, attached to 2018-10-24

Review by mattybweston

mattybweston Howdy from the couch ya'll!

I agree with most above that this effort was average-good, with Trey really appearing to struggle in spurts (555, Maze, Scents, Boogie) but having a fantastic time on stage with some nice dance moves and recognition of the efforts of his teammates. I thought it was particularly inspiring to see him lay back in Boogie On and literally boogie on to the groove laid down by the other three. Being a gear head it looks to me that Trey is still getting familiar with his newish rig, particularly his new monster CAE switcher. On the webcast you could watch him drop out entirely and fiddle about with some stomp switches until he landed on the particular combination he wanted. Not that that is anything new but certainly more pronounced since the introduction of the super switcher for Fall TAB in 2017 (it's a 24 switch monster and can be seen in detail on treysguitarrig.com). His default position in a jam last night was lots and lots of echo and pitch bending (and maybe some reverse echo in the second set....), which led the whole band into deep space on multiple occasions.

Page ran away with our family's MVP voting. Every time I watch a webcast I am awed and inspired to see his ability to create phrases on the fly and the deftness with which he can subtly shift the song dynamic and direction by switching instruments. Oh yeah, and he ripped HTTM and Gin. It seems so much easier to isolate his sound within the mix when you can see his hands (as opposed to Mike- whose pick hand is moving even when he's not hitting a note).

Overall Fall 2018 has been a positive affair with some sustained chunks of real gutsy improvisation. I counted at least 4 distinct changes in last night's Gin that the entire band latched on to. And while none of them took off for the stratosphere as we might have hoped it is clear that the communication lines are open and the band appears happy, healthy and limber.

Stay safe on tour and be kind to each other. We love you music nerds.

Team Disco Buffalo- Matty, Michelle, Bodhi and Avery in Austin - Texas - Earth


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