Camp Bisco is back. This year’s fifth installment of trance-rock pioneers the Disco Biscuits outdoor, end of summer electronica party contends to be better than ever with a highly eclectic line-up that boasts such prolific acts as The Roots, Younger Brother and Thievery Corporation. As in years past, Camp Bisco V focuses both on the homegrown live electronic jam scene as well as some of the mainstream electronic world’s heaviest hitters. Brothers Past, Pnuma Trio, Lotus and Future Rock will all be there, right alongside RJD2, Brazilian Girls and The Juan Maclean. But most importantly, the newly revamped Disco Biscuits will perform four sets of their own distinctive, genre-bending blend of classically infused, electro-jam rock.
This year, Camp Bisco will be held at the beautiful Catskills ski resort on Hunter Mountain, August 25th and 26th. After recently adding three late night shows on the preceding Thursday (Quagmire Swim Team, Lake Trout side project – Big in Japan, and the return of Moshi Moshi), the festival hits full swing Friday afternoon, with three stages offering festival-goers ample opportunities to catch all the music they can. Throw in both on and off-site camping as well as a half dozen hotels and motels in the area (plus on-site flush toilets separated into Men’s and Women’s, and a cafe style food court), and Camp Bisco V will be the most accommodating and well equipped version yet.
It’s a busy time for the band as they finalize last minute details, but Glide caught up with Biscuits’ virtuoso guitarist Jon Gutwillig
and head-bobbing bassist Marc Brownstein while practicing in their Philadelphia studio. We talked of Camps past, the present state of the band and just what it takes to put on such an innovative and gem-packed festival.
“Where do you begin?” starts the Disco Biscuits’ well-spoken and articulate Brownstein. “The idea behind the festival has always been there. We’re staying true to the concepts of the festival. There