Pink Talking Fish 1.17.14
Quixote's True Blue
Words & Photos By Brad Yeakel (Opti Mystic Outlooks)
It was Saturday night, and my crew headed out to Quixote's for the first time in a while. The familiar decor was a trigger, flooding my mind with swirling tidbits of hazy psychedelic memories. I'd spent many nights inside the walls of the last two Quixote's locations in various states of disrepair. Heading back into the back room, I was pleased to see a decent turnout for Pink Talking Fish.
Friday they only played one set which was largely weaved between the album Dark Side of the Moon. With two sets each night and a two night stay at Quixote's, the band was freed up to explore some other material. First set read like a dream, beginning with "I Zimbra" and transitioning into "Punch You In the Eye" and then "Another Brick in the Wall." But that wasn't where the ceaseless music ended... Straight into "Tube> Psycho Killer> Tube" before taking a breath. The somewhat rare Floyd tune "Fearless" from the album Meddle was a pleasant surprise that added some depth to the set. When it segued into "Bathtub Gin," I was grinning like the Cheshire Cat. The Talking Heads staple "What a Day that Was" stood alone before the set ending "Pigs (3 Different Ones)> Quinn the Eskimo." I felt the "Quinn" was pushing it with the Pink Talking Fish theme, but I guessed the not-so-rare Phish covers had qualified it.
As exciting as the show was, I'd be remiss if I didn't touch on the differences the lineup made. The first time I saw PTF was actually their first shows, and with the exception of Eric Gould on bass, the lineup was completely different. PTF and Particle guitarist, Ben Combe, played with an electricity, an authenticity, and a passion that really placed PTF far ahead of your average cover band. Now the electricity resides in the key playing of Richard James. While Zach and Eric were seamlessly moving between songs, the keyboards and vocals of James were focal. Dave Brunyak on guitar added the convivial vibration. With such behemoths as inspiration, Pink Talking Fish could have easily fallen short, yet has consistently delivered in every venue, lineup, or show I've seen. They've redefined the possibilities of a cover band.
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