Last night, The Disco Biscuits kicked off their four-night New Year’s Eve run at New York City’s PlayStation Theater. The show was solid from the start, with the band diving head first into a fiery first set with little adjustment or warm-up needed.
Notably, the first set saw the group spend the majority of their time jamming through the middle sections of the songs—the “Apple Butter Toast” section of “Mindless Dribble”, the “Wearing A Towel” section of “7-11”, and the “Suspended in the Air” section of “Astronaut”—making for a highly unusual setlist from the start. After the “Astronaut” ending, the Biscuits hit the relative rarity “Sister Judy’s Soul Shack” before closing the set with the well-paired, albeit somewhat opposite juxtaposition of “Reactor” into “Spectacle”.
As for the second set, the Disco Biscuits returned with “Astronaut” into “Air Song”. A highlight of the dialed-in set two was “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy”, a tune that’s been played every December by the group since 2011 and has become a staple of their New Year’s Eve run since 1999. While the beloved Tschaikovsky was light and delicate, the Biscuits came of the song with a vengeance, making for a harsh and gritty transition into the end of “Reactor”, which was a particularly patient and driving jam throughout.
Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | PlayStation Theater | New York City, NY | 12/28/2017
Set I: 7-11-> Mindless Dribble (Apple Butter Toast)-> 7-11 (Wearing a Towel)-> Astronaut (Suspended in the Air)-> Astronaut (ending), Sister Judy’s Soul Shack, Reactor-> Spectacle
Set II: Astronaut-> Air Song-> Svenghali (inverted)-> Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy-> Reactor (ending)
Encore: World is Spinning
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