The Disco Biscuits “side project,” Electron, has become a force to be reckoned with on its own over the years. The Marc Brownstein-led quartet, featuring fellow Biscuit Aron Magner, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead guitarist Tom Hamilton (whose fellow bandmate Joe Russo was the original drummer for the project in its earliest stages), and Lotus drummer Mike Greenfield, puts their own spin on songs penned by the bassist. Electron sets typically feature various covers by bands such as Pink Floyd, Radiohead, and even Hamilton’s former group Brothers Past, among others. This formula is sure to hold true for the group’s upcoming performance this Friday, April 21st at NYC’s Highline Ballroom.
What is essentially the definition of a jam supergroup, with a well-established lineup of the scene’s cream of the crop, this outfit creates some of the most insane improvisational and exploratory jams out there. The energy between four musicians, that are clearly the best of friends, leads to some of the most synergistic jamming you will find out there today, never mind the fact that they all happen to be in wildly successful projects of their own.
Pulling support for the night, along with double duty, will be Hamilton and his American Babies. Hamilton is undeniably one of the best songwriters in the scene today, with a penchant for crafting intricately woven songs that are both lyrically catchy and sonically appealing. With a talented lineup of Justin Mazer (guitar), Al Smith (drums), Raina Mullen (acoustic guitar/vocals), and Mark Sosnoskie (bass), Tom Hamilton’s American Babies are putting out some beautifully original music. Take a listen to their latest album, 2016’s An Epic Battle Between Light & Dark, and tell us we are wrong.
[photo courtesy of Scott Harris Photography]