, attached to 2017-07-14

Review by Hamphish

Hamphish I'm honestly kind of shocked that the show as of now has a sub 3.5 rating, due to both personal opinions and my assessment of what .net like in general. I'm gonna take a jam-centric approach to this review to save me some time, but I thought songs were played pretty solidly throughout, continuing the trend of the past 2 years.

This show has incredible relistenability to my ears. Wolfmans isn't strictly in the box, signaling they meant to explore today, and that came true almost immediately afterwards. Everything's Right jam GOES places - they're loose, trying new sounds, and exploring a nice dark space, getting a little funky before the end. Page, as mentioned by others, steals the show in pockets with the synth. If this was in set 2, they might not have cut it off after about 8 full min of jamming, and I can only imagine where that would go...this is an instant welcome addition to the repertoire.

The No Men was solid ambient type 2, very pretty and mellow, with Mike and then Trey exploring excellent textures. Page is on and off the synth as in Everything's Right, with classic "2017 Sound" (I say this jokingly, but if this is indicative of the year's jamming I am 100% down). Actually as I relisten to this jam I'm upgrading from "solid" to "enthralling". To a previous reviewer saying this goes sideways, take me sideways more.

Oh, and I haven't gotten to my favorite jam of the night. Guys, this is the most exploratory jam out of a Halloween '14 song - where's the noise? The pre-GA cat takes a Dayton Jam-esque space to my ears, modding from funk to space rock, with the GA filling in for Slave (the segue is a little rough to me). After a what is to be a Tweezpian-sequel setlist debate maneuver, there are a few more min of this fantastic jam space (in Golden Age's key, I'll add - so I want to say it's not a sandwich...). Fantastic stuff.

Hood is a consistent wildcard these days, and I'd say infusing mountain jam and WTU makes this Hood as pleasant, gripping, and fun as it sounds on paper. This rounds out a great trio of exploratory jams in the second set.

The other new songs: Leaves I think will grow on me the same way Wingsuit did. Could use vocal work though. The reggae one...let's just say when I take my family to their first show at MSG in a few weeks, I hope they don't play this.


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