Webcasted this show on Friday night. I'm giving it 4 stars for the two debuts as well as the nice jamming in the second set.
Overall I enjoyed couch touring this show and it was a good start to the SPAC run. Being only the second show of the tour I didn't expect anything too crazy, but I'm glad they did debut some songs, since I predicted they would play something new at Bangor and they didn't.
First set: I really enjoyed pretty much the whole thing. Glad to hear Mike singing the new reggae tune. It has a catchy guitar line in it and very Mike/Phishy lyrics. The rest of the set after that was played well. Nellie Cane is one of my favorite covers and I'm glad they took a stab at My Friend, My Friend, even if it wasn't perfectly executed. The Cities -> Bowie is my favorite segment from the first set. Very cool jam out of cities into Bowie.
Second Set: Very unique and interesting song choice. I like that they opened with a new cover ala Golden Age. They have similar themes to them and I'm sure we'll see more of Energy this summer. Then comes Light. Pretty groovy performance. I've listened to it a few times already and each time I hear something new. The last 3-4 minutes are pure gold, but it's a little meandering before that. Interesting transition into Mango Song, but I liked the placement. 46 Days also came as a bit of a surprise to me, but it was jammed out nicely.
Steam. Finally! It has returned in glorious fashion! I've been waiting to catch another one since seeing the debut at Blossom in 2011, and I was bummed not to get one last summer. Drowned seemed an appropriate choice given the weather in Saratoga Springs this weekend. I didn't find anything particularly special about Drowned, but I really enjoyed the patient building and climax in Slave to close out the set. Character Zero encore..pump up the energy at the end of night 1!
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