, attached to 2017-07-14

Review by aybesea

aybesea I sometimes get beat up for my reviews, but I honestly just call 'em like I see 'em. This one was a tour opener and it sounded like it... reminiscent of the Bend opener in 2015.

What's the Use? was a great choice for an opener, and while it wasn't extraordinary it was so off the wall that it got me excited. Then the first set just kind of presented a collection of songs, all played well enough, but with no real stand outs... except maybe Everything's Right which just might become a really good jam vehicle given proper care and feeding. I headed into halftime saying "that was a really average 1st set".

Okay... that's what second sets are for... right?

NMINML had some serious possibilities. I mean, it certainly had the length, and it kept trying to get exploratory... it just never really got there. It kind of went sideways... too bad.

The other missed opportunity in the second set was the Your Pet Cat->Golden Age [and almost]->Your Pet Cat. By almost I'm saying that if they had locked into that sandwich and jammed it out, that could have been crazy good and really made the show. Instead it just faded off into [yet another] new Trey ballad.

The rest of the set felt to me like "let's throw a quantity" at this thing, and the songs are good ones... they just aren't particularly special versions of anything.

I'm always really skeptical of 20 song shows and this is the reason why... there's just not enough meat to go around. For me at least.

Looking forward to tonight's show... hopefully this is now out of their system.

Okay... flame away!
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