Die Roten Punkte (4 stars)

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  • 10 August 2009

This article is from 2009

Die Rotten Punkte

Otto and Astrid aim to rock your world

Over the past few years, the piano-playing Tim Minchin has captured hearts at the Edinburgh Fringe while Kiwi double-act Flight of the Conchords also began their rise to super-stardom on the city’s hallowed streets. Die Roten Punkte – a pseudo-German post-punk/electro/rock band – don’t have the same folksy charm as the latter, but there is certainly an underlying sophistication to their novelty musical act that belies its camp, clown-like surface.

Brother and sister duo Die Roten Punkte – ‘The Red Dots’ – are Otto on guitar and Astrid on drums: can you see the parallels yet? But while their first couple of songs do emulate the raw, angular beats of Jack and Meg White, their repertoire is much wider. ‘Straight Edge Girl’, Otto’s ‘middle-of-the-road ballad’, is a perfect send-up of the winsome guitar melodies that pepper the pop charts, while cheeky homages to Nick Cave and Kraftwerk are performed with serious gusto. These genuinely well-crafted songs are interspersed with comic dialogue and audience interaction, creating an atmosphere that’s unashamedly fun.

But it’s not a formula that’s likely to win over everyone and any complaints that the show over-relies on those hilarious German accents for humour may have some justification. What’s more, the performance is a little too long and the encore thrust upon the audience – a rendering of the band’s new song ‘Super Musikant’ (with emphasis on the last syllable) – dilutes some of the enjoyment of the previous hour. That said, if you’re looking for a late night comedy show that isn’t stand-up, Die Roten Punkte’s graceless blend of expressive comedy, will leave you ready to rock.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 31 Aug (not 17), 11.11pm, £10–£11 (£8.50–£9.50).

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Utterly dysfunctional siblings Otto and Astrid Rot are Berlin pop-punk and electro-clash royalty. Winner, Montreal Fringe. 'Inspired, brilliantly executed lunacy.' - ★★★★★ (Gazette, Montreal). 'Right from a Christopher Guest film.' (Metro, NY).

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