Milky Chance at the Commodore Ballroom, 2/4/18
Milky Chance ended the North American leg of its The Blossom Tour with two energetic beat-based and sold-out concerts at the Commodore Ballroom last weekend (Feb. 3 and 4).
Clemens Rehbein´s unique voice took control of the stage. His riffs and finger picking provided a delicious contrast between acoustic and digital. Several guitars paraded to his arms, but the acoustic Taylor clearly has a special place in his Kassel heart. In comparison to Rehbein, Antonio Greger wasn’t moving up and down the stage. But much was happening in the arm of his guitar. He seemed to be saving his energy for an amazing harmonica solo that concentrated on the right side of the instrument and provoked a large response from an amazed pack. Fans knew the band´s two solid albums, Sadnecessary and Blossom, well. The lead singer was unstoppable and his joy contagious – he was definitely having fun.
An engaged crowd was quick in recognizing the riff in “Doing Good” and sang to the intro of “Cocoon.” Spirits became awake and hips swung to the beat of a deep bass frequency so well used by the German band. The flanks at the stage were crowned by drum and percussion sets that only became silent to blast again with the arrival of the next bar. This was taken to another level when both Reihbein and Greger played bass guitar. Boom!
The use of sequences was prudent and Rehbein´s arpeggios were delightful and commanding in “Down by the River.” There is elegance in their acoustic repetitiveness over dance beats, and the influence of reggae is evident. Meanwhile, the use of silence was applied with precision. Natürlich!
“Stolen Dance “stole the night. Although elements of the award-winning song were “visible” in other tunes. Milky Chance has a signature presence and are clear about their sound. By the end of the evening, the stage lit up in pinks and blues as Rehbein and Greger said farewell to a still-dancing crowd.