There’s a slight difficulty in describing exactly what it is that Frisky and Mannish do. They describe it as ‘twisted pop cabaret’ and aim to educate their audience in the history and politics of popular music. I would say their act consists more of satirising and lampooning the power ballad / boy band end of the music market (as well as spot on impersonations of Lily Allen and Florence Welch). To glorious, uproarious effect. Really all I can say is: go and see them. Now. Do it so you can say when they have become monster, best selling DVD, booking out Wembley famous that you ‘discovered’ them and loved them way back when…
Last night’s show at St. David’s Hall saw F&M fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe performing the first date on their ‘The College Years’ Tour. The show basically consists of Frisky on vocals and Mannish on keyboard and vocals performing new arrangements / reimaginings of ’80s, ’90s and ’00s pop songs. The reason this seemingly simple idea works so brilliantly for F&M is due to the amount of warmth, wit, talent and waspish humour in the delivery. Both have blow-you-away voices and impressive vocal ranges and could walk something like the X Factor. Both are also young, sexy, dressed up to the nines and prone to break out the crazy dance moves which I’m sure helps keep the audience hooked.
Frisky and Mannish performed in the L3 Lounge at St Davids Hall an underrated venue which suits this kind of thing perfectly. The audience instantly warmed to them and they seemed to have their fan club in as there was quite a bit of merry heckling from one table!
Good news! F&M are performing at the Comedy Box in Bristol 12th and 13th Nov…Go book now!