Pink Talking Fish brought their unique take on covering Phish, Talking Heads and Pink Floyd to New Mountain AVL last Friday. The night began with Pink Floyd’s “In The Flesh,” which was fitting after the recent election that the world was still reeling from. The show was dedicated to Veterans Day, giving the Floyd song even more weight. The lyrics washed over the crowd, cementing them into the night to come. The band quickly changed gears and shifted into the energetic “Punch You In The Eye,” which summoned multiple fists into the air. Dave Brunyak excels at mimicking Trey Anastasio’s guitar tone, so well that an expert could easily believe it to be Brunyak’s own creation. “Crosseyed and Painless” kept the momentum going, adding to the building energy in the room with fans chanting “still waiting.”
The Talking Heads’ “Houses in Motion” gave way to two Phish favorites, “David Bowie” and “Tela.” The first set came to a close with an intense segment featuring “Burning Down The House,” “Tweezer,” and “Echoes.” These final three songs encapsulated the atmosphere Pink Talking Fish sets out to achieve, meshing together three iconic bands into one cohesive experience.
The second set drove home the mastery these musicians have achieved in covering The Talking Heads and Phish. They started the set with “Cities” followed by “Life During Wartime.” Then they threw in an intense “Carini” and “Harry Hood” to keep the energy going. The unity between each musician is the cornerstone of the band, yet each one also shines on their own. Each song allowed moments for them to ignite their prowess in a singular sense, which only added fuel to the inferno of the dance floor.
The band let loose on a standout rendition of “Mike’s Song,” hitting every note and jamming out exactly where intended. Eric Gould’s heavy bass rhythms were accented by Brunyak’s incredible solo, all while Richard James and Zach Burwick held it down on keys and drums. A fantastic “Weekapaug Groove” followed shortly after, featuring the playful, bouncing bass lines and shredding guitar that fans seek out of the Phish staple. With a dedication to the brave men and women that have fought for our country, they encored with a fitting “Heroes” and capped it all off with a “Tweezer Reprise.”
Set 1: In The Flesh, Punch You In The Eye>Crosseyed and Painless>Echoes>David Bowie>Houses in Motion>Tela>David Bowie, Mother, Burning Down The House, Tweezer>Echoes; Set 2: Cities*>Carini>Money>Life During Wartime, Harry Hood, Pigs (3 different Ones)>Girlfriend is Better>Mike’s Song>Sheep>Wild Wild Life>Sheep>Weekapaug Groove
E: Heroes**>Tweezer Reprise
*w/ We Want The Funk tease
**dedicated to all veterans on Veterans Day