Die Roten Punkte – Rock! [FringeTIX]
Die Roten Punkte @ Le Cascadeur
11:15pm, Sat 20 Feb 2010
This was my sixth Die Roten Punkte gig – and their crowds keep growing. Le Cascadeur is packed this Saturday night, and there are a lot of people who seem familiar with a lot of the new staples of DRP‘s act – Ich Bin Nicht Ein Roboter and Rock Bang seem to be really well known, now, but I’ve no idea how they’ve become so popular… maybe their YouTube videos?
But the thing is, I could almost copy’n'paste last year’s DRP post in here, and it would still be perfectly appropriate. The extended Ich Bin Nicht Ein Roboter piece is still in there, and new songs Burger Store Dinosaur and Banananana(?) show a complexity in their composition that was absent from their earlier work.
And that, I think, is where they lose me a bit.
As I keep saying in every DRP post since 2007, the absence of those simple audience singalong songs – the ones where the crowd almost drive the song along – creates a gaping hole in the DRP experience. And that’s demonstrated in this evening’s show by the fact that my highlights were the (audience selected) First Three Tracks From The First Album – the identical-sounding songs that sucked me into the DRP mystique to start off with.
I mean, really – the encore was Super Musikant. All they had to do was drop in Best Band In The World and leave me on a big singalong high. Sure, it was still a decent show – and I highly recommend it to anyone who hasn’t seen Die Roten Punkte before – but on this form they’re creeping closer to the day when I don’t consider them a must-see act every Fringe.
C’mon, guys. Best Band In The World. You know you want to.