FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS REVIEW

Last night the almost award-winning and New Zealand's fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo took to the stage at the Genting Arena.

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On what was one of the hottest days of the year, thousands of us piled in from the sunshine, into a massive, dark room to watch the long awaited return of Flight of the Conchords. With support from hilariously deadpan Eugene Mirman, who plays landlord Eugene in the TV series, and who voices Gene on US sitcom Bob's Burgers the crowd were in good spirits.

Comparing themselves to Guns N’ Roses, Jermaine and Bret joked how they’d made us wait a whole 90 days for the show, I mean you don’t get much more rock and roll than that…even if the real reason was that Brett had broken his arm and they’d had to reschedule. The pair headed on stage to rapturous applauses from the sold out Genting Arena, the Conchords opened with their first song of the night Father and Son.

The show was a great mix of old and new songs, ordinarily I would say we missed Business Time and Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros, but the crowd didn’t seem to mind, especially when we were all singing “we’ve got chips, we’ve got dips, we’ve got chips and we’ve got dips”, “huuuuuuuuuuummmusss!” The Brum references in Inner City Pressure and The Most Beautiful Girl in the Room got the crowd laughing, and 1353 (Woo A Lady), with accompaniment from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, ended with an epic recorder finale with the audience clapping along!

Jermaine and Bret bought their trademark Conchords crazy anecdotes between songs, a showcase of the investment they've made into brand new instruments since their last UK tour 8 years ago *reminiscing bar chime sounds* and even a Jazz number about stolen spoons. Foux du Fafa, Albi the Racist Dragon, Deana and Ian and of course Bowie were all highlights, and the set ended with Back on the Road with the guys explaining that it’s was “the rock and roll thing to do” to say it was their last song…even though if we made any sort of noise (even the noise of our footsteps leaving) they’d be back on stage in a flash for an encore!

The, somewhat expected encore, didn’t disappoint! The Seagull “kaw kaw”, a Mutha’uckas/Hurt Feelings mash up, Carol Brown, and an epic binary solo in Robots and the crowd singing “humans are dead” ended what was a hilarious summer evening.

Verdict

As with all comedy anything I write just won’t do it justice but trust me when I say Bret (and Jermaine) have got it going on!

★★★★★