, attached to 2022-07-23

Review by ThomasFunkyEdison

ThomasFunkyEdison Bethel night 2 took a long time to get going. Evening Song is a supremely horrendous way to open night 2 on hallowed grounds. TITC kinda got things going a bit, but it wasn’t the punch needed to reset after the mega downer opener. Continuing the lackluster show was Vultures and My Sweet One — two songs that I usually enjoy, in this already deflated set didn’t add anything. Undermind had a great jam tacked onto it and was the highlight of the set for sure. FEFY is another tune I love, but again, this was tucked in the middle of a sloooowww show. The rest of the set is whatever, Suzy seemed to get things going but ghost was meh.

For sure set 2 had to rip given they held back the last set and most of Friday right? Nah. Opening this set w a short caspian was a miserable choice. Crosseyed could have saved the set, but despite its length, it was mostly aimless noodling. Miss you to follow that? Cmon dudes. SYSF jam was pretty cool, but they never really seemed locked in. Weaving back into Caspian instead of continuing to jam was a total cop out given how lackluster the caspian was. It was a lazy segue and served no purpose other than to ripcord a jam. Twist and Carini were neutered.

The encore could have been cool, but they started with a sloooow tune. Horse->silent has its place in so many spots, but not as an encore in a slow show. FYF felt like a slap in the face, and while I enjoyed the Fire, they should have either opened the show with it, or opened the second set with it and jammed the hell out of it. So many cool things they could have done with that idea, but it felt like too little too late.

The whole second row of the 100s secretion had left before the show was over. I’ve never seen so many people not dancing / sitting at show in my short career.

Hands down the worst show I’ve ever seen.


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