Time is precious for Aron Magner. Not only is the Montgomery County keyboardist balancing two bands, Conspirator and the Disco Biscuits, Magner is the proud father of five-month old twins.
“Life has definitely changed with them,” Magner said while calling from his Lower Merion home. “They’re evolving. I don’t have to burp them. I can put them to sleep.”
The children’s arrival inspired a move from South Philadelphia to the suburbs last year.
“Moving takes a lot of time but I felt it was something we needed to do,” Magner said. “It was hard to leave my old neighborhood (Front and Moore streets) but we felt we needed to move on. Considering schools, I felt it made more sense to move to a suburban school district rather than spending so much money for them to attend Germantown Friends.”
Fortunately Magner is a ball of energy. He has the time for a move, babies and bands. Conspirator, which is touring behind its concert document, ‘Unlocked: Live From The Georgia Theater’, will perform Saturday at the Trocadero.
Conspirator, which also includes fellow Biscuit Marc Brownstein on bass, has some common denominators with Disco Biscuits and some differences.
Conspirator’s drum and bass sound is a bit more adventurous than what the Biscuits deliver. However, both acts thrive on improvisation.
“We can both jam,” Magner said. “But the thing is that I love having two different outlets. Musically, there are different elements but both bands share similar philosophies. Both bands go off on tangents.”
Conspirator and Disco Biscuits often render each other’s material at shows. “It’s fun to do that,” Magner said. “However, the arrangements are altered so the songs sound different when we do a (Disco Biscuits) song and vice versa..”
Magner has taken a page from the late Jerry Garcia’s book. “Jerry used to do this all of the time,” Magner said. “He would take Dead songs and turn them inside out when he played solo.”
Magner, Brownstein and the rest of the Disco Biscuits will reconvene in July for Camp Bisco. The eleventh annual party is slated for mid-July in Mariaville, New York.
Expect Disco Biscuits to start working on new tunes during the summer. “Expect us to write and record a song and we’ll put it right out,” Magner said. “Albums are on the way out. I think the best way to go for both bands is to make songs and release ‘em. Create a song and get it right to the public. It’s a great time to be in a band.”
Or two bands.