Tuesday 9th May 2017
Venue: Bush Hall, Shepherds Bush, London
Nearest Tube Station: Shepherds Bush Market (Circle & Hammersmith & City Line)
Bushmills whisky distillery combined forces with bands up and down the country to put on a series of special gigs including the likes of The Magic Gang and The Wytches in Brighton and Leeds respectively. Having seen New York based trio We Are Scientists numerous amounts of times over the last decade it was a chance to relive the golden era of indie rock at a wonderful venue in West London.
Keith Murray and Chris Cains kicked off proceedings with ‘Inaction’ off of their debut album ‘With Love and Squalor’ and their was an indifferent crowd in the venue. From die hard fans jumping on the spot with both hands in the air to middle aged couples rolling back the years. The band followed this with another belter off the first album ‘Its A Hit’.
They then went onto bringing out their great senses of humour joking about being in the Bush and Keith asking for Chris’ monitor to be turned off whilst he explained to the audience his thought process of Chris’ mind. Always remembered them engaging with the audience like this and it hadn’t changed with laughs shared and smiles all round.
Moving onto ‘Buckle’ off of their most recent album ‘Helter Sketer’ released in April 2016. Back to the engagement of the audience and the attempt to get their roadie involved in the set, another crowd pleaser. A standout track was ‘Impatience’ off their 2008 album ‘Brain Thrust Mastery’. They stormed through a plethora of their back catalogue and finished with fans favourite ‘The Great Escape’.
Reappearing for an encore including ‘Never Too Late’ and ‘Nice Guys’ off of the ‘Barbara’ Album their third album released in 2010. They did not disappoint in the slightest and it took me way back to the excitement of seeing them in the self proclaimed golden era, well done Bushmills on organising a great gig in a wonderful venue.