May 4, 2006

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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live pack culls the best output from the final series of shows played with long-time drummer Sam Altman, who has since been replaced by Allen Aucoin.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


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