I just don’t understand all the hate toward jam band, Phish… why???

In facebook, I am seeing so many people bash the jam band, Phish. So many people say that the band sucks musically. They accuse Trey of being arrogant and egotistical. They also accuse the band of promoting drug culture. I look at all of this and say to myself. Why?

I see nothing wrong with Phish at all. They are a great band and I’ve always respected them. They’re just musicians like the rest of us. Just like all bands they started off unsigned. They started off playing at small places in Vermont where not many people came to see them play. Phish has definitely came a long way so why all the hate? No matter if you like ’em or hate ’em, they accomplished a lot. They do a lot of touring more than making records. I think they’re good songwriters. I think all the musicians in the band are very talented. Trey is a master at guitar. Mike Gordon and the rest of the guys are talented too. They have interesting improvisational skills, and they sound nothing like the Grateful Dead.

I have seen Phish live in concert a couple of times and would go see them again. I would have gone to see them at SPAC and the Glens Falls Civic Center but tickets were sold out pretty quick, anyways.

Why hate on the band when so much music today is so fake? We have so much fake pop and rap music today while Phish is a band who plays real instruments, and they don’t fake anything. They don’t lip sync. They really play their instruments and can do it well. They put on the most fun live gigs too. I enjoy Phish albums and enjoy seeing them live.

Congrats to Phish on 30 years. Now here is a band who is definitely, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame worthy! Phish really deserves the respect. Trey is not the best singer in the world but you don’t need to be to play this kind of music. You don’t have to be a good singer to perform improvisational music. Phish has also played just about every genre. They did it all! Rock n’ roll, blues, jazz, reggae, funk, metal, hard rock, etc. You name it, they probably played it.

Phish are genius musicians. Legends they are. I’ve always respected Trey Anastasio. He’s an interesting guy and seems down to earth to me. So I see nothing wrong with Phish. There’s so much Phish hate in facebook lately that I thought I would respond and defend them a little bit.

I really think people bash them out of jealousy a little bit. They’re just jealous ’cause they can’t play music the way Phish does and it’s killing them. They know Trey is a genius guitar player. He really is a virtuoso. I also think people don’t like them ’cause of the long jams they do on stage. Really, they jam on stage for a long time for one song. They can play a single song all night if they wanted to. That’s why they are called, “jam bands”. That’s what they do, Jam and rock out.

Give them a chance people. If you actually listen to them, you would find them quite fun. You don’t have to be a stoner to enjoy this type of music. I don’t do drugs at all. I don’t even smoke weed but I like all the jam rock and psychedellic stuff. I don’t really enjoy being around hippies too much, I understand but I just like the music.


One thought on “I just don’t understand all the hate toward jam band, Phish… why???”

  1. There’s a really fun podcast called Analyze Phish that’s run by two friends – one who loves Phish, and one who doesn’t (Parks and Rec writer Harris Wittels and Comedy Bang Bang host Scott Aukerman, respectively)…you should check it out, it’s hilarious.

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