Headstash On The Road: Camp Bisco Day 2
- By Holly O'Connor and Alan VanToai
- Published on July 09, 2011
|Camp Bisco IX - Alan VanToai|
***Ed Note: Unfortunately, Holly and Alan are unable to send over pictures from the grounds at Camp Bisco. You know how tempermental Internet and cell phone service can be at a festival. In lieu of this, we've added pictures of cute animals. We hope you enjoy! And we promise to have a ton of pictures up after the weekend. Thanks for understanding.***
Day two of Camp Bisco started off with Shpongle live band doing a sound check at 9:00 a.m. – quite an exciting wake-up call! We caught Boston boys The Indobox on the Main Stage at noon and were blown away by their set. These guys have been playing at Camp for a few years now, but it was their first time gracing the Main Stage with their presence. Opening up with a Talking Heads cover was a welcome treat and executed extremely well.
[READ Coverage of Day 1 at Camp Bisco here.]
Back at the Dance Tent Jay Murphy’s project Up Until Now (which also featured his brother David of STS9 fame) played a very mellow afternoon set. The Murphy brother tag-team descended upon Camp Bisco with music that was smooth like butter. Vibes were right, people were grooving, girls were hooping and Murph was happy and healthy with a grin ear to ear.
Post-Dance Tent, Conspirator took the Main Stage, playing a lot of new songs. It was great to see RAQ’s Chris Michetti rocking out. It’s interesting to see how Conspirator has grown and evolved just like Camp Bisco itself. The drum and bass unit of Magner/Brownstein/DJ Omen that once put out “The Key” has now transformed into a full on rock band featuring Michetti fulltime and various drummers like Mike Greenfield from Lotus who sat in with them today.
The Magician took to the Dance Tent next and played one of my favorite sets of the weekend so far. His summer tuxedo outfit was a nice touch and he definitely pulled a few rabbits out of his hat. During The Magician, the unavoidable rain came down hard. All us veterans knew it was coming and were more than ready for it.
The rain began to fizzle out sporadically and just in time for The Disco Biscuits to open up with “Vassillios”. It started off a raging dance party that segued into “Rock Candy” and then “Lunar Pursuit.”
The untz was coming down hard and everyone in the crowd was getting down low. “Story of the Word” was next before it suddenly dropped into “Basis For A Day” as the crowd looked on in amazement.
Everyone’s hands in the air singing along to the “oooohhhs” is always magical, but for some reason it feels even more epic at Camp Bisco. “Catalyst” was the meat in our “Basis” Sandwich and it tasted delicious. This is one of my favorite of their new songs and was well placed within the raging first set.
“Bombs” was next, and it was raging – true to its name, blowing up at the audience. The palindrome continued back into “Ladies” and then “I-Man > Astronaut,” which featured an amazing “suspended in the air” jam – pure blissco.
Set I: Vassillios, Rock Candy > Lunar Pursuit > Story Of The World > Basis For A Day > Catalyst > Basis For A Day
Set II: Astronaut > I-Man > And The Ladies Were The Rest Of The Night > Bombs > And The Ladies Were The Rest Of The Night > I-Man > Astronaut
After The Biscuits, we headed to the DFA Tent for Holy Ghost. Their smooth Daft Punk remix to open up the set was extremely fun and everyone was loving it. Holy Ghost was really impressive, but I enjoyed the “Special Disco Version” duo of James Murphy and Pat Mahoney more at Camp 8.
Still, the beats were effortless, easy and not annoying. To end the set they jumped into a sloppy transition of Talking Heads’ “Naïve Melody,” but the upbeat sing-along vibe was priceless nonetheless. In true Biscuits form we ended our day with a festival sandwich – Talking Heads at the beginning and right at the end.
|Jon "The Barber" Gutwillig|
Saturday, the mud has dried up and the sun is shining high in the sky. Everyone here at Camp Bisco is excited for more music and more art installations. The PEX stage has been a nice addition to the weekend, featuring giant fire bursts after each and every Biscuits set. It’s been an amazing day so far and the weekend as a whole has been truly magical. Pictures coming soon – we promise!
The final day of Camp Bisco has Lettuce, Wiz Khalifa, Yeasayer, Paper Diamond, Pretty Lights, Bassnectar and of course, The Disco Biscuits on the bill.
Stay tuned for more coverage from Camp Bisco X.
[READ History Lesson: Camp Bisco Through The Years to see attendance figures, full lineups and logos from each of the past events.]
For more information including the complete schedule check out Camp Bisco's website.