, attached to 2014-07-13

Review by dutchbug

dutchbug Great night. Superb venue. I was right in front of the stage, completely clear-headed. I felt I really understood the decisions the band made. Sand was a gutsy funky opener but they didn't want to burn out. Went into Winterqueen, which was pleasant and mellow. The sky was cloudy and there had been a brief shower prior to the show beginning. They wanted to wake back up with a good challenge so they did Reba, they seemed to decide this after a bit of conversation. Reba probably also seemed like a good idea because it has a definite ending. We got 2 animal songs back to back, which made me think of Noah's arc. Some people really freaked during Maze (and called Bowie, btw). The joke of Maze really made me chuckle. You can never get out! You can never get out! And then all of the sudden buddump buh dump dump dump you're out! Split clicked for me on another level. During this song, the band exchanges complex packets of information. This seemed to really contrast with Tweezer, where the information is not as complex yet still JUICY.

I was able to sneak off from the front to grab an egg roll and use the bathroom between sets. The crowd was calmer and thinner than prior nights where I had just had to hunker down between sets. CDT is a special song for because last summer I always played it while driving for work. Trey seemed to be searching for something and fiddling with peddles and I expected a ripchord at any moment. He and Page went into this thing where they do long soothing drone tones, which I think is meant to calm Trey down. Light appeared to be a (successful) attempt to focus things and have some vocals. When things were focused, they went into Tweezer, which was super funky. There was a great break which I dug. Some serious crowd craziness during this. Things were getting kind of tense.

Velvet Sea took the intensity of Tweezer and channeled it into a ballad. I feel that ballads are a great moment for the band, but personally, not always my favorite moment as a listener. Sing Monica is truly a triumph of the Wingsuit Era. They've written a song as good as something The Wedding Present could write. It's a vibrant song full of fun. Slave signified to me that the set was ending, which was kind of a bummer.

BDTNL was perfectly appropriate. They seemed to want to play it, which was fine by me. At Tweeprize, I was hoping for a YEM or Fluff afterwards. Don't know if that was possible on any level, but I was sad the show ended. Quick walk of the 103rd St. Bridge back to Manhattan. Good stuff.


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