, attached to 2012-08-17

Review by bmbrandx

bmbrandx I never thought I would write a review/response on here, but here I am! To all the people saying it was a mediocre set list, in consistant pacing, and overall an poor showing, that's like, your opinion, maaaan.

Being at the BGCA, with the band's volume dial turned up to 20, the energy in this place was absolutely EXPLOSIVE. When they dropped in and out of jams (the Antelope intro, specifically) the place would explode to the point of a deafening roar of grooves, funk, and full on euphoric non sensical sound explosions. Unlike anything I have ever heard at a Phish show. The sound was a bit muddled, but it brought a sound and energy to the building like anything I have seen at indoor and outdoor venues.

As someone who was on the floor of BGCA 100 feet from the stage, I can absolutely say they TORE THE ROOF off of that venue. The only down point in the first set as far as I'm concerned was Sample, only because it's not one of my favorites. Corinna always puts me in a good mood, Sand ebbed and flowed really well, Halley's Comet could have been longer and spacier but was solid, and then Funky Bitch just absolutely RAGED. They may have botched a number of jams and transitions, but Halley's > Funky Bitch caught me and everyone I was with by complete surprise. And even when they botched transitions and jams, it still sounded like a noise orgy in your ears.

Then the second set, yes, they played 2 "pace" songs, and could have done without Joy, but I have a soft spot for Velvet Sea. The rest of it, DWD > BOTF, Tweezer > Twist > Velvet Sea > Chalk Dust was something special in person and clearly the venue's energy didn't translate to the webcast.

I hated on this venue all the way up until the lights went down, and my tune completely changed once they hit the drop into Moma. Even after Starlake this year which is widely considered one of their best shows of first leg, this one was just flat out more FUN to be at. Jaded fans will be jaded, but most fan knows a webcast is NOT the same as actually being there, especially at this ghetto old high school gym auditorium that absolutely explodes with energy.

Can't wait for tonight! See you out there!


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