Bush-Chev∑lle - A Solid Combination
Bush and Chev∑lle recently played a show recently at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia. This has been of the true legendary venues in the United States for over 40 years and there isn’t a bad seat or perch or standing room area in the house. The acoustics are great and the stage has the right stuff.
When Chev∑lle hit the stage the roar from the growing crowd was loud, it was the loudest that it had gotten on the evening probably because they visit Philadelphia pretty frequently and have a strong following.
Chev∑lle had a terrific stage setup complete with good lighting and a levitating girl emblazoned on the curtain. On the first song, “The Clincher” Pete Loeffler had some haunting vocals that really matched the music. For the next two songs, “Jars” and “Vitamin R” (Leading us Along) there was a hardcore beat, with booming drums by Sam Loeffler, and amazing horseshoe shaped lights. On the following song, “Get Some” bassist Dean Bernardini did some heavy plucking which energized the crowd even further. They eventually closed out the show with “Still Running” and “I Get It” and then they left the stage although it was clear they wanted to continue playing.
Bush was set back further back on stage with a much bigger banner, blinding lights that shone on the audience and at times were a bit overused, giving their show a 90's feel for sure.
They opened up with “Machinehead”, a song that lead singer Gavin Rossdale sounded perfect on. The crowd was getting energized from it for sure and the upper level seating area was rocking. When they belted out “I Believe In You” Gavin said, "This is the song for my generation". The mood was good, there was a positive vibe, and the the drums by Robin Goodridge were perfectly timed with Rossdale’s guitar and worked well with the bearded guitarist, Chris Traynor.
The drumming was strong for the entire show; there were tasty guitar solos, cool blue lights, mixed in with some pulsating lights for a nice effect. The group as a whole had a solid vocal mix, something that you don’t see very much anymore. It was a rock show with a club feel.
Rossdale went sleeveless for the song, “The Chemicals Between Us” which got a great reaction thanks to a great vocal showing by the lead singer who seemed to be making a statement. There was great audience participation on this one with some very funky drums and bass.
The last few songs featured a very gritty cover version of the Beatles song, “Come Together” which seemed to be a crowd favorite especially for the ladies in the audience. “Glycerine” was yet another favorite that followed and “Comedown” ended a very solid evening for sure. Both bands complemented each other which is all you can hope for.