, attached to 2015-06-05

Review by Grrateful

Grrateful This was my first venture into the world of side projects and I have to say, I walked away feeling highly impressed at how versatile Mike (and the band) is. Not only from a music perspective, but also by the intricate stage setup and the wide array of instruments. Mike and Scott brought out their clear guitars which displayed lights that would change with the music being played. Apparently they add to them every tour (my friend told me they didn't change in rapid succession last year). This worked well with the backdrops on the stage which were large squares with a foil-ish material on the front that reflected the stage lighting. Theatrics aside, the music is what drew me in. I have been familiar with Mikes solo stuff for quite sometime so I knew a lot of the songs, such as Ether, Say Something, Surface, and Meat obviously. Mike spoke for a bit on the new songs they were working on and we got treated to the originals, Here Today and How Many People Are You. I didn't know what to expect from the jamming aspect, but soon realized Mike was taking us places. Spocks Brain was such a treat, and the band went into a dark state of funk and rock that melded together like chocolate and caramel. On completion I turned to my friend with open eyes and nodded; I think I was left speechless. Scott is a fabulous guitar player and fits in perfectly with Mikes heavy sounding bass (I mean his bass would literally echo). Before the encore, the audience cheered for an encore. I mean they actually worked for it! There was a great deal of admiration leading up to Yarmouth. People started clapping in unification and as Mike and the boys come back on stage he proclaims, "I get the feeling this is a party town." If there were any parties going on that night Mike, it would have been a Mormon Chili CookOut compared to filth at Charleston Music Hall. Thanks for one hell of a show boys.


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