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Astrid and Otto Rot are bringing their unique performance to the Sunshine Coast.

Many performers will promise audiences will have a good time when they come along to their gigs, but Astrid and Otto Rot are unlike any performers you will ever meet.

The siblings, who make up emo rock band Die Roten Punkte (The Red Dots) claim they will inspire “a shift in the way a generation thinks about the world.”

“There will be a shift in the axis of the earth during our show,” Ms Rot says.

“Yes, through the power of our music, the vibrations of the music, we are going to shift global warming. It’s going to be a serious rock and roll party,” Mr Rot chips in.

The outgoing, self-proclaimed super musicians are the creation of experienced performers Clare Bartholomew and Daniel Tobias and in the tradition of Spinal Tap and Flight of the Conchords, they have created an emotional backstory for their characters Astrid and Otto… they just can’t seem to agree on what it is.

The pair recently spoke with My Weekly Preview while in character.

“We were orphaned as children when our parents were killed by a lion,” Mr Rot says.

“No, it was a train,” Ms Rot interjects.

“We had a nasty aunt and uncle who came to look after us and we ran away and grew up in a squat in Berlin with a whole lot of artists. There, we found instruments and started playing. I used to use Otto as an instrument, he made good percussive sounds. If I poked him in the stomach, he would squeak and if I pinched him in the arm, he would growl.”

Their latest tour Eurosmash! is the pair’s fourth full-length post-punk cabaret comedy show that comes after years of acclaim, selling out shows in New York, Edinburgh, Montreal, Costa Mesa, Albuquerque and Dublin.

Eurosmash! reaches down to the bottom of the Eurotrash barrel to songs that are unashamedly slick pop with “lost in translation” lyrics. It’s the best of Eurovision with a tragically hilarious unfolding narrative.

“It can be hard because we are a serious band and when we were at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, people were just laughing and holding their stomachs,” Mr Rot says.

Eurosmash! is at the Lake Kawana Community Centre on May 26 from 7.30pm. Tickets are available from


Roxy has been a journalist for more than a decade and joined the MWP team at the end of 2016. She is a chocolate-powered writing machine who loves to engage with the Coast community, uncover untold inspirational stories and share information that can help people.

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