Phish and the Dave Matthews Band will likely be forever linked in terms of jam bands from the 90’s, despite their varied mainstream appeal.
Before the DMB achieved commercial success, though, the two bands shared a friendship. Did you know that Phish, who rarely has opening acts at their live shows, allowed the Dave and his crew to open on three occasions in 1994? The shows, were in Dave’s hometown of Virginia and allowed the two bands to play to each other’s fan bases. And on each occasion where the DMB opened for Phish, fans were treated to long amazing jams involving both bands. Trey has sat in at several DMB performances, including 1/26/95, 2/24/95 and 5/19/01. Members of both bands also shared the stage as part of the Ritz Power Jam on 2/5/93.
So why is there such a stark difference between the two fan bases? Why do fans hate one or the other with a passion?
I’m not entirely sure, but there is obviously a riff with the two fan-bases is there.
Firstly Phish. sometimes Phish tends to jam out way too long and the songs are kind of thrown together with cheesy lyrics. Not saying this is bad, but if you are looking for deep meaningful songs with relatable lyrics, Phish leaves a lot to be desired.
Musically, they are solid and amazing. Their talent is through the roof. The jams take you on a wild roller-coaster of emotions. There are ups and downs, but the fans go along for the ride. Fans are typically categorized to be more on the hippie grill cheese grilling side.
Best Jam worthy songs include: The divided sky, Simple, Limb by limb, Stash, Walls of the cave
Now Dave Matthews Band. Their jams are very tight and their songs tend to be a bit more poppy with stronger lyrics. That isn’t to say all of their songs are like that, in fact, there are plenty of songs that have cheesy lyrics and repeat the theme love over and over.. Also, there seems to be a love/hate theme with Dave’s voice. Fans are considered to be frat-jerks for some reason, although not sure where that really originated because I know plenty of fans that are not even close to be in a frat.
Best Jam worthy songs include: 41, Seek up, Dancing Nancies, Lie in our Graves.
I may fall under the rare category that likes both. There is room for both and certainly talent with both.
What do you think?