, attached to 2015-08-01

Review by JMart

JMart Do you ever get that feeling when you show up to a show, like, you and the other 10,000 people there are the only ones who just can't let go of the past? Like you're the only ones who just can't accept that they hey day of this band was a long time ago, and you should just get on with the business of being an adult? I've had that feeling more than I'd care to over the past several years: stagnant setlists, uninspired playing (lookin' at you, Trey), plodding jams, RIPCORDZ, etc.

And then there's 2015, at least thus far. I streamed both of these Atlanta shows (thanks kush bush), and the magic was obvious even then.

Every time Tweezer gets played, the expectations are so high. I prefer my Tweezers dark and funky; this one goes light and airy and gets sufficiently stretched out. I like how they play the idea out and let it end. Not every second set song has to have an inventive segue or be chopped short- there can be something in between. I'm not one to rush to anoint things as "best ever" right away, but this BDTNL...it has to be the best one ever. Trey actually sounds like he cares. There was a review on here earlier about how learning to do songs with choruses and small solos fo FTW has really helped Trey relearn how to tell a story with a solo...I couldn't agree more here. It's a beautiful several minutes. Carini was a really inspired call after that, to push the mood back to dark and angry. Things got heavy and weird before Waste, which I feel like they play halfway through the second set when things are going really well. Sand rips funk. Everyone sounds like they mean business the entire time.

RNR was a really inspired choice for an encore, especially considering how few covers they've been playing since NYE 2013.

I turned off the stream so excited. Right now is a great time to be a Phish fan. I don't feel like I'm holding onto something that's not really there anymore. The band we love so much is consistently delivering the goods and I couldn't be happier.


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