To quote their official website Tripod have been making song-funnies for television, radio, CDs and countless live shows for over a decade. Many of their fans were at the Forum on Thursday night to catch their show, but you certainly didn't need to be a dyed in the wool fan to appreciate both their musicianship and their comic playfulness.
As a 'warm-up act' the audience was treated to the manic pop/punk craziness of Die Roten Punkte – the self proclaimed Best Band in the World – Otto and Astrid. Astrid's bedroom song was one highlight: four words, Otto on guitar and Astrid on drums and your imagination runs wild.
Then came Tripod – an ominous overture, red lights and lots of smoke and there they were revealed in all their glory. Only problem was Gatesy had failed to read his emails and was dressed in black T shirt and jeans in contrast to the 'fabulous' outfits sported by Yon and Scod.
Their performance, all two hours of it with a short break, played with topics such as technology and the status of air guitar competitions, and included a number of musical tributes as well as original songs all delivered in their inimitable style. A particular favourite for me was their tribute to Tiddas with its references to gelati, Wobbies World, BMXs and East Burwood! And as an ex English teacher I couldn't help but be taken with their song Prefixes.
Despite the self-deprecating comments on their website, this trio are not only accomplished musicians but also great communicators. Scod (Scott Edgar), Yon (Simon Hall) and Gatesy (Steven Gates) are true professionals who demonstrate an easy rapport amongst themselves which extends to their interaction with the audience. Above all they are genuinely funny.
Judging from the audience response to this rock concert with laughs, Tripod have a dedicated following who are very much in on the joke. Even those who, for whatever reason, have not seen or heard Tripod before, are guaranteed to have fun. An interest in rock/pop music both past and present, along with an obsession with Dungeons and Dragons is, however, a definite advantage. Catch them if you can!
A Token Event
Venue: Forum Theatre | Cnr Flinders & Russell Sts, Melbourne
Dates: 3rd Apr - 5th Apr
Times: Thu-Sat 9.30pm
Duration: 150 minutes
Prices: Full $34.90, Conc $29.90
Bookings: Ticketek 132 849 & at the door