, attached to 2015-08-01

Review by raidcehlalred

raidcehlalred Most sets that open with 'long' Tweezers are going to leave many satisfied; and, for the most part, this is justifiably so.

A couple of things - and let's forget the date.

The band is playing great; and the purpose here is to take nothing away from them, or the excitement they are creating. Many people are pointing to song selection.... So this seems like the most interesting aspect of the gigs to analayze. Indeed, it has been cool. With SO many songs, set lists are going to (or should!) vary. So Jim and Undermind; Theme and Lope... Cool.

But, and this isn't to take a swipe, isn't Sand just Tweezer-lite? (Especially if both anchor a second set?)

And haven't we seen this quite a bit of late?

And I really, really love Trey's playing upon BDTNL.... The tone is warm, polished, and very pleasant to hear. Yet, time and again, I fined myself wishing I was hearing something different.

And Carini as well.

A tune doesn't have to be 20 minutes long to be amazing (see your Eureka Tweezers and your present Twists). This is NOT to incite discord; I am a fan of the song - Spac '13 was interesting, and, if I remember correctly, the Jersey show as well. In my opinion, the tune simply does not lend itself to 'cursory' treatment and is predictable.

If Waste is what's going to 'differentiate' the set.... I guess this was a long way of saying (and I believe someone noted this before) why not blow up some of the second sets?

From a _song selection_ standpoint, 7/31 is special.... I hope the next progression is for THIS to change. So much room for, say, Timber, Limb, Vultures, Lifeboy, pick your 'tour' bust out of recent vintage.... Anything. Not to be annoying, but it's 2015.... When you only get a handful of shows, it 'adds' up.

What seems deliberate is the band's interest in encores.... Which is very cool - but not at the risk of undermining a set.


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