USA (Davenport), August 24, 2007
UG Team, on august 29, 2007 4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Sound: Reel Big Fish are pretty much one of the biggest ska acts right now. At their shows, they deliver. Sound wise, they sounded amazing. For the tiny outdoor amphitheatre that the show was at, the sound was definitely project crystal clear to anyone Who didn't want to pay to get into the show. The horns played loud enough that their sound was clear, and they didn't blare at all into the microphone. The guitar was very clear and distinctive from the rest of the music. The bass could be heard, but it wasn't loud so that the ground shook or anything. The drums sounded amazing too. All vocals from the members that did vocals were clear, and you could pick out each person's diverse vocals contributed to the song. Overall, the music could be heard very clearly amongst the people watching the show and the people that weren't. // 10
Perfomance: The show started with the band coming on stage and playing Trendy right away. They transition between songs very well, and they made it distinct when they were switching songs. They played fan favorites, such as Beer and She Has A Girlfriend Now. They also played new songs like Live Your Dream and New Version Of You. Overall, the song selection that they had chosen covered most of everyone's favorites. They didn't play three of my favorites, Another FU Song, Don't Start A Band, and Nothin, which I was disappointed, but the show was so great I forgive them. They played two covers, Enter Sandman (which surprised me and was very well done) and Take On Me (again, really well done). They also did an experiment with the song Suburban Rhythm where they changed it to different genres like death metal, punk, and country. They then lead into Party Down, which is a song that contains a sample of the many genres Reel Big Fish can cover. They ended with the song Sell Out, which is another fan favorite and definitely gave the show an amazing ending.
Overall, the band's stage presence was amazing. The band liked to joke around between songs. The trombone and trumpet player liked to add like actions that went with some of the lyrics to the songs. Aaron played the guitar solo to Beer Hendrix-style with the guitar on the back of his head. The band was very energetic, and they went with whatever the audience threw at them (in one instance, a hat was thrown on stage, and the trombonist put it on). // 10
Overall Impression: The show was stellar, as was the band. If you haven't seen Reel Big Fish yet, go and see them play a show. For the $10 admission to the music fest going on, it was totally worth the price. Their shows are definitely a show you want to see if you are a fan of ska, punk, good shows, or just Reel Big Fish. // 10