, attached to 2017-09-01

Review by IntergalacticPeaceJelly

IntergalacticPeaceJelly I think after the bakers dozen, nobody knew quite what to expect at dicks--and still doesn't, I guess. There are so many songs on the table that the boys are ready to whip out right now, should they feel like it. Instead, last night they played one of the more standard setlists I've ever seen, with about as many 3.0 songs as 1.0. And they destroyed them. The first set started off hot with a type 2 Blaze On right out the gates, then held its energy like very few first sets manage to do.

That second set, though, was something else. Once they got going on NMINML, it felt like they were gonna go the whole set with it. Instead of the semi-usual tension and release jams they are prone to lock into these days, they went ultra-psychedelic. Page made extremely liberal use of his synths, and there were a few points where Fishman sounded like he had six hands. When they finally dropped into Carini, it almost felt awkward. They had been going so hard for so long that to be back in the middle of an actual song just kind of felt wrong. But then they were immediately back in the jam and it was like No Men's had never ended. I felt the same way when they dropped into ghost, but then they were right back in the jam once again. It wasn't until Hood kicked in that the jam felt like it had naturally landed itself on something composed. And we got a patient Hood intro, which is always nice.

Definitely a show worth a relisten. I've heard the second set a few times now and it hasn't come close to getting old. And the first set might just make you care a little more for a song or two you previously weren't a fan of.


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