Adult is not usually one of the words you’d choose to use to describe Tripod. However, that’s what their latest show, Men of Substance, centres on – what awaits when you leave your youth behind and become “an adult”. Of course, getting older doesn’t necessarily mean that you get more mature, as illustrated perfectly by this trio of boys.
From the opening modern interpretive dance piece, you know this is going to be a fun ride and Yon, Gatesy and Scod keep the energy and the laughs coming for the full hour. While they may have aged a little, their style hasn’t and the all new set list once again showcases their prowess as both comedians and musicians. In an appropriately early time-slot, the three play-out the dysfunctional band relationship that has served them well for 16 years. The thing that makes this show work is the fine balance of self-awareness and self-deprecation and, despite the long history, the jibes still feel fresh and good humoured.
The subject matter of their tunes encompasses the important parts of “growing up”, with observations about exciting topics such as Business Activity Statements. Laughter was very forthcoming throughout, and the crowd was particularly responsive to a song looking at the impact of city-dwelling yuppies on the live music scene – a topic quite dear to the hearts of many in Adelaide. The closing number, which summarised “the desires of all women” and coined the new acronym “DILF” (you’ll have to either guess what that stands for, Google madly, or see the show) was an hilarious way to wrap up the set (prior to a quick, well deserved, encore).
No matter how much you think you won’t change, won’t become one of those annoying older people, for most of us, it inevitably happens. When that day comes, all you can really do is accept it and learn to laugh at yourself. Or at Tripod, because they clearly understand it so well and have created a corker of a show out of the experience.
Kryztoff Rating: 4K