I was really looking forward to this set after seeing the Sons twice in the previous two weeks. They showed a lot of potential and I was curious to see what the late nite spot would bring.
Well, it started off rough, really rough. Yonder had just ended a great set, so there were definitely some expectations to live up to. The band took the stage and tuned up. Then they tuned up some more, but they weren't getting it 'dialed in' at all. The sound was vague and disconnected. After about 5 minutes of this I came to the conclusion that it was intentional. YIKES! It was slow and meandering, the bass was way to forward in the mix , nothing but vacant, uncomfortable fuzz. ICK. They definitely drove a portion of the crowd away.
FINALLY, they got it together and the mess became a beautiful thing, Very grand and open, spacious and vast...Welcome to the Machine! Pete's voice really helped pull it together, for a little guy, he's got a big voice! The song is still too slow to be following Yonder's set but the light show helped it along and they sequed nicely into something grassy and good! YAY!!
Can't provide a setlist but they did a Benny Galloway tune or two, and couple of songs written by Pete (the guitar player), and it turned into a sweet jam with Jeff Austin, Drew Emmitt, the Fiddler for Old School Freight Train, Dave Johnston, and probably a couple people I'm forgetting. The last 45 minutes of the set really made up for the slow start, I tried to think of it as a mandatory palate cleansing moment. Because really, anything would have been disappointing following Yonder.
Once again, looking forward to seeing more of the Wayward Sons in the future.
as always, nice review em and good to see you for a moment last weekend