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Die Roten Punkte – literally The Rot Dots – probably believe by now that they are a German punk rock band, they’ve been in character so long. Fans of The Flight Of The Conchords, The Mighty Boosh and, yeah, actually, The White Stripes will love their award winning show, coming to the Fringe. Are you ready for this? Let’s go.
How did Die Roten Punkte form?
After our parents were eaten by a lion when I was 9 years old and Astrid was 12, she took us to live in a squat in Berlin. Everyone in our neighbourhood was in a band. We went to see David Bowie and decided we would form our own band. We spent the first few years practicing all the important things like how to do leaps like Pete Townsend and how to stand in photographs. Then somehow Astrid got her hands on a drumkit and an electric guitar and we would play concerts in our squat.
Can you tell us all about Kunst Rock?
Actually, it’s a little bit strange for us, because we are a serious indie rock and roll band, but our manager books us into comedy and theatre festivals all around the world. And sometimes I can hear people laughing. I don’t mind, as long as people are having a good time. On this tour we are playing songs from our Kunst Rock (Art Rock) album. When we wrote the songs we were very influenced by bands like The Pixies, The Who, Devo, B52s, Talking Heads, Bikini Kill, Peaches and Arcade Fire.
Have you performed at the Spiegeltent before?
We have done shows at Spiegeltents in Edinburgh, Auckland, Tauranga, Melbourne and in front of the Sydney Opera House. I love the way that it feels like something special is going to happen. It’s theatrical but you can also have rock and roll sound and lights.
What else are you looking forward to at the Fringe and Festival?
Now that my sister Astrid has come out of drug and alcohol rehabilitation, she is playing the drums much better. She doesn’t fall over so much. I’m looking forward to a much safer Fringe for everyone.
Are you a Brighton Fringe regular?
We played one night in Brighton in 2010, but we didn’t get time to see much at all. I did buy some nice boots at Vegetarian Shoes. This time I’m looking forward to walking around The Lanes.
You are in the process of making a movie, can you tell us more about that?
When we played in San Diego a film maker told us that she wanted to make a film about Astrid and I. Some people are going to follow us touring around North America. We are just waiting on some dates. I will have to make sure I am in peak shape to do high Pete Townsend leaps.
If we don’t manage to scoop a ticket to your show what would we be missing?
The best rock and roll concert you’ve ever seen in your life! It’s probably not a good idea to miss out.