Just got back from the Cockatoo Island Festival. Am very pleased to have gotten along to an event in Sydney while it’s still in its nascent phase. Unfortunately, it’s probably doomed to go the way of all other Sydney events like Tropfest or the noodle markets and end up overflowing with plebs and poseurs with hour-long queues for everything. Sigh.
This was something like my fourth attempt to see Monsieur Camembert (at Woodford their gigs were either overflowing or cancelled). What a let down. First they got everyone cheesed off by starting more than half an hour late, which they then explained as “technical difficulties”. Maybe I’d been spoiled by seeing so many other good acts today, but when they finally did come out they were rather on the nose.
So, Monsieur Camembert, some advice:
1. Get a drummer. You need one.
2. Treat your audience with more respect.
3. If you’re playing at a big event like Cockatoo Island, you might want to publicise that. For instance, by putting it on your website.
4. You’re not good enough musicians to be so up yourselves.
I mean, if someone had never seen a decent cabaret/klezmer band like Waiting for Guinness or Doch, I can understand how they might think Mister Fromage are kind of OK. But Waiting for Guinness muck around without being arrogant. Doch are a seriously professional, tight outfit who get away with showing off because they have talent to show. Camembert just don’t get it right at all. What a load of curd.