We were richly rewarded when Arj Barker (who plays pawn shop owner Dave in the show) took to the stage for an unannounced warm up show. He got some big laughs out of a warmly receptive crowd who seemed delighted to have another Conchords alumni on stage.
But of course it was Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie that everyone was there to see, and when they appeared on stage clad in silver suits with square aluminium space helmets, we knew we were in for a treat. They burst straight into ‘Too Many Dicks On The Dancefloor’ and followed it with fan favourites ‘Robots’ and ‘The Most Beautiful Girl In The Room.’ In between songs, they gave us some classic banter about life on the road and some light hearted ribbing of their stage crew - make sure you listen out for their hilarious muffin story!
But it’s really the music that makes this band so special, where they manage to both parody and emulate some great musicians and songs. ‘Bowie In Space’ wouldn’t achieve its humour without its near perfect references to David Bowie’s catalogue; similarly ‘Inner City Pressure’ owes a gratitude to the Pet Shop Boys. Their harmonies and musicianship are exemplary, and they have the added bonus of being extremely sharp and funny as well.
The crowd was lucky enough to hear at least four new songs, the highlight being a track called ‘Medieval Summer Of 1353’ complete with mood lighting. Perhaps one of their best known tracks ‘Business Time’ had the audience in stiches and a hilarious sing along was encouraged with ‘Epileptic Dogs.’
The ease and familiarity they bring to their performance is a beautiful thing to behold. Despite making some mistakes in new songs, on occasion re-starting a song a couple of times, everything felt fresh and exciting and the innocent repartee present on the show was out in full force. We were subjected to some fairly amazing costume changes mid-show and were also rewarded with some Bret and Jermaine dance moves towards the end.
Closing the show with a very special performance of ‘Same Girl’ and ‘Sugalumps,’ fans left with sore bellies and tear soaked cheeks from laughter, back into the Sydney rain.
After such an incredible performance, Flight of the Conchords have firmly cemented themselves as New Zealand’s fourth most popular folk-parody duo. We hope they bring their sugarlumps back soon!
Written by Miranda Boyce
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