Bush bring newest, ‘Man on the Run’, through Milwaukee

The timeless London grunge outfit, Bush, a Midwest favorite for their top notch energetic performances, made good on their promise to return for more. Marking another classic performance in the historic Eagles Ballroom, a venue they’ve frequented for a number of years, Bush is holding strong after their reunion in 2010, coming through with a new album for 2014, Man on the Run.

Frontman Gavin Rossdale was as stoked as I’ve seen him to be in Milwaukee; very jumpy and simply pouring with energy. Bush songs take on a new life in a live setting partially due to his aura. Even if you can’t get into their studio work, a live show might change your mind.

Their seasoned semi-gritty vibe is timeless right alongside the work of others like Soundgarden and Stone Temple Pilots. It just fits and is never out of style.

While Bush does great work, part of their music doesn’t really grab hold of me and hang on. Not the case with a live performance. The genuineness of the band, and their on stage chemistry works wonders for Bush. Gavin’s guitars are a relic their own, but add his matured punk infused style into the mix alongside his bandmates and you’ve got something that continues to produce.

Those catchy hooks of “Everything Zen”, “Glycerine”, “Bodies in Motion”, “Sound of Winter”, I could go on and on – they all come together in a simple, clean, calm and collected way when these guys are on the stage in front of you.

I was a little disappointed I didn’t hear “Loneliness Is a Killer” off their new Man on the Run album as it touts those heavy riffs that dominate Bush’s character, however this being the top performance I’ve seen out of these guys, it didn’t bother me much.

I can’t say Man on the Run is my favorite work of Bush, but it sure doesn’t alienate what put them on the map. It doesn’t top Sixteen Stone, but better yet, it doesn’t try to. To me, Bush is a gem in a dying genre – they’re flying under the radar with great music and it’s working well for them.

 

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