, attached to 2021-09-05

Review by Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe Sometimes I forget I’m sharing the same moments in time as the band onstage.

Sunday show at Dicks. Final night of summer tour 2021. The band was obviously ready to celebrate their achievements this summer but they were also ready to explore some of the new sonic territory they’ve been working through this summer.

To my ears Trey was actively holding back this summer from taking jams in the somewhat more predictable up, up, up direction, instead taking them wide and deep. Spacey dissonant malfunctioning robot sounds from Trey’s line 6 pedal helped take them in new directions and we get some of my favorite examples in the simple->catapult->meatstick segment. This is a must hear segment where the band sounds in top form relative to any era.

Last night though the band managed to take the jams up, wide, and deep. Sand, sigma oasis, and gin brought some glorious celebratory peaks. The ballads were well placed and well chosen. All of these dreams was a first for me and such a treat. SYSF delivered thoughtful poised jamming.

There wasn’t a space unexplored on Sunday at Dicks and it made for the most complete and flowing Phish performance of the summer in my opinion, and that’s on a tour full of similarly successful outings.


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