Axis Of Awesome: Infinity Rock Explosion
  • By Rob Marks
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  • 8th Aug 2009
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  • ★★★★★

This is an incredibly difficult review to write because to give away anything about the show will ruin it for you. Axis of Awesome are an Australian comedy rock group who have been described as a combination of Spinal Tap and Flight of the Conchords. Unlike those groups, whose material is more satirical than anything else, Axis are parodically funny, knowingly mocking the trappings of rock genres to get their laughs. Their energy is through the roof, as they banter and improvise off of each other, while the audience scream for more.Axis of Awesome are most famous for their ‘Four Chord Song’ which explains how every popular song across time (from Waltzing Matilda to Aha’s Take on Me) uses the same chord progression. It made them into a YouTube sensation and they swept the Fringe last year winning admirers as prestigious as Rich Hall and Reginal D Hunter.I marvelled as Jordan, a grown-up Denis the Menace, head-banged like Bon Jovi to songs about spoilt dairy products. I sat amazed as I discovered the difficulties of love between a woman and a fish. And there wasn’t a dry eye in the house as they premiered the word’s first 3D rock song (you even get free 3D glasses as you walk in!).Benny (keyboardist and musical genius behind the group) offers a touching geekiness that plays brilliantly against Jordan’s in-your-face rock star persona. The trio is completed by Lee, the silly one, rocking out on a gorgeous B.C. Rich guitar. The comic timing of all three is impeccable and I have no doubt that as the run goes on they will be adding jokes and more audience interaction to turn the comedy all the way up to 11 (couldn’t resist!).So that’s it. I’m not telling you about the jokes or the songs. What I am telling you is this: see this show because you’ll regret if you don’t. And if you don’t laugh until your jaw aches and you’re clutching your sides begging them to stop then, quite frankly, I have no polite way to finish this sentence.

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The Blurb

Australian musical comedy sensation return to the Fringe with hilarious new songs. Get ready to rock your face off! As heard on BBC Radio 1. ''Spinal Tap' meets 'Flight of the Conchords'' - ****(Scotsman).

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