Eugent Bushpepa announced his arrival in a big way during his first rehearsal in Lisbon. The rocker, whose vocals never stray from flawless, hit his high notes yet again, all the while staring into the camera that occasionally spun around him. Rock performances have a tendency to work on simple stages and this is no different. Flashing lights — including plenty of Albanian red — create a tasteful environment that feels so organic to this genre. Even better: They manage to fill the entire stage with their instruments and charisma. Eugent is a small guy, but he doesn’t disappear.
What else works? The black stage outfits, which run from suited and booted (Eugent) to a bit more edgy and t-shirt/tank (with the dummer). There’s cohesion with all the members on the stage. It comes off as a touring band performing a gig — and with some very attractive female backing vocalists in glittering black dresses.
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