Ian’s 4.5* Review:
A very talented group of performers with a really interesting, different, musical and enjoyable hour of twisted steampunk storytelling.
Last year we saw The Mechanisms: Once Upon A Time in Space which we loved. This year, the charismatic Johnny DeVille once again leads his band of space-pirates in a musical storytelling feast. I must confess I supported their IndieGoGo campaign to make a studio recording of this, but I haven’t yet listened to the CD as I wanted to see them live first. I really enjoyed it – there was a wider range of musicality this year using the voices of all the band members in different ways in different songs. It was thoroughly engaging, and I was astonished to discover an hour had passed when the show came to an end. Highly recommended.
Our second time seeing the steampunk space pirates The Mechanisms. For the second year this was a wonderful hour of spoken word and song – this time with a bluesy feel. Compelling and interesting songs, great singers, charismatic performances, wonderful costumes and makeup – I absolutely loved the theatrics of it. Very very good. If I had a small criticism it would be that I was so taken up with the performance that I didn’t find it wasn’t easy to follow the story. Or maybe that says more about me than them. It’s free Fringe but if you give them a fiver you can have a CD of the show – epic.