, attached to 2018-10-24

Review by Campster

Campster I tuned in for the webcast.

Soul Planet & 2001 was a fun and funky way to kick off the show, although I do not like the former song, the jam was solid enough and the 2001 kept things moving. 555, Farmhouse, Halfway to the Moon & Waste were all objectively pretty poor renditions (although the Halfway jam at least kept me engaged). The error on the first notes of the Waste solo was particularly egregious. MFMF was a good set list call, but I didn't find this version too solid. Trey seemed to be really having an off night, and the slop fest of a Maze that followed was another confirmation. That said, hard not to fist pump to that tune.

Bathtub Gin offered the set some saving grace, and was frankly a very interesting version, with multiple movements and false returns to the theme. Very organic jam that covered tons of ground without ever leaning on the Bliss crutch for too long. Only thing missing was a massive peak, but I will take this type of jam all day. Great stuff. Overall pretty weak set, but the Gin is definitely worth a listen.

Set II had some killer song selection and on paper looks like a real winner. In execution I found it fun, but not overly compelling. Disease is a reliable workhorse and this version is plenty enjoyable, but not overly noteworthy in comparison to many other second set opening outings. The move into Crosseyed was good though, and that tune is also a reliable bit of fun. This one had some interesting moments. Nothing too long and they chopped into Scents, with Trey struggling with the opening to my ears (again an off night for him it seemed). Scents had lots of teases and a full on Party Time jam, which must have been a hoot live in venue, but this type of show is not always the best from the couch. Boogie On is always welcome and I enjoy the late second set placement they seem to be slotting it in lately (7/23/17 and 7/24/18) and just like night one of BGCA in the summer they go for a Hood to follow, which is nice.

Antelope encore is of course fun, if not too well played. Overall this wasn't a "bad" show per se, and I am thinking live would have been a lot of fun, however, in my opinion this show was pretty weak with Trey struggling quite a bit and nothing too notable outside the Gin. Just one man's opinion from his couch though!


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