, attached to 2003-07-17

Review by Bob_Loblaw

Bob_Loblaw This show is incredibly deceiving.

On paper this show looks fantastic, Chalk Dust opener, Divided Sky to close a set, Tweezer 2nd set opener that segues straight into Makisupa, Antelope closer. It seems like a homerun from start to finish, how can a setlist like this not deliver?

Well unfortunately for the most part it does not. But the failure of this show is not necessarily in sloppy playing or short ripchorded songs. But more in the aimless meandering in their playing. Sure Wolfman had some decent stuff coming out of it, but it was a replica of every Wolfman from this year. The majority of the first set seems mailed in.

I look at the setlist for the second set and see a 22 Minute Tweezer to open. This seems like a no brainer for a great fresh jam to reset the show. Unfortunately the aimlessness continues as the guys relentlessly try and find something to connect to, what is left is a series of failed attempts and nothing at all interesting in 22 minutes. Most of the rest of the set also feels mailed in and has a heavy sense that they have no idea what they want to play. The saving grace and star of the show IMO is Antelope. It's pretty solid from beginning to end and a great version, unfortunately the damage has already been done. A very boring encore only adds to this.

Definitely on the low end of shows from this tour. But Antelope is worth checking out.


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