Fringe: Axis Of Awesome **** Still on top of their game
There's been a big change in musical comedy band Axis of Awesome - but it's not quite what you imagined.
Axis Of Awesome
Won’t Ever Not Stop Giving Up
Gilded Balloon Teviot (Venue 14)
It’s ten years since Axis of Awesome first hit the Fringe - and they’re still at the top of their game.
The festival was a major launch pad for the Australian trio, and now, millions and millions of Youtube hits later, they are back … with a difference.
Since their last visit, singer Jordan has revealed she is now a transgender woman, and they deal with ‘the elephant in the room’ quite brilliantly at the start of this show - and, in doing so, set the bar pretty high for the rest of the night.
The show is a mix of old and new material.
Long-standing Axis fans - Axissians? Axisons? - will recognise them immediately, and still enjoy hearing them one more time from a band that is slick, sharp and completely at home on stage.
They pack a lot into an hour of comedy and music.
Benny has a Will Smith obsession going on, breaking into raps every now and then which he says he has co-written for the great man’s movies, while Lee’s Johnny Cash routine is simply off the wall.
Add in a bonkers song about KFC - it’ll make you laugh rather than make you hungry for some finger-lickin’ chicken - and one about an octopus, and then bring it altogether with a smashing update on ‘Four Chords’ in which they nail 36 hit songs with the same chord structure and they wrap it up on the highest possible note; the perfect bookend to a slick, sharp opening number.
Long standing fans will love it, and newbies will soon get into the swing of the Axis style.