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His Merry Men, a nine-piece funk-latin-reggae outfit got my boogie shaking on a cheeky Thursday night at the zoo. Supported by ex- Brisbane, now Melbourne singer / songwriter, Dru, and local band Astrid & The Asteroids, it was a great night.
The first act to warm up the stage was Dru. With his amazing vocal range, Prince-like falsetto and smooth sounds, he helped limber up the crowd, finishing with a funky new song "You Bring Out The Best In Me".
Next up was Astrid & The Asteroids. Now I've been trying to get to see these cats for a while now and boy, was I in for a surprise. Described as "cosmic pop", the six-piece (three girls, three guys) dressed like space people and whipped through a snappy set of very, very danceable tunes.
With the crowd worked into a frenzy, His Merry Men opened with an instrumental tune, then announced they were going to play their album, track by track - what a treat! With a sound that harks back to 70s surf rock with a funky flavour, vocal powerhouse, Megan Crocombe was joined by the Maid Marions - Astrid from the previous band, Steph Taylor and Lara Boyle - and backed up by a raft of horns, brass, keys, guitars and drums. There was not a still body in the house. For their encore, they played their incredibly popular track "Been Around".