I wouldn’t say I despise the Dead, I just don’t like them even a little bit. I’m a neo-classicist at heart. I love structure, even if it’s set up just to tear down. Jerry’s cool! He reminds me of Ornette Coleman, who’s basically just playing some broke-down blues. It’s like those dudes imply the notes you want to hear but play the ones you aren’t expecting. But the rest of the Dead just makes a lot of noise, all the time. They’re clearly great musicians, but they’re a prime example of “just because you can doesn’t mean you should”. I prefer my “jam” or “noise” bands to use a little more restraint and keep me guessing. I like it to be sloppy and in the moment, and not be weighed down with musicians simply making noise til they think of something interesting to play.
Is there an unsubscribe button for the Deadheads in the crowd?