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Biscuithead & the Biscuit Badgers | Newcastle Alphabetti Spaghetti Theatre | 10/05/14

Biscuithead & the Biscuit Badgers

Gig review and photos by Dawn


As their name suggests, Biscuithead and the Biscuit Badgers are not your typical band. For starters there are no guitars, with a piano providing the main melodies instead. And if at this point you're thinking "so what, wasn't that Keane's USP?", rest assured that Tim Rice-Oxley was never accompanied by a tuba-playing badger or a face-painted frontman wearing bunny ears - and it's a fair bet that Keane have never sung songs about venus fly traps or amino acids either.

Biscuithead are brilliant because they take life's mundanities, write intelligent but laugh-out-loud funny lyrics about them and then surround the hilarity in a melody capable of getting lodged in your brain for hours afterwards. They are wonderfully surreal but behind the silliness and the makeup lies exquisite craftmanship. Tonight's set is reminiscent of an old-time Music Hall show brought up to date by men resplendent in odd outfits, but men who are also expert musicians - and Dean's comedic but soaring vocals are flawless.

Dean, Sam, Matty and Bob give us everything from dinosaur ditties and cheese choruses to takeaway tales and odes to David Attenborough, but the undoubted highlight this time around is the simply hilarious My Mysterious Uncle.

It's testament to Biscuithead's appeal that tonight the cheers and claps from the crowd get louder with every song – leaving the foursome to return for an unplanned encore of the ever-entertaining My Lovely Moustache and then take a final bow to even more enthusiastic applause. Biscuithead and the Biscuit Badgers need to be seen (and heard) to be believed, so do check them out at your earliest convenience - you won't regret it.

With thanks to Biscuithead. New album Dinosaurs Ate My Caravan is released in June with a launch party on June 6th 2014 at the Frog and Newt on Burley Street in Leeds. Visit http://www.biscuithead.co.uk for more information.

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