With more than 25 million YouTube hits and three consecutive sold-out Edinburgh Fringe seasons to their name, Australian comedy rock three-piece The Axis of Awesome are back with a new album and a new show.
Bursting onto the scene in 2007, the Axis - namely Jordan, Lee and Benny - made a name with their clever parodies of hip hop and rock classics but also with their inventive approach to musical comedy.
Three albums aside, their biggest success remains 'Four Chords', an arrangement of up to 36 famous rock and pop songs that share the same basic chord sequences. The Axis seamlessly segue from one hit to another and, in skilfully doing so, deconstruct the myth of song-writing somewhat and highlight its all-too-frequent formulaic nature. It has to be seen to be appreciated [and you can do just that by clicking the video, above - Ed].
Live and online audiences loved it and the Axis continue to perform 'Four Chords' live, constantly updating the medley to include recent hits. It nearly always starts with Journey's 'Don't Stop Believin'.
The Axis of Awesome are playing five UK autumn dates, beginning in London (the Shaw Theatre) on 17th November, followed by shows in Manchester, Glasgow and Birmingham, before the final gig of the run at Komedia in Brighton on 21st November.
We will have tickets for all dates when they go on sale at 9AM on Friday 5th August, priced £15-20.
Ahead of the November shows, the Axis will be appearing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival throughout August, beginning tonight (tonight!) at the Gilded Balloon Teviot. Previews (first two nights) are just £8, with the remaining shows priced £12.