Review: Flight of the Conchords live

23:29, Jun 13 2012
Flight of the conchords
DOING THE BUSINESS: Flight Of The Conchords didn't disappoint the Hastings crowd.

Flight of the Conchords

Hawke's Bay Opera House, Hastings, June 13

The Conchords landed in Hastings last night with their clever wit and catchy tunes, wooing the sold-out crowd in their first New Zealand show since 2009.

American comedian Arj Barker, also known as Dave, the pawn-shop guy in the pair's TV sitcom, warmed up the audience with lines packed full of punch.

But it was Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie that the fans came to see – and they didn't disappoint.

Silhouettes of a robot-shaped duo sent the crowd into a frenzy, as did the Conchords' robotic moves during Too Many Dicks on the Dance Floor.


They kept up the techno pace for Robots, apart from the odd costume blip as their spray-painted cardboard helmets bumped the microphone. But there was always an awkward joke or anecdote to make the crowd laugh.

The lads invited the audience to share in their "intimate relationship" by offering a new piece, during which Clement took on the woman's role to match McKenzie's masculine part.

The band were then joined by Nigel, "a sympathy orchestra" or lone cello player.

Business Time proved to be the biggest hit, with the crowd singing along to the catchy chorus.

With the audience eating out of their hands, the pair conducted a sing-along of Epiletic Dogs – with the crowd again carrying the song home.

The pace picked up again for Bowie, before a brief blackout allowed them to strip down to sparkly Bowie-inspired tops.

But not satisfied with a little bit of glitter, they added capes and revealed the full-length Lycra outfit hiding beneath their shirts.

Clement said that, after seeing Lady Gaga, they felt they had to up their game – and they did as they rocked Demon Woman home.

Each song offered something different, proving just how versatile and talented this duo really are.

Contact Tracey Chatterton
Hawke's Bay reporter
Twitter: @trackchatt

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