To the three comedic geniuses that make up Tripod; Scod (Scott Edgar), Yon (Simon Hall) Gatesy, (Steven Gates) and their newly adopted fourth member Eddie Perfect.
What was born from Perfect’s arrangement of Paul Kelly's Meet Me in the Middle of the Air has evolved into an hour of much loved Australian songs. Between witty banter and good-humored mocking, the foursome find perfect harmony and at times reach Beach Boy level proportions.
Perfect’s rich baritone is a wonderful addition to Tripod – Perfect brings an element not heard before in the comedic trio's routine. Mostly acapella, Perfect Tripod treads the line between serious cheese and serious musicianship with plenty of laughs in between.
Featuring classic Chisel, Farnsey, and contemporary pieces from Claire Bowditch, my only criticism is that the show could have lasted much longer. Never a dull moment, Yon’s epic dance choreography and the use of beer bottles as a tuning tool were moments of pure inspiration.
Taking to the stage as only seasoned performers can, the sheer confidence of Tripod combined with the star power of Perfect makes for an evening of pure enjoyment. Demanding audience participation (in three part harmony no less!) the rousing finish was welcomed with a standing ovation worthy of the performers on stage.
Perfect Tripod is an immensely fun show, complete with smutty humour and sweet singing that defines what it is to be Australian without any of the usual resentment. It's a celebration of the past, present and future of Australian music, and is a wonderful representation of all this country has to be grateful for.
It’s truly refreshing to see a group proud of their heritage and who have the power to remind the audience that they should be proud too. And we are, proud of being Australian and proud of the brilliance that is Perfect Tripod.
Arts Centre Melbourne and Smartartists present
Perfect Tripod: Australian Songs
Venue: Playhouse | Arts Centre Melbourne
Dates: 17 – 19 January, 2013