, attached to 2015-09-06

Review by slugsack

slugsack For the first time to my ears the first set did not feel deliberate, like it had on the previous two nights. The songs jammed nicely and weren't cut short but none were stretched out and the band still got exactly the same number of songs in the first set as each other night.

The Mule Duel (including Fish on the marimba), Birdwatcher and Frankenstein were great fun, watching from home. That front row experience is pretty sweet with these songs and I wholeheartedly recommend viewing stuff like this as video. The Frankenstein took an extra measure in a few places, it was extra rocking.

A word on the gimmick(s). So, there wasn't a spelling gimmick in these sets, at least not an obvious one and if there is one Trey said it was "scrambled" by Harpua. That was a clue, so I take it to mean there's an answer to be found. All three first sets had the same number of songs and there may be something in there, once the letters are unscrambled. There may be two gimmicks to this series of shows, one being a puzzle the other being rather obvious.

Like the previous two nights, the entire second set was a continues flow of music. The transition from Tweezer to The Horse was exceptional and you could see the whole band was feeling very good about their sustained ability to play Silent in the Morning, actually very good considering how often it is played. DwD was a monster, as was 2001. Piper was short, sweet and to the point.

Like the previous two nights the encore was outstanding nobody could had been made happier by this or either of the other two encores. They just killed it with the encores.

A word on United We Stand. This song is either a joke or it is really insulting. If anybody can get this opinion to the band, do so ASAP. We shouldn't ever have to be exposed to that again.

BTW, one time when Harpua went unfinished, it got finished in the next festival. So, be on the look out for the narrative to get completed.

FWIW, this show is about as good as it gets. If it doesn't put an enormous smile on your face, you need to take a hiatus.


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