Irish group, Dead Cat Bounce brought their own style of concept comedy rock to Excess at Gluttony in two shows. The one playing most nights and their more successful was entitled Caged Heat where band members Jim, Dave, Shane and Mick played their own songs on a range of topics from Ronald Reagan to the similarities between pigeons and pirates (if you can believe that.)
The other, Bootlegs, was late on Mondays where the boys played (effectively) two verse covers that seemed to know no end and rollicked long to the delight of a young crowd that filed in, many of which were Fringe workers of some form or another looking for a bit of release away from their duties.
Rock comedy like this is not easy for you need some good material that the audience can actually hear. Lead singer Jim, looking every bit Jim Morrison reincarnated, provided a somewhat disarming (but effective) figure as the classic rock band lead singer but with somewhat coy and goofy antics. The rest assumed the usual range of personalities and great merriment was had.
Elsewhere this fringe, in a similar style, we had Tim McMillan and the Axis of Awesome. Dead Cat Bounce sit somewhere in between them, being without the trickery of McMillan but brave enough to go with their own material where the Axis crew relied more heavily on parody.
Their Caged Heat shows were terrific while their Bootlegs seemed just an excuse to jam, where little of their band’s personalities got a run.
Very much hope they return next year.
Kryztoff Rating 4K
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