There is no doubt that Mike Gordon and his four confidants are feeling loose, and tour is fully on its way. The Phish bassist along with Scott Murawski (guitar), Robert Walter (keys), John Kimock (drums) and Craig Myers (percussion) brought the hump-day boogie to New Haven on Wednesday night, at College Street Music Hall.
Following an opening weekend of tour, full of debuts off Gordon’s recently released album, OGOGO, and debut covers of Tame Imapala’s “Mind Mischief,” Rancid’s “Ruby Soho,” and Aerosmith’s “Sweet Emotion,” Gordon got the house bouncing from the opening jam-heavy segue of “Victim 3D,” “Victim,” and “Say Something,” that included a high-voltage, fast-paced segment that eventually landed into the Max Creek cover, “Cruel World.”
“Trapezoidal Sunshine” followed, the non-album track that was recently debuted at The Georgia Theatre tour opener in Athens, GA. The fan-interactive and theatrical song features Gordon and Murawski going back and forth between stationary microphones and hand-held microphones. Ending the set in proper fashion, Mike and company dove head first into Tame Impala’s “Mind Mischief,” before ending with the bouncy OGOGO-favorite, “Steps.”
Second set got off to a quick start with “Whirlwind” followed by two tour-debuts; “Yarmouth Road” and “Check Your Pepper,” the staple played ALMOST every show of Gordon’s past 2016 Fall tour. Although somewhat quirky, the tune never ceases to get the crowd moving on their feet and participating, which propelled the fiery-hot quintet into another Max Creek cover, “Jones.” The masterminds brought it all back into Rancid’s “Ruby Soho,” which has become a fan-favorite cover since it’s debut the first show of tour. Second set ended with OGOGO’s “Pendulum,” followed by a monster cover of Beck’s “Black Tambourine” in the encore slot, to bring the Wednesday night college-town party to a glorious finale.
If you’re in the Northeast, make sure to catch Mike Gordon this weekend in Syracuse, Toronto, and Detroit, and you can find a full list of his remaining tour dates here!
Mike Gordon | College Street Music Hall | New Haven, CT | 9/27/2017
I: Victim 3D-> Victim > Say Something, Cruel World, Trapezoidal Sunshine, Mind Mischief > Steps
II: Whirlwind, Check Your Pepper, Yarmouth Road, Jones > Go Away, Ruby Soho, Pendulum
Encore: Black Tambourine
[cover photo / setlist via Scott Marks (@bizarchive)]