This new show from Ireland's comedy rock 'n' roll supergroup is tremendously silly and, to that end, immensely enjoyable. In mish-mashing the likes of The Darkness' glam-rock majesty with Spinal Tap's tomfoolery, the stunning Dead Cat Bounce restore teeth and claws to the grene of music comedy. Put simply, the trio go above and beyond the standards set by local heroes of the same genre (Tripod, Anyone For Tennis?, Smart Casual) to great success.
Dead Cat Bounce's allure begins with their expertise as musicians. Their execution is flawless, the trio a tight, cohesive unit. Even their image is hyper-stylised, each performer the product of a particular scene. Naturally, this works to accentuate the hilarity of their material: on the one hand, as an audience, you're presented with a super-serious, wholly-accomplished band. On the other, however, you have its frontman waxing lyrical on kayaking accidents, very tall women, golf and farm animals. When their theatrical glam-rock prowess collides with bouts of fiercely ridiculous subject matter, the result is comedy gold.
This inherent dichotomy is slick and well-considered, too. Their compositions are works of intelligence and careful labour. The trio manage to incorporate impeccable comedic timing within any given tune, emerging master architects of the comedy song. Their gags ultimately emerge sharp jabs, designed to floor upon delivery.
Overall, Ireland's Dead Cat Bounce are terrific in that you can admire them as musicians as much as comedians. They swiftly appeal to both the music enthusiast and the common punter. Highly recommended.