It only takes four chords to make a pop song â€” and three funny Australian guys to point it out.
As a stop on their first U.S. tour, the Aussie musical comedy trio The Axis of Awesome will perform in the Lory Student Center Theater tonight at 7:30.
The Axis of Awesome is best known in the states for their song â€œFour Chords,â€ which has received more than 14 million views on YouTube. The song satirizes the monotony of pop music by melding together dozens of pop hits, including Journeyâ€™s â€œDonâ€™t Stop Believing,â€ using the same four-chord progression.
â€œIt just shocked me to see how many songs used those four chords,â€ undeclared freshman Vincent Hauser said. â€œThe Axis of Awesome is the epitome of â€˜awesome.â€™â€
After watching the group on YouTube, Association for Student Activity Programming Comedy coordinator Tim Brogdon was also amused, and he thought the trio would be perfect for ASAP Comedyâ€™s next big concert.
â€œWe researched other musical comedians, but we realized Axis of Awesome was the best act for the best price,â€ Brogdon said. The groupâ€™s booking fee was $4,000, which was paid for with ASAP-allotted student fees.
However, working out concert logistics with an Australia based act wasnâ€™t easy for ASAP Comedy.
â€œWeâ€™ve been working hard with the agent since February, and the contracting process took a little longer than expected,â€ Brogdon said. â€œWeâ€™re really lucky to have (The Axis of Awesome) coming to CSU.â€
Along with the trioâ€™s YouTube hit, tonightâ€™s audience will also have the chance to hear some of Axis of Awesomeâ€™s original songs and various musical parodies.
And while he didnâ€™t announce an exact set list, Axis of Awesomeâ€™s lead vocalist Jordan Raskopouos promises a one-of-a-kind show.
â€œ(There will be) three Australian men singing funny songs for around an hour. Weâ€™ll also talk and dance a bit,â€ Raskopouos said in an email to the Collegian.
â€œThe climax of the show involves a rooftop battle with a sexy demon woman and a large man made of marshmallow. Seriously, itâ€™ll be better than studying.â€
Ticketâ€™s are $4 for CSU students, $7 for non-students and they can be purchased at the door or ahead of time at csutix.com.
Staff writer Colleen McSweeney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.