, attached to 2022-07-20

Review by devwil

devwil This is all going to sound more negative than I mean it to, and I'm not feeling negative overall about the show. But here goes:

I just kind of feel like everyone was a little tired, maybe. For band and audience alike, I just didn't feel like the energy was there overall (despite Trey really shredding in spots and Fish laying down some really energetic grooves at times).

Night one was such an exceptional (and maybe mutually exhausting) show to try to follow. They weren't likely to match or exceed its quality, and I didn't expect them to.

But outside of like... "Kill Devil Falls", "Party Time", and a much-needed "David Bowie" (to literally get me and my neighbors up out of our seats again)... it just felt like a night where everyone was having a nice time but nobody was having a sustained great time. (Night one was very different: I feel like everyone was pretty thrilled and impressed all evening.)

Night one's jamming felt remarkably melodic, whereas night two didn't feel as inspired to me. "Split Open and Melt" got wild and dissonant but only felt interesting to me in a sort of academic way. This feels blasphemous to say, but... truthfully, too many songs just felt too long to me. To my ears, they would often run out of musical ideas before they ran into the next tune. Nobody wants a return of Ripcord Trey but the other extreme isn't particularly satisfying either.

But like I said: it was a nice night! And there were strong highlights! But even just judging from the crowd reaction from night to night (and then there's my own reaction too), I can't call it an especially strong show.


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