Center Stage: Axis Of Awesome
Axis of Awesome is Australia’s contribution to the comedy music scene. Whereas The Lonely Island might get away with hardcore raps and hooks sung by celebs, AOA get away with clever wordplay and pop parodies, tunes that would line up more with Flight of the Conchords or Tenacious D. In fact, if you imagine Jack Black fronting Flight of the Conchords, you got yourself a pretty damn close comparison to Axis of Awesome.
The trio (Jordan Raskopoulos, Lee Naimo, and Benny Davis) has become a bit of a phenomenon in their hometown, videos of their song are in the 20+ million views range, with them nipping at the proverbial heels of Rebecca Black, for viral video dominance. They’ve also raked in a bunch of awards at Australian comedy festivals including “Best Australian Act” at the Sydney Comedy Festival and a Moosehead award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
They are also about to release their first US album, Animal Vehicle, which will be available through iTunes on July 12th and they are out on the road, touring the states in support of the album’s release.
Axis Of Awesome Tour Dates
July 12 – Largo at The Coronet, Los Angeles (Album release party)
July 15,16,17 – Laugh Out Loud, San Antonio, TX
August 1 – 30 – Fringe Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland
September 16 – Drew University, Madison, NJ
September 27 – George’s Majestic Lounge, Fayetteville, AR
October 14, 15 – Cap City Comedy Club, Austin, TX
October 21 – Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
October 22 – Cinema Grill, New Hope, MN
October 27 – Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA