The Beards & Massive Horse – The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen – 02/03/14
First up was the touring support on the night, Massive Horse, set the comedy theme for the evening, despite being beardless. They are a couple of rappers, set against a backdrop featuring a projection of videos filmed to go with their numbers. Robot Girlfriend was one number where the video was used to good effect.
There was much beard stroking when The Beards came onstage, both of their own and each other’s – as well as of willing members of the crowd. There were even women sporting (stick on) beards. They have come all the way from Australia and they brought typical Oz humour with them, including later on suggesting that, as they want to get home eventually, we should visit their Merchandise stall.
The Beards may be a bit of a novelty act, based around the fact that all of their songs are about beards, but that does not hamper the fact that they are actually pretty good entertainment – musically accomplished and very polished on stage.
Featuring such numbers as ‘If your Dad doesn’t have a beard, you’ve got two mums’, Shaved off his Beard and concluding with ‘You should consider having sex with a bearded man’ the set was very well received.
There were some amusing set pieces; the guitarist playing his guitar using his beard and a mid-song spot where the crowd were singing a line over and over while the band took a time-out, with the singer & lead guitarist having a chat over a beer while the bassist reading a book – about beards. All in all, it was a fun night.
The above was Dark Secret‘s review of the night, however Still Burning wasn’t as impressed…
To be fair I probably just wasn’t in the mood for this on the night. Massive Horse, were a fun start to the evening and harmless to see and kept my attention throughout their short set. The Beards however, were a bit different. I’ve no idea what it was but after two songs about err beards I just wanted to be elsewhere. I realise that this probably makes me sound like a proper miserable sod but honest I’m not. Maybe you had to be bearded (even the women) I don’t know, it just didn’t work for me, at all. Maybe just an off night. Just being honest guv. Hey, here’s ANOTHER song about beards. Cue zzzzzzz in my corner.
Images by Dark Secret and Still Burning.
The Beards Website
Massive Horse Website