, attached to 2013-10-26

Review by deceasedlavy

deceasedlavy Trey is still struggling like crazy through most of this show. You can hear the hollow moans of feedback between the notes threatening to undermine everything he does, particularly in...well, the whole first set, and then the Theme and Mike's and encore. However, he does rip a fantastic solo in My Soul, and there's some great group interplay in Simple, and also the beginning of the Bowie jam, until Trey awkwardly fumbles to the climax and then butchers Zero. He seems back on top of things in Drowned; when he plays that amazingly triumphant lead out of the blue and the band turns on a dime to follow him, it's a lump-in-throat moment, but then he just basically stops playing and the rest of the band can't pick up the pieces as he fiddles around and lets it fade into Light, which might be the best jam of the tour so far. Incredible group funk action. Sadly, the whale comes out to ruin Sand, and Mike's is some serious what-the-fuck, serious worst-ever candidate. Trey's playing also in NQ is godawful. Paug is actually pretty nice, not dynamic or anything but mercifully competent. Still, the tour is inching towards decency, or rather, Trey is; everybody else is doing fine but when Trey's this off Phish kinda sucks.


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