May 4, 2006


   Home Page

 News & Features


 Columns & Opinions

   Publisher's Note





 Pop Culture



   Video Games
   CD Reviews




   Grazing Guide



   Music Roundup

   Live Music/DJs

   MP3 & Podcasts





 Find A Hippo




   View Classified Ads

   Place a Classified Ad




 Contact Us

   Hippo Staff

   How to Reach The Hippo

 Past Issues

   Browse by Cover

Disco Biscuits, The Wind at Four to Fly
Megaforce Records, 2006

Seated high atop the list of hockey-rink-filling road-dog bands you’ve never heard of, world-traveling electro-fusionists Disco Biscuits have plenty to offer jam fans whose innards roil at the thought of granola-chomping Jerry-worship. Although their sitcom-length note storms occasionally step into baby grand honky tonk (“Little Shimmy in a Conga Line”), the Biscuits incline more toward slick space-rock/classical mutations cut with Allmans breeziness. Guitarist/frontman Jon Gutwillig is a mature, tireless Dickey Betts type whose seemingly boundless guitar suggests Spyro Gyra tutoring Phish, an approach which, juxtaposed with Aron Magner’s Rhodes keyboards and synth change-ups, opens the nu-70s door that has rejected many a keycard.

This two-disc live pack culls the best output from the final series of shows played with long-time drummer Sam Altman, who has since been replaced by Allen Aucoin. Gutwillig’s bare-walls tenor is college-kid-innocent, rarely pushing for more height than Yo La Tengo (or what your buddy could gracefully manage after a couple of saki bombs), thus providing an air of hometown DIY to what could otherwise be a snobbishly perfect example of arena godhood A-
— Eric W. Saeger

Comments? Thoughts? Discuss this article and more at