, attached to 2013-07-10

Review by n00b100

n00b100 First set is fine - pretty crunchy Stealing Time and Ya Mar is welcome in any set, but not much else to report. The second set, though, hangs together very well and is most certainly worth your time. C&P books along until it drops into a more relaxed stage (Mike's bass notes an excellent counterpoint to Trey and Page's twinkling notes), then starts picking up the pace while still retaining an otherworldly feel, before coming to a full gallop and reaching a nice peak. Fish's modulating of the jam is also worth a few listens; he really is great at giving nudges or pulling on the reins.

Hood pops up next, and it's an unexpected choice, but a pretty nice standard version. Axilla then barges in to raise the energy, then comes a grimy and chilled-out Sand (another Mike showcase), which finds some plinko-inflected funkiness and looks to travel beyond its boundaries...that is, until Trey pulls the third rug out from underneath a jam in 3 shows and steers the band into Light (again, listen to the band, *still* in the Sand jam, have to adjust), the only low point of the set. Fortunately, the Light jam covers up a lot of the ill will, as things get atonal and (yet again) Mike-driven, before heading into major-key land and coming to a warm conclusion (with a charming Maria tease). As though cognizant that they just played a fine set, they roll into 4 straight set closers to end things. One wishes they'd maybe ditched one for some more meat in the jams, but after the music they *did* play it's hard to begrudge some crowd-movers.

I'm reminded of Star Lake 2012 a bit, actually - right down to the neat jam that gets cut off early for Light (which, hey, as @johnnyd has noted, there's no real good way to segue into Light, so it'll almost always sound jarring anyway) and the parade of set closers that come after the really strong meat of the set. I suppose a complaint can be made about the jams occupying the same space as the SPAC run, but with the quality of the jams and the still relatively small amount of shows played so far, it's a minor quibble at best. We might not have gotten the killer set of the summer yet, but we are inching closer and closer. Give this one a listen.


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