, attached to 1993-08-16

Review by hewins

hewins This show was one of a few that I caught in this summer of 1993. A few days after the epic show at the Murat Theater in Indianapolis, we got back to St. Louis (where I lived at the time) for my second show at The American Theater.

Back on 4/14/93, Trey’s friend Roger Halloway got on stage and asked his girlfriend Jen to marry him (She said yes). And Trey made reference to Roger this night too. I think he was there again. So that was fun.

We managed to get right up to the front for this show and could sense something different about the mood right from the beginning. When Trey came out on stage he was uncharacteristically wearing a knit cap (and maybe sunglasses, I can't remember) and was acting energetic and a bit odd (looking back now, I am thinking high on something.) So, Axilla was a great, up-tempo opener. Right into a good Possum and then Horn. Horn was played quite well and I really love the composed section of this song.

As the above reviewer said, the Reba is the highlight for me. It's an amazing jam, with particularly great ideas and playing by Trey. It gets into a great mood right away in the jam and soars in a way that is not typical of the (possum-type) sawtooth soaring guitar notes followed by a period of dissonance and then back up to another soaring note. This was something different and special.

Sparkle was the overplayed song of that era and I usually could do without it. I feel like that song is their Bouncing Around The Room, mark II. In any case, the Foam was great and got to a completely silent section that was super fun to watch. I remember the Melt being great too, but it's totally out shined by the Reba. Just get a hold of this Reba and check it out. You won't be disappointed.

I come back to this tape (I say tape because I listened to that cassette over and over again before I got it on CD and then eventually iTunes) often and listen to this first set a lot. In fact, I didn't even have the second set so I don't really have that much to say about it because I can't remember the particulars just from having been there.


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