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February 28, 2005 | by  | in Music |
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Lederhosen Lucil

When you combine a woman in suspenders, a blond braided wig, and a Swiss style hat with a fairly impressive Yamaha keyboard, and amazing vocals, anything could happen. And considering that there were leap frog contests, conducted by the small but enthusiastic crowd of eccentrics down the front at Lucil’s request, it seems that anything did.

Lucil is Krista Muir’s German alter ego. And while Muir hales from Montreal, Lucil speaks with a fairly convincing, if not exaggerated, German accent, and answers the applause with an enthusiastic “Danka” after each song. Lucil’s persona laps up the frequent calls of “You’re hot”, with a giggle and “You’re hot too you know”, and responds to the audience’s oddball antics with “You guys rock out!” Eccentricity was alive and well at Indigo that night.

There really is no way to describe the experience that is Lederhosen Lucil. The usual genre pigeon-holing won’t cut it in this case. During her set she covers hip hop, garage rock, polka, punk, country and metal, all at the touch of a button on her mighty Yamaha. Regardless of genre, Lucil’s songs are ridiculously catchy, and not without an element of piss-take. Every moment of her show is unpredictable and off the wall. At one stage she dedicates a song to “telecommunications companies”; the following song is an, obviously genuine, tribute to the Pet Shop Boys. Muir grew up taking classical piano lessons, while listening to the Clash, the Ramones, Patsy Cline and the Pet Shop Boys. This mixture of influences has resulted in Lucil’s genre-defying, catchy-as-the-pop-you-pretend-you-don’t-know-all-the-words-to, and often hilarious, sound.

The audience at Indigo was small but energetic. It’s pretty safe to say Lucil’s music appeals to woman more than men, as the 80/20 ratio proved, but all who were there were definitely enjoying themselves.

Lucil, like her music, defies categorisation, and if I have ever thought that about another musician, it was blown out of the water when I saw Lucil. Her stage show is a combination of theatre and music; she coos and crows while also blowing you away with a voice and range that makes you stand up and pay attention. What attracted me to this gig, and why I am very glad I went, was the chance to see something different and original. If a Lederhosen-clad imitation German isn’t different and original, I don’t know what is.

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