Whoopsy Magazine Show Review
In all my years of show going I have never really encountered anything quite like The Tuna Helpers, and this is perhaps the reason for my initial lack of words to describe them. Hallucinogenic, contagious, and ludicrous are all certainly applicable but really don't hit the mark. It took me several days after the show to realize that I actually enjoyed it, and I think that speaks volumes about their craft. How often is it that you see a show and forget the name of the band mere moments after they leave the stage' It happens to me a hell of a lot more than I'd like to admit, but rest assured, jaded Austin hipsters, The Tuna Helpers will not be easily forgotten.
Throughout their show The Tuna Helpers simultaneously conjure the finer points of Pee Wee's Playhouse, a healthy dose of avant guard cabaret, and liberal dashes of Josie and the Pussycats. Their music is extremely eclectic, at times taking on an ethereal calliope quality, at others running the gamut from glam flavored rock to boogie woogie piano. None of their songs sound the same. No matter how you slice it, these girls, dressed in their teal tutus and bondage gear, are one of the most unusual and entertaining bands on the Austin scene. It may be a little while before you can catch them seeing as they've left for a Summer tour as of this release, but don't let that stop you from checking out their new album out on Mimicry Records.- Victor Hell