Monthly Archives: October 2013

Melbourne Fringe 2013 – The DC3: Modern Unconsciousness

Melbourne Fringe Festival 2013
The Ballroom at the Lithuanian Club, Tuesday 1st October 2013

The start of this show was more like a normal gig in that I did get to hang out with the band in the bar. It’s a great bar and I would recommend arriving early as they have social club prices for drinks and you can drink “Strawberry Kisses” cider in a 500ml can.

I had missed the DC3’s album launch despite having put money into the Pozible campaign and also the comedy festival show as I did not have any money, so I was determined to make it to this show as it was there last appearance until next year.

Unfortunately the show was delayed due to technical issues with the projector not working, I could still read most of the captions from the laptop screen though and also saw some of the “Glitz and Glam” mock-ups from a fake MX spread including Hitler amongst others.

The narrator of the show is God who explains how he was evil all along and Satan was just his PR guy with the narrative of the show following the quest for modern unconsciousness including “songs that won’t be on the DC3’s new album” in probably the only time they will get a run.

As expected there were some rants aimed at other Fringe shows and a wish they sold as many tickets as Randy the puppet.

There was the usual needless set decoration with large pieces of scenery being moved around and bananas on a pedestal. The pieces of set looked pretty heavy to move, lucky Henri and Doug are strong.

If you are a fan of the band then you do not need encouragement to see the show, I would also recommend it you would like to see something different than the usual comedy routines that get a trial run at fringe or are not cool enough for the cutting edge shows.

Melbourne Fringe 2013 – The Lady Sings It Better

Melbourne Fringe Festival 2013
The Ballroom at the Lithuanian Club, Tuesday 1st October 2013

YOU ARE IN THE DANGER AREA!

Feminist “issues” cabaret would normally not be something I would rush to see, but I do have quite a soft spot for groups of women singing. Several of my favourite local bands involve groups of ladies singing in harmony – GIT (formerly), the Junes, The Nymphs, the Rebelles, Aluka, Ginger and Tonic to the extent that I get made fun of for seeing these bands in preference to the usual rock or pop. I did go on a Betty Hutton bender at one point and bought five albums and a songbook.

I saw this listed over in Adelaide for the Fringe and was sad that it did not make the Melbourne Comedy Festival even though I was broke at the time

The main tag of the show is they take songs written by men and expose how sexist they really are by having women singing them in a comedic way including pantomime at one point. There is a lot of rap and R&B featured and I did enjoy the Michael Jackson medley and the songs about horses.

The band is great also especially the drummer who really hammers it in some songs. That is quite a lot of songs to learn for the one show and the bass player and keyboardist also do well to keep up with the songs.

Each of the singers does have their own time to shine during the show and they each have their own comic persona that they play up during the songs. There is some brief audience interaction during one song, but I was ignored even though I sat up the front.

I was glad to be able to make it to this show and also to leave my camera at home for once, there are still some shows left of the run and I recommend going to this show with some friends if you would like a fun night out.