Mike Gordon Debuts Songs & REEL In Texas

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On Friday night Mike Gordon hit the road for a Winter Tour with his five-piece band. The tour started with three stops in Texas, where the group debuted a handful of new originals, a Garbage cover and an interactive instrument dubbed REEL. Gordon is joined on the tour by keyboardist Robert Walter, guitarist Scott Murawski, drummer John Kimock and percussionist Craig Myers. Both Walter and Kimock are relatively new additions to the lineup as this tour is their second with the Phish bassist.

When I spoke with Mike Gordon last month he mentioned new originals and covers were in the works and also said “the scientists (were) in the lab” working on new interactive instruments for the tour. Friday’s show at Emo’s in Austin featured the debut of three originals and a cover as well as the interactive REEL, while Saturday’s performance at Numbers in Houston saw another original added to the mix. On Mike’s last few tours an interactive instrument dubbed the “EEL” was setup at the front of the stage and allowed fans to involve themselves in the music by pushing on its piano-like keys. The bassist and the team that made the EEL in 2013 have evolved the instrument to the next phase by making it portable. As such, this new REEL essentially crowd surfs in the audience while the band is jamming. Fans can hit the lit keys on the REEL to jam along with the five-piece.

Watch the REEL in action:

Through the first three shows of the tour Mike and the band have stuck to their usual mix of tunes from the bassist’s solo repertoire such as “Traveled Too Far,” “Face,” “Tiny Little World” and “Andelmans’ Yard” along with a few classics Gordon wrote for Phish including “Meat,” “Spock’s Brain” and “Sugar Shack” as well as choice covers like Talking Heads’ “Cities” and Flaming Lips’ “Are You A Hypnotist??” and a few of other band members’ compositions (Myers’ “Angatta” and Murawski’s/Max Creek’s “Cruel World” among them). Friday’s show in Austin featured the debut of the Gordon/Murawski originals “Daisy Hill Grove” and “Crazy Sometimes” as well as the MG debut of the Walter-penned instrumental “Don’t Chin The Dog.” Mike and the band debuted their take on Kimock’s instrumental “Mother’s Song” in Houston on Saturday. The second set in Austin also saw Gordon’s group unveil a rendition of “#1 Crush” by Garbage.

Mike Gordon continues the tour tomorrow night in Tucson.

Setlists (via Mike Gordon’s website)

Friday, January 22 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s

Set One: How Many People Are You, Long Black Line, The Field, Spock’s Brain, Daisy Hill Grove*, Tiny Little World

Set Two: Ether, Crazy Sometimes*, #1 Crush**, Meat, Don’t Chin The Dog^, Traveled Too Far, Are You A Hypnotist??, Face

Encore: Cities

* – debut (Gordon/Murawski), ^ – debut (Walter), ** – debut (Garbage)

Saturday, January 23 – Houston, TX @ Numbers

Set One: Daisy Hill Grove, Say Something, Cruel World, Horizon Line, Sugar Shack, Angatta, Looking For Clues, Different World

Set Two: Another Door, Sleep To Dream, Horizon Line, Susskind Hotel > Mother’s Song*, Jumping, Sound, Dig Further Down

Encore: How Do I Know

* – debut (Kimock)

Sunday, January 24 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater

Set One: Don’t Chin The Dog, Andelmans’ Yard, I’m Deranged, Surface, Spiral, Meat > Babylon Baby, Take It As It Comes

Set Two: Normal Phoebe, The Field, Tiny Little World, Peel, Only A Dream, #1 Crush, How Many People Are You

Encore: Yarmouth Road

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