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Published May 18th 2016
Proving that what they write is music
It's kind of hard to tell if Tripod realise just how talented they are. Because they're kind of a rock band and mostly a comedy group. And when they're not laughing at each other (or the audience), making jokes about themselves, and sounding a bit trendy-dad, they're banging out these uber sweet melodies and creating OH&S considerate bowing methods and generally being cool.
The interesting thing about reviewing this show is that you won't get to see the same show I did. You might get to hear DILF, like we did (totally got it. Picked one myself). You might get Ghost Ship (viewer's choice). It's pot luck, because the songs are chosen from their new songbook - 101 Tripod Hits - from a bingo cage.
The songbook is real - you can pick one up after the show. Tripod says it proves what they've been writing for two decades is music.
You don't need to be a Tripod fanatic to go and love this show. Just don't say that you're not while you're in the theatre. (The woman behind us nearly excommunicated her friend because he admitted he'd never seen them live before. Then we almost went deaf when the audience choice was offered - she really, REALLY wanted to hear Hot Dog Man, by the way.)
It won't matter if you've never heard them before (just quietly) because you'll laugh, probably snort a little, giggle, chuckle, gasp (at least once) and find your toes tapping and your funny bone dancing before you know it.
You'll probably realise you HAVE heard them before when they start to play, in any case. They were an institution on Triple J during their breakfast show with their Song in an Hour segment. They've been on the TV with Skithouse, the album of which won them a 2005 ARIA Award. They've appeared on the Oxfam Gala for Channel 10 and performed with artists like Missy Higgins on ABCTV.
They've also performed a tribute to gamers with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Grammy-nominated, BAFTA-winning composer, Austin Wintory. It's called 6 murder ballads for Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Syndicate. It picked up multiple Original Soundtrack of the Year awards.
The gamers in the house know all about it. They'll sing along.