Live. Koo Koo Kanga Roo


Live. Koo Koo Kanga Roo
with Little Robyn and The Mob
1st October, Camden Monarch

The sunlight pours through the curtains and dances across your face. Through bleary eyes and aching muscles you haplessly try and knock it away. What happened last night? You voice is hoarse, unicorns plague your dreams and despite never eating one, you want nothing more than a PB&J sandwich. No crusts. This isn’t a hangover. This is more richly deserved. This is a Koo Koo Kanga Roo-over.

Having finished a fifteen date UK tour with Frank Turner, and dividing the opinions of his near-zealous fanbase, Koo Koo Kanga Roo say goodbye to England with a glorious performance of hi-jinks and dance routines.

Little Robyn and The Mob choose a different approach to entertain.

The energetic and charismatic presence of Little Robyn draws attention from the off. Wide-eyed and grinning, every word out of her mouth is emphasised by her entire being. Passionate, gesticulating and straight up, she leads The Mob through a forty-five minute set of Jazz infused Pop. The Mob themselves are a playful pyramid of knowing looks and bemused smirks as, from the front to the back, the crowd are drawn into their twisting grunge soiree. With such an effortless focal point, Little Robyn and The Mob win over a crowd that shouldn’t be theirs. It’s just a shame they had college in the morning.

Koo Koo Kanga Roo have no such concerns. Their “kids songs for adults” seem made for YouTube views but ‘IRL’ their music takes on a grander resonance. It’s still fun, but from a quiet chuckle at your computer screen to shit-eating smiles amongst strangers and friends alike, Koo Koo Kanga Roo are masters of crowd control. Unassuming and bold, the duo from Minnesota are the hyperactive bastard children of Watch The Throne and a paint by numbers. Colourful, excitable and goofy, the pair “Hello Bryan, Hello Neil”, entice the audience to participate with syncronised dance routines and call and response songs about cats, fanny packs and rainbows with disarming charm and an infectious lust for life. There’s a stage invasion, a dance circle pit and a giant parachute that turns the crowd into carnage. It’s a punk show doused in glitter. Koo Koo Kanga Roo’s driving electronic synths and vibrant drum tracks provide the foundations to lose yourself in their warmth and good nature. If music is about having fun, Koo Koo Kanga Roo are the best live band around. Now, who wants to be a ninja?


~ by justdip on 06/10/2014.

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