New York City Subway Twitter Account References Phish

By Scott Bernstein Feb 20, 2020 8:41 am PST

An innocuous tweet from CNN journalist and Phish fan Brian Ries about the New York City subway system led to a very Phish-y response. The back-and-forth was followed by more Phish references from the @NYCTSubway twitter account.

Ries started by pointing out a @NYCTSubway tweet regarding a train being taken out of service due to a “dirty train car.” The tweet garnered a response penned by “SS” of, “Brian – It happens for a variety of reasons but for everyone’s safety and comfort, we sometimes need to take individual cars out of service. ” The tweet finished with references to “Say It To Me S.A.N.T.O.S.,” a song Phish wrote for their Kasvot Växt set on Halloween 2018. “I wouldn’t say it’s what space smells like but… you will always remember where you were when it happens.”

Here’s the tweet from Ries and the response:

Gothamist’s Jen Carlson responded by sharing a photo of “This is what space smells like” air fresheners given to fans at Phish’s December 31, 2018 concert and received a clever retort from “SS”:

More Phish fans noticed and tweeted at @NYCTSubway leading to more responses referencing the quartet:

This all came a few weeks after a musical fan started performing Phish songs on the subway:

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