't the floor.

The1AndOnlyDJCT star Sat 2/24/2007 08:54AM
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The actual music was great, but that place is terrible! I'm never going back there again. After driving through a lot of traffic to get there, they end up having me wait outside from 8:30 till 11:15 while everybody cuts the "line" that wasn't even moving! A ton of us stood out there in the FREEZING cold (I couldn't feel my feet) for hours in a line that wasn't even that long, simply because the people who work there were too inept to let us inside the venue. We missed the ENTIRE FIRST SET of the show! Not to mention, the security there is crazy, and the place was totally oversold. I hope the Biscuits never play there again. But I don't care who plays there, I'm NEVER going there again!

jhrt3349 Sat 2/24/2007 10:06AM
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jhrt3349

Starland Ballroom is the worst venue in New Jersey. After seeing the Biscuits there last year I couldn't bring myself back because of the overall shittiness of that venue. It looks like I made the right decision since people on line missed the whole first set? jeez man... how about the Biscuits just play 3 nights of Hammerstein from now on?

oreokookie starstarstar Sat 2/24/2007 10:27AM
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oreokookie

sayreville sucks, starland ballroom blows..oreo

oreokookie starstarstar Sat 2/24/2007 10:32AM
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oreokookie

I saw D.S.O. there last year, and had 2 tires slashed in the lot across the street (redneck v.f.w. vets). The venue is way , way out of town, in the middle of nowhere, wicked hard to find, and yes: security is psychotic. The only kool thing about the venue is it has a nice art- deco facade, and resembles some venues the dead uese to play at....oreo from new Haven

bag5039 Sat 2/24/2007 10:58AM
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the venue fucking sucks, bisco crowd is never fun especially with the new ketamine craze. the cops were fucking ridiculous, we got our car searched for throwing a cig out the window. biscuits raged tho and made it all worth it.

gladstonemusic Sat 2/24/2007 11:14AM
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bag5039 Sat 2/24/2007 11:20AM
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haha i totally agree, smokers do suck. It was one of my friends

lexslamman starstarstar Sat 2/24/2007 12:34PM
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Bisco rules... but about the venue: It's in NJ, what did you expect, Red Rocks? NJ's only halfway decent venue is Waterloo Villiage.

kewl Sat 2/24/2007 05:07PM
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Starland fucking sucks its a sweet little venue its dank so u can get real close but the security guards are fucking cock smokin faggots they think there bad ass when i saw moe. there a couple months back this one security gaurd seriously wanted to fight us lol so we called the 5-0 on his fat ass lol we told them we was drinking and threatining mad kids kew venue but shit staff

ganjjjj starstarstarstar Sun 2/25/2007 08:21AM
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ganjjjj

Never let the cops search your car, littering is not probable cause to violate your privacy.

Aorta Frequency starstarstarstar Sun 2/25/2007 10:38AM
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Aorta Frequency

Those are totally my fuckin Mardi Gras beads that Barber is wearing in those pictures.

shit was out of control!!! Biscuits laid it down (especially on saturday night).

2007 is gonna be a good year for the Biscuits!!!




who the fuck else got caught in that coat check. that was the most unorganized mess i'd ever seen.

biscokid42 starstarstarstar Sun 2/25/2007 01:14PM
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biscokid42

k craze lol

fischstix Sun 2/25/2007 09:51PM
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THERES A REASON THEY CALL NEW JERSEY THE ARM PIT OF AMERICA...... NEXT TIME COME TO FLORIDA :)

deftone984 Mon 2/26/2007 12:15AM
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deftone984

gladstonemusic, get over yourself

‹^› ‹(•¿•)› ‹^› {¬¿¬} starstarstarstar Mon 2/26/2007 03:35AM
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SilentMark Mon 2/26/2007 05:08AM
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Every show I have ever been to at the Starland has been fine, no hassles on any level, ymmv ... Oh and milesgone, take your ignorant and obviously uninformed rolled brain and NEVER come back as you have never been to NW NJ or the Pinelands ...

ThePuddler Mon 2/26/2007 09:27AM
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ThePuddler

i dissagree with thoose of you who say new jersey sux for shows. I must say that come summer time PNC art center in homdel is the sickest in new jersey. friday was the best night, i kept getting kicked by a really intoxicated dude behind all three nights. It was very different from other biscuits shows because the scene seems alot druggier than other shows. biscuits should play pnc in the summer to give outsiders a better perspective of what new jersey venues have to offer. i dont care ill put up with it to see a sic show

dedhed6111 Mon 2/26/2007 11:18AM
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dedhed6111

so trey gets busted and now all the hippies are anti-drug? Sheesh people get with it, let others practice personal politics as freely as they so choose

DigDug1810 Mon 2/26/2007 11:30AM
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after listening to this nite, and being there for saturday, saturday was a better show imo

and as far as the starland goes, it's not a bad venue, it's only bad for a few bands that go there

when i saw moe there back in october the place was fine, other than no smoking inside bars in NJ anymore, which of course causes problems for the sweet smoke.

I still enjoyed myself on saturday though the scene was very chaotic, to many young kids on too many drugs, searching for something that is right in front of them, the music, yet they have to continue to move about, thinking that where they end up will be better than where they came from.

the grass is always greener, huh people?

seriously though, for all the bashing that is going on for NJ, come visit my neck of the woods down here in SJ, you'll get a different look at NJ. I live on the outskirts of a State Forrest, Wharton State Forrest to be precise, and we have the largest aquafir in the world right beneath us b/c of the sandy soil.

So to all of those who call us the armpit of the nation, sure Norhtern NJ is dirty and all but that is mainly b/c all the commercialism up in that area, and the fact that it is so close to New York.

Bisco can't make everybody happy, they could have played in philly, they could have played in New York, instead they choose a half way point, and get slammed by everybody for making that call. and the reason for the problem on thursday was b/c of that traffic backup in Pennsylvania, the band got there late, and had to do soundcheck later than scheduled causing them to open doors late, and the fact that they had so many will calls, b/c they announced the show too late for mail order. Rumor has it that they played that extra show to cover some debt one of them got into during jam cruise, supposedly somebody had to cover one of the bisco boys tab, and bisco decided to do an extra night to make up for the tab, i guess they gamble heavy

anyway, im proud of South Jersey, and am all for a secession from north jersey.

in my eyes North Jersey should take New York City and break away from south jersey, we can have two states. We'll call New York City and Northern New Jersey (above Trenton) and we'll call it New York, the rest of New York gets a new name like, Yorkshire or some shit. Then South Jersey can be named Jersey

Im for it, anybody else?

oh yeah bisco melts my face and allen breaks snare drums, wow!

phalluscooper Mon 2/26/2007 02:25PM
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phalluscooper

dedhed6111 - There is nothing wrong with letting others practice personal politics. Those politics become OUR business within OUR scene when kids on Ketamine act like E-Tards and bring the unwanted attention to these shows. Ketamine is known as a date-rape drug to law enforcement. Common sense says that the police will be present and seek arrests.

Hippie? What hippie? Neo-hippies? What the hell is a hippie?

Open your mind too far and your brain might fall out.
(or have lesions from ketamine)

kewl Mon 2/26/2007 03:04PM
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i live on the top of jersey and we got a real nice area except there mad hicks so many rednecks in my school tahts ight they dont bother me but we got stokes state forest sunrise mountain which is incredible to look off if u ever have a chance i agree some parts of jersey is beat but dont knock that shit until uve been tyo the whole scence of jersey hey they dont call it dirty jerz for the dirtinezz they call it dirty jerz cause all the sick ass kids that come from there. you dig?

dedhed6111 Mon 2/26/2007 04:44PM
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digitalcopters starstarstarstarstar Mon 2/26/2007 05:24PM
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digitalcopters

i second that movement toward south jerzz seccession from the shitty north!! no offense, i know mad cool kidz from the north, but overall the place just sucks big balls.

WHEREisPHISH star Mon 2/26/2007 05:34PM
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get someone who actually knows about the biscuits to write reviews for their shows...

kewl Mon 2/26/2007 05:44PM
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digitalcopters where have u been in north jerz just curious or have u just heard shit?

bisco29 starstarstarstar Mon 2/26/2007 08:24PM
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kops came to the hotel room across the hall from ours,staff at the venue acted like ''tuff guys'',no one could move in the venue.but the biscuits some how made it all worth while.

cavemandan Mon 2/26/2007 08:46PM
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every generation has its schlick....50's had sock hops, elvis brings the erotic hips the dead and woodstock scene bring the obvious the Disco Biscuits bring it this century....yeah that thursday...i78 was closed and people were stuck on the highway for a couple of days in the cold... for 54 miles on ice.... i woulda tried to get them chains on their tires....but what do i know except come on largrenado!

jhrt3349 Mon 2/26/2007 09:55PM
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jhrt3349

i live in north jersey and yes, it does suck. the only good thing is that i'm 10 minutes outside the city and get to see all the crazy shows that roll through there so yeah, thers ALOT better venues then shitty starland. good thing birch hill closed down that place was a wreck. pnc isn't that great either, the sound really blows compared to some other outdoor venues i've been to. however, there actually are good places to see music in new jersey, you've just gotta find them.

DigDug1810 Tue 2/27/2007 08:37AM
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i concur pnc sound does blow, and the lawn is much smaller than the tweeter in camden, though that blows too b/c of it being in camden

i heard that the mann over in phila is nice but smaller, ah well, but yeah somebody write a review for the show with the heat 2/17/2006, common you all know it ripped 2/16

bag5039 Tue 2/27/2007 02:04PM
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your right dedhead- no one forces K on us. but all those motherf***ers that do too much of it are pushing everyone around and falling all over the place. Im not against drugs, but these bisco kids are ridiculous and self centered. They almost ruin the show for everyone else. I love bisco enough to go and deal with the bisco kids. but that doesn't mean that the show wouldnt be much better without them.

mickrod420 starstarstar Tue 2/27/2007 03:22PM
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i like 50% of bisco crowd (the ones that arnt self centered and close minded towards other music) and 100% of their tunes. I hate how when i am starting to get into a jam, i am rudely interrupted by someone quirkin out and convulsing on the floor to my right. You kids can get high and stuff, just know your limits because more than just your night it being ruined. high light of the weekend, hands down, was strobe light martini. See you at langerado.

torn&treyed Wed 2/28/2007 06:59AM
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like the biscuits not that big a fan, have nothing bad to say about them, but is that barber on a new guitar. a PRS maybe.... as opposed to that big hollow/semi hollow he used to play. I'm a ear head so I am curious

torn&treyed Wed 2/28/2007 07:00AM
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sorry gear head

jamman87 Wed 2/28/2007 12:38PM
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jamman87

ive been to starland plenty of times and it was never that bad till this year when they hired a shit load more security, they always oversell though wich is dumb cause the main floor isnt big at all...when i went and saw dark star there a few months ago it was great other than for the people too fucked up to walk who were slamming into everyone but the security actually wasnt that bad specially since the place is smoke free and it was boxed with that dank...but your just lucky the show was now and not in the summer cuz that place is like a fuckin sauna in the summer.

pheelalrights starstarstarstarstar Wed 2/28/2007 02:41PM
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pheelalrights

Aren't regular ole' doses enough for you kids? It's still relatively inexpensive and you can dance all night w/o bothering anyone other yourself.

pheelalrights starstarstarstarstar Wed 2/28/2007 02:42PM
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pheelalrights

Aren't regular ole' doses enough for you kids? It's still relatively inexpensive and you can dance all night w/o bothering anyone other than yourself.

Taossss starstarstar Thu 3/1/2007 08:23PM
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Taossss

these comments are starting to look more like a PT board.

the ARTICAL was well written. The star land ballroom sucks. Dick. period. coat check was fucked up and i got beaten up by security. so yea. and then i got fucked over by n00bs for a ride Saturday. so fuck that run. i too waited in the cold durring the whole first set and got in hearing the final SLATUMS! but yeah. biscuits throw it the fuck down where ever.

BubbbleHouse Fri 3/2/2007 11:25AM
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***hey never really got to into the biscuits, but im starting to pick up acouple live shows, Can anyone suggest acouple live Bisco shows that are a MUST HAVE

* I figure If i go by regular Jam standards any NYE shows are a plus. but any others where threw it down would be tight

--Thanks guys peace

shooter1161 Sat 3/3/2007 12:03PM
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shooter1161

get 11-19-06, 12-29-06, and 2-17-06

all 3 starland shows were evil, but it would have to be night 3, night 1 night 2 ranked from best to worst. leave it to jambase to write a crappy short article on the worst of a 3 night biscuits run. these guys are the best out there right now and they will prove to reign over everyone else, including UM and moe. peroid

phalluscooper starstarstarstarstar Sun 3/4/2007 12:50PM
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phalluscooper

22 MAR 2005 ~ Jam in the Dam ~ Amsterdam

http://www.archive.org/details/db2005-03-22dpa4022.flac16

Jam > The Very Moon > Helicopters > The Very Moon > Shem-Rah Boo > Spy, Nughuffer > Crickets(><) > Nughuffer, (e)Home Again*, (e)Aceetobee

ig0tmyxomatosis star Mon 3/5/2007 05:05AM
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guess who ever wrote up this article left before the friday night coat check frenzy began...

cavemandan Mon 3/5/2007 04:00PM
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well Bisco should be playing Meadowlands soon friends...just be patient... at least at those venues we know what to expect...yeah its a PRS....

sussio Wed 3/7/2007 07:25AM
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Just some information to anyone planning on attending the late night show in FL at Revolution. The staff/security are absolutly HORRIBLE! They will kick u out if caught smoking herb, but not before they grab you by the collar of your shirt and start pulling. They are all full of rage and ready to crack skulls, SERIOUSLY. The only reason i'm posting this comment is because the 'starland' reviews reminded me alot of Revolution. I expect there to be alot of negative posts after this show. Sorry to bring anyone down with this, I just had to get it off my hairy chest

Kenny Dolan starstarstar Tue 3/20/2007 11:42AM
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Kenny Dolan

Lets kids party how they want to party, don't fuckin judge

GumboJam Sat 3/24/2007 08:51PM
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WHY would he switch to a PRS??? Sorry... I hate PRS guitars. The epitome of the Bland Great Tone. They sound good, but its so generic and kills any individuality. Its no small wonder that both Trey and Jerry had their bands explode in popularity because of their 100% original, unique guitar sound. Same with David Gilmour, and Jimi Hendrix. These are people where all you need is a 10 second piece of music in order to identify them, because they each crafted their own unique tone along with their own unique playing.

I'm sorry, but anyone who plays a PRS is gonna sound exactly like anyone else playing a PRS. I liked Jon because he was original and played that sick Gibson hollowbody. Thats part of why his playing is so sick and soaring, just like Trey's. Its all because of the hollowbody.


anyway i'm sure its still great... I just hate PRS guitars haha.