Fish: August 14, 2021 Atlantic City

The bright sunlight of Saturday morning reflects the Atlantic Ocean and gives some hope of relief from the negative energy of Friday night’s gaseous abuse. Overnight, the unfortunate spirits responsible for clearing the boardwalk erased almost all evidence of the wreckage of the previous evening, and with the arrival of vacationers over the weekend, Atlantic City began to breathe new life again.

We enjoyed spending a little time at the Fan Art Exhibition on Saturday afternoon and those gentle vibrations revived me and gave us a feeling that perhaps the positive elements of the scene could rise above the darkness that is still hidden in the shadows. Fearing rain, we entered the beach with the feeling that this night might be special.

Perhaps Fish got the wind of negative energy, as they closed the first set with a dark warning story “squirming coil”, advising everyone to stay away from the “devil on the beach”. The balance of the first set was an up and down affair, as the train-breaking opening of “Ya Mar” was offset by a perfect run through the complex “Reba” jam.

But it was the meat of the second set where this show started to get really bright. Fish covered the entire Quadrophenia album for Halloween 1995, and fortunately the epic “Drowning” remained in occasional rotation, appearing several times a year. The drowning jam moved to the familiar Jersey area, as Trey clearly teased Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark” before transforming it into a beautiful ghostly “ghost.” Encouraged by the opportunity to expand and explore, the trek was seen to be heading towards a submerged reconstruction, which somehow transformed into the middle of a strangely fragrant and subtle sound, which came out about two to five minutes later. The band re-focuses and launches a glossy choke dust that goes into deep space before exiting through the fog of noise towards the soft keyboard opening of Zeppelin’s “No Quarter.” Right now, the weekend has musically achieved what I had hoped for – a band playing at the top of their power and delivering great moments in an anxious time of confusion and frustration. We live for this peak, and when Fish re-established Friday night’s “Tweezers” as the second anchor to book my own personal weekend experience, it was quite emotional. No dirty boardwalk shenanigan after bed could get me down tonight, as we floated home through the magical fog of a sweet summer night.

I recorded the show in exactly the same way as the night before, with the mic standing just a few feet away from the Friday location. Newman Hypers again distribute their magic and cut out elements to provide a sharp and brilliant recording. We are again very pleased with this recording and hope you are too. Enjoy!

Download the full show [MP3] / [FLAC]

Stream “Chuckdust Torture> No Quarter”:

The beach
Atlantic City NJ

Digital master recording
Tappers section on the soundboard

Neumann KM-150 Hypers> Sound Devices 744t> 24bit 48kHz wav> Soundforge (post production)> CDWave 1.95 (Tracking)> TLH> flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and produced by Nyctaper

Set 1 [Total Time 1:20:54]
01 Lama
02 tubes
03 Destiny unbound
04 Ya Mar.
05 46 days
06 Reba
07 Soul Shakedown Party
08 Split open and melt
09 The Squirming Coil

Set 2 [Total Time 1:24:54]

10I never needed you before
11 drowned
12 Ghosts
13 Smell and subtle sound
14 Chalk Dust Torture
15 No quarters
16 slaves to traffic lights
17 Suzy Greenberg
18 [encore break]
19 A life beyond dreams
20 Tweezers Reprise

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