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Bristolrocks.co.uk - The Trout Tavern, Keynsham, 13th January 2006
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The Trout Tavern, Keynsham, 13th January 2006 - Review by Andy & Rich
Having found Hush after being pointed at their rather impressive website (www.hushtheband.com) by a friend only a couple of days prior to this gig,
the opportunity for a couple of beers out at Keynsham while checking 'em out was too good to miss. I'd not been to the Trout before, and first impressions
suggested it was a bit small for a full band, especially one with a sizeable keyboard set-up in addition to the normal "guitar, bass, drums and vocals"
line up that classic rock covers tends to need. Still, they'd managed to squeeze all their gear into one corner of the bar, and with a neat Hush-logo
backdrop and a few lights etc everything looked rather professional.
First impressions as they kicked off their first set were positive too, with the old classic Deep Purple song from which they've taken their name quickly
followed by Cream's White Room, both sounding well balanced and tightly played, with the classic "Jon Lord" organ sound from Jon Rodd really adding to the
authenticity. New-ish boy guitarist Rich Shillitoe, clearly more of a metal-head than perhaps the rest of the band, was particularly impressive - with
tight pumped up rhythm work and a fine display of chops when it came to the solo spots, while Chris Lambert nearly had the "Pete Way" cool-vibe-thing
happening with his not-quite as low slung as necessary Thunderbird bass propping up the bottom end. The backing vocals sounded good too.
The locals and the normal smattering of "friends of the band" seemed to be enjoying themselves, especially during a neatly re-worked House Of The Rising Sun
and one or two of slightly more obvious songs from their set first set, although communication with the audience between songs seemed a bit lacking - always
a tricky area to get right, but not helped by vocalist Mitch Colman scrabbling for lyric sheets in between most numbers. Come on Mitch - Rich knows the guitar
parts, so get the words nailed too!!
The second set kicked off after a short break, and everything somehow seemed a bit "looser" than earlier. Not sure if this was down to the band trying out a
few new songs, lack of rehearsal, or maybe a few too many beers during the break, but Jumping Jack Flash in particular sounded a little uncoordinated at times,
while the previously solid drumming from Clive Irvine-Gizzie seemed to have gone AWOL. Chris seemed a bit busier on the bass than during the first set too,
although this may have been in an attempt to firm up the rhythm section slightly. Another re-working, this time the old Four Tops number I'll Be There, had the
punters singing along madly, but by this time it was clear that the set was being developed rather on the fly - and this didn't help Mitch with his paper sift
on the monitor in between numbers. The rowdiest of the locals seemed to stick with 'em as a few drinks went down the hatch, and that's what pub-rock is all about really.
Unfortunately I missed the end of the gig and what I'm sure would have been a rousing encore - assuming the tightness from the first set made a welcome return at
some point. Having said that, it was a decent night, and Hush are well worth checking out if you're musical tastes start in the early 70's and don't go much beyond