I have been thoroughly enjoying following this run so far, of course with all of the anticipation of what a post-GD50 Trey was going to sounds like coming back into the fold. Now, I'm totally gonna be that guy but to set aside all of the highlights thus far, and there have been many, I've gotta say there have been quite a number of times from Bend 1 through LA where I've been scratching my head thinking "WFT is going on with the timing??"Yes, I've heard that quite a bit too. I think the band needs to adjust to Trey, not Trey to the band, in this issue.
With as tight as certain songs have been, there have been many examples each night where the timing just goes to shambles, even with as musically straightforward a tune as "Ya Mar" - and yes, there have been moments of flubbing written parts, but that's to be expected to a certain extent. What I'm hearing in particular is that coming off the GD50 run, Trey is sort of slowed-down in terms of pace, for lack of a better term, or maybe still in a mindset of GD pace to an extent, and having trouble finding footing in a lot of Phish tunes. I have a hard time explaining it, but it's very noticeable, at least sitting at home streaming the SBD's.
I would almost say that the band sounds most locked-in playing the new material, which is of course exciting to hear. Already a few of the tunes are destined to become favorites and rotation regulars.
LA highlights for me: No Men's, Roggae, Slave, YEM
As far as my scrutinizing the screw ups go, it's mostly from a place of curiosity. I think GD50 had a big impact on Trey, and I'm interested to see how it continues to feed into future Phish. There are just a lot of moments where things don't sound as tight as they should and I have to wonder if it's they looseness of GD playing that's the cause, or if the band is still getting their sea legs under them on this tour...
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