A Lumpy Start

10.18.13 (Jake Silco)

10.18.13 (Jake Silco)

As Phish stepped into Hampton Coliseum for the first time since their comeback weekend in 2009, the place was half-empty. Few in the building were familiar with such environs, especially since the last time we gathered in Hampton, Virginia, tickets were going for $500! I didn’t think that the sparse environs would play a part in the actual show—and perhaps it didn’t—but the band played their most mellow show in memory to kick off Fall Tour. But it wouldn’t have been a Phish show without any adventure, and on this night the band fuel injected all of their adventure into a redonkulous version of “Carini”—a piece that immediately stands among the best jams ever dropped in the storied round room. But other than this paradise voyage, the show was delivered as if not to offend any one, and it wound up being just a bit too tasteful for many fans that were chomping at the bit.

10/18 Official (J.Flames)

10/18 Official (J.Flames)

Halfway through an inexplicably mellow second set, someone reminded Trey that soundcheck had been over hours, and when Trey got that message, he tore into “Carini”—a jam that defined this show in full. Settling into a growling mid-paced jam, the band locked into the pocket and never looked back, crafting a multi-thematic voyage that deserves any and all fans’ immediate attention. As the band moved through an extensive period of darkness, they flipped the switch on this already impressive piece, and built it to a scintillating, Allmans-eqsue blues-rock peak. Trey hit upon a lick of glory and transformed this melody into the guiding light of the jam that would bring the band to the mountaintop. And just when you thought Phish had brought another 3.0 classic to a bluesy peak, they broke shit down into funk textures that reinvented the jam on the fly. Moving into an entire jam-after-the-jam, the band continued to bring the house down with rhythmic interplay. In fact, this segment built an entire theme unto itself before the band finally wound their way down. If you caught the webcast, you already know, but if you haven’t heard it yet, sit down with this “Carini” with your morning coffee—I guarantee you will have a better day for it.

10.18.13 (J.Silco)

10.18.13 (J.Silco)

Any musical highlights other than “Carini,” however, were few and far between. The only other true meat of the show came in the set opening “Twist”—the first version in such a slot since Philly 2003—and the oddly placed “Roggae.” “Twist” seemed like a very peculiar choice from to kick off the second set, and although the band moved into an impressive ambient lair, the jam felt a bit short of complete as they drifted into “Free.” Following the opening couplet, the band played a searing rendition of “Roggae,” a song usually reserved for less highlighted placement. This “Roggae” captivated the room’s attention in full, raising the eyebrows of quite a few skeptics. But when Trey started playing “Sparkle” in the middle of the second set, I literally leaned over to my friend and asked, “What’s going on?” And then they played “Cavern.” Finally, the messenger bird made it’s way down from the rafters and delivered Trey the word, prompting him to “Throw something down for the kidz before things turn sour!” And so he did.

Hot versions of “Number Line” and “Antelope” closed out an underwhelming set, but when the band plays something of the caliber of “Carini,” sometimes its all just gravy. 2013 has seen slight step backwards in the quality of tour openers, as Bangor and now Hampton’s first night, have carried the vibe of warm up shows. But even in warm up shows, Phish can still deliver the goods, and I bet that when this run is all said and done, nobody will have forgotten Hampton’s “Carini.”

First set notes: A solid, though standard first set kicked things off with solid song selection and energy. “Jim” and “Stash” provided the first dips into full-band improv, but in truth, this was a warm up set through and through.

I: Wolfman’s Brother, Runaway Jim, Mound, Chalk Dust Torture, Army of One, Nellie Kane, Stash, Ocelot, Rift, Bouncing Around the Room, Walls of the Cave

II: Twist > Free > Roggae, Sparkle > Cavern > Carini > Backwards Down the Number Line, Twenty Years Later, Wading in the Velvet Sea, Run Like an Antelope

E: When the Circus Comes, Suzy Greenberg

10.18.13 (Jake Silco)

10.18.13 (Jake Silco)

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399 Responses to “A Lumpy Start”

  1. P.S.H.S Says:

    What????

    http://Instagram.com/p/fqWrQKPagC/

  2. P.S.H.S Says:

    ^priceless expression of funkyness

  3. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    @jeff from page one. you don’t have to read miner’s review- nobody is forcing you and if you thought the show was great, that is wonderful. however, bring some sustenance with your thoughts. your comment is full of doucheyness.

  4. MiA Says:

    I just had delicious PEI oysters and crab cakes and Stone Self-righteous on tap.

    Not feeling so ragey. Kinda need to lay down infact.

    (Will still rage though)

  5. MrCompletely Says:

    Roggae. nice.

    hope all is well and fun is being had

    half full mothership is weird

  6. MrCompletely Says:

    are people really surprised when Roggae is amazing these days? they’ve been pretty much killing that song

  7. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    not half full, just most of behind the stage was empty, and the floor wasn’t TOO crowded

  8. William H. Bonney Says:

    Show notes. First set was all over the place. Fishman a little off. Sound took about half the set to get dialed in. By stash it was on. Seemed like they wanted to come out the gate strong but needed time to get the rigging up. Second set highlights twist roggae and of course the Carini. Circus comes to town always a personal favorite. The circus is the place for me. Have a great show everbody.

  9. She Divides Says:

    I am officially having beers outside the mothership, for the first time ever! So excited for my first trip inside!!

    I was on baby duty last night so missed the show, and I haven’t read miner’s review yet but on listening I thought the carini was exceptional. Love a wolfmans opener, and the twist 2nd set opener was also awesome! I’ve been loving on WOTC since Portsmouth 2011, which was my 2nd time hearing it (Coventry was the first I think and I was in no position to appreciate, and it might not have been appreciable).
    ANYWAY- I enjoyed the WOTC from last nights show.

    I’m very excited and open to the possibilities for tonight’s show!

  10. RoosterPizza Says:

    Have a good one!

  11. MiA Says:

    Definitely not half full. Perfect for me.

    If you’re on the edge. Don’t come.

    More rage space.

  12. voopa Says:

    Are you subtweeting on the BB, C?

  13. BingosBrother Says:

    Het some she d. You deserve it.

    Mikes videos are so fresh. A nice new addition to i tour. Roggae and Circus are a pretty sick twofer in a show.

    Spunmo!

  14. MiA Says:

    Het some everyone!

  15. [an unrelated] Wilson Says:

    an observation had again last night:

    The Ocedoc, while beautiful, seems to limit Trey. I get the feeling it has a a smaller sweet spot, which makes it a little bit tougher to nail notes, and the tone – generally – isn’t as deep. It seems like some of the notes can’t cut through the rest of the band. He’s playing, but nothing much is happening. Trey also has to be more precise, so he plays a bit more cautiously. Add it all up and there’s just “less” guitar when he uses that, especially compared to summer tour with other the other guitar, which has that bigger, rounder, fuller (more throwback) sound.

    I could very well be wrong about all of this, but every time i watch him play the new guitar I feel like we’re getting less Trey, and certainly not the Trey sound we had for so many years.

  16. Mr.Miner Says:

    half-full is an expression. jeez. have a good night tonight. Should be a heater. feeling dwd > piper scene

  17. Mr.Miner Says:

    love the ocedoc personally. thought it sounded great last night.

  18. little umbrellas Says:

    crunchygroove no work for moi. tried old faithful back when the coffee was hot but she didnt sing for me.

    fullbelly laugh’d from P.S.H.S post. thanks, wouldn’t have seen that.

    mr.C, surprise wasnt that Roggae was 3.0 good (cause you’re right and it is), more that it got the second set slot instead of late first set. also as a tour opener aswell perhaps

  19. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    trey has so many effects and pedals between his amp and guitar, there’s no way any of you guys can even tell the difference. ocedoc is beautiful.

  20. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    i have no idea what wilson means by any of that.

  21. Mr.Miner Says:

    ^ this. 100% this. at least for me—for the most part.

  22. Mr.Miner Says:

    That comment was to @Df’s first post

  23. phishm Says:

    @lu – Just got crunchygoove to work on Chrome doing the following. Listening to Carini now.

    1. open crunchygroove.com website
    2. right-click anywhere on screen, and select “inspect element”, and a box will come up over the site
    3. down in the bottom right of the box that comes up, click on the icon that looks like a gear wheel
    4. Look for the icon called “Overrides”
    5. Select the box that says User Agent; I selected Chrome – Android Tablet
    6. Click the box that says “Device Metrics” and then also click the box that says Fit To Window
    7. Leave that page open, toggle back to the Crunchygroove site and just click on a song.

  24. [an unrelated] Wilson Says:

    i’d say there are times the ocedoc sounds great… times it doesn’t.
    regardless – i think it sounds noticeably different than the other.

  25. vapebraham Says:

    Round Room will be played tonight.

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