In any situation where I am bored and time moves like molasses I like to ask myself a ridiculous question. The question always has five answers. Basically, it’s the desert island style questions but absurd. In this series, “Fast Five”, I will answer some jam band related ones. (Even reader submitted.)

What Albums from the 2010’s would be a good musical costume for Phish?

Note: I consider Father John Misty where the band just dresses up pretentious and shits on stage but figured we all wanted something better.

Sturgill Simpson - Sound and Fury

I fully admit to recency bias here, but this album would sound great as a musical costume. The set would get heady straight from the jump. I haven’t heard a jammier album this decade. Every track is ready for takeoff and the whole album could just be one long jam.

Alabama Shakes - Sound and Colors

Don’t think about the vocals with this cover. The instrumentation will overshadow the band’s inability to match Brittney Howard’s singing.  This album has always sounded so dreamy and retro, and yet fresh.  Maybe the band could have a TAB singer come up and join them.

Harry Styles - Self Titled

At first I chose this as a joke to annoying old fans, but after relistening to the album I truly believe that Phish should cover it. The album itself jumps from genre to genre seamlessly and provides Trey plenty to play with. When the Harry fans hear about this show Phish could gain a much younger fanbase to carry on the music. That would be wonderful.

Tame Impala - Lonerism

This Austrailan group has steadily risen up the festival lineups and have become a must see act. If Phish is going to cover a jam album this is the one. The band’s styles are so different that the Phish version would be totally unique and cool.

War on Drugs - A Deeper Understanding

I chose this album solely to hear a cover of Pain. There isn’t much I can say about this album that critics and bloggers haven’t already said. But if this band is “truly the last rock band” (hint: it’s not, critics overreact) then a Phish cover would cement it as the best rock album of the decade.  

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