The Les Clöchards: The Boys are Back in Town (3 stars)

This article is from 2013

The Les Clöchards: The Boys are Back in Town

Scrappy Corsican covers band

The hobo-styled five-piece from a small island off the coast of Corsica make a return trip to the Fringe with another energetically performed set of upbeat acoustic rock. There’s a touch of The Pogues in Les Clochards’ punk posturing and folk styling, but where the Irishmen mixed traditional folk tunes with their own raw material, these Mediterranean lads perform cover versions of rock and pop songs reworked in a variety of styles.

The opening number is an uptempo ska version of Thin Lizzy’s ‘The Boys Are Back in Town’. Elsewhere, there’s a heavy rock reworking of the 60s pop classic ‘Build Me Up Buttercup’, a reggae interpretation of Motorhead’s ‘The Ace of Spades’ and a handful of 80s chart hits, ‘The Time of My Life’ and ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ among them, which are given the acoustic rock treatment.

Les Clochards work hard to get the joint jumping, but they’re probably better suited to playing a small dive rather than the grand hall at Assembly Checkpoint. And while it’s fun to hear some of their reworkings of familiar tunes, they’re a bit hit-and-miss and occasionally quite cringeworthy in a performance that’s not obviously tongue-in-cheek

Assembly Checkpoint, 226 0000, until 25 Aug (not 13), 9.10pm, £10–£11 (£9–£10).

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The Les Clochards: The Boys are Back in Town

  • 3 stars

Last year's surprise hobo band is back: a slugfest of rock'n'roll. Songs you thought you knew performed with a comic twist. 'Certainly insane, hugely charismatic, side-splittingly hilarious. *****' – ThreeWeeks 'Ultimately irresistible. ****' – Fest 'Punchy musicality and bags of character. ****' – Herald 'A new brand of…