LIVE REVIEW: Tripod – The Toff in Town, June 12th
After touring Tripod Vs the Dragon for the past two and a half years, it’s about time Scod, Yon & Gatesy come up with something new. They may have been going strong for fifteen years, with a rather generous back catalogue, but it’s always great to experience a fresh Tripod track.
The comedy trio’s Sunday night residency at the Toff in Town throughout June is an opportunity for them to play songs both old and new. On Sunday night we didn’t hear “Gonna Make You Happy Tonight”, or “Thursday”, but a few of their older comedy gems. The new material was strong, particularly the lovely piece about the couple with the blueprint who want to move to the inner suburbs and shut down the local pubs.
Tripod shows are about more than just the songs, though. The on-stage banter is sometimes a little stilted [particularly if you’ve seen them as many times as I have – you start to recognise some of the jokes], but it’s often as funny, or even more so, than the songs it serves to introduce.
Note: The shows go for two hours over dinnertime. Food at the Toff is nice, but a little pricey/gourmet for my student budget. There is an intermission, but if you take that opportunity to buy Pringles from the convenience store next door, the bouncers won’t let you back in until you finish the can [true story]. Also, doors open an hour before the music begins. Get there early if you want a table, otherwise you’ll be stuck standing up the back next to the bar, and you won’t be able to see anything.