, attached to 2015-12-31

Review by dumidiot

dumidiot Posted on PT, I think it holds true (few edits).
I had high expectations for tonight. I was in a bad headspace due to a cold that kept me home and on PT. I ate some pizza and got into it.

Set 1: Moma dance is a good opener I think. Dancey, light and fun. Possum is overplayed but this one was played excellently. Loved that Wolfman's a lot, and trey was on fire for these first three. The peak on wolfman's was unbelievable for a set 1 song! Next few songs kind of felt like they were distracted, probably by the anticipation of the gag. Reba started well and ended poorly, neutered compared to where it once was. I didn't hate it, in fact the first hap up through the beginning of the peak were great, it just felt like they were under achieving it. Walls was awesome.

Set 2: This is where I got angry. Everything up thru yarmouth felt like they were wasting time, and flow was poor to my ear. Maybe it was due to lack of covers to play with. Type 2 KDF essentially had to happen and it was pretty okay even if a bit predictable placement wise. I had a lot of fun listening to it. The abortion on Piper into that Twist makes me want to defund Planned Parenthood. Twist was cool, but trey seemed like he was on a different planet, not focusing. My dad fell asleep during it. Last little bit of twist was glory, but way too short. Trey needs to fucking practice, he needs to play faster and more aggressively in places. Playing whole notes for 90% of the jam is boring and frankly miles beneath him. Had very little hope for set 3 after that poor showing.

Set 3: Turned me around. No men through the end of Bowie is pure awesome. If you don't like this I really don't know what you're doing here. No men was inventive and fun and new. 20+ minutes taboot. Magic trick freaked me out and I was stone sober. Not sure if they ever even stopped playing, maybe loops helped. Blaze on was a pretty good jam, Carini was good as well but felt a bit more noodly. Bowie was about to explode, and trey pulled the trigger on shreddy major key type 2, but page said no. Hoarse (see what I did there, Page?)>Silent could have been good with energy, maybe a bug would have been a better cooldown tune, IDK. I'm not anti number line but that one paled in comparison to the passionate energetic showings of this summer.

Encore: Short and sweet, pretty fucking good.

Overall 4/5 (wish I could decimal it), and that set 3 is frankly fantastic, although it ended with a bit of a whimper. The biggest thing I want you to takeaway from this is to be critical. While it was in most ways a good show, trey can do better, and has done better through most of 2015. I wish we could encourage him to play more notes, because as evidenced by the Magnaball Gin & Tweezer>Caspian, and even the NMINML>Bowie segment last night, he can. And when he does, magic happens.


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