As the story goes, their parents were killed – Astrid says by a train, Otto says it was by lions. They get their inspiration from the Ramones and the Talking Heads – or maybe it’s Bono and Coldplay. They’ve sold 3,500 records – well, if you count the 3,000 that Otto gave away on Facebook.
“Otto, you are not going to go near the warehouse anymore,” says Astrid Rot, one of the two egomaniacal faux-German siblings who perform as Die Roten Punkte, firmly.
In reality, Otto and Astrid Rot are a hilarious rock ‘n’ roll sendup created by Aussie actors Clare Bartholomew and Daniel Tobias, whose shows have picked up accolades at Fringe fests from Edmonton to Edinburgh – and their latest, Eurosmash!, sees Otto and Astrid branching out from art rock to dance music with songs such as Do you Speak Dance?, which has the pair going to new planet Kepler-22b and communicating with the aliens through dance.
So what do the squabbling siblings hope audiences will take away from their show?
“I think if they are inspired to make changes in the world and changes in themselves…” says Otto, who eats bananas and does Pilates each morning, before the nightclubbing Astrid jumps in. “No, we want them to be going out fist pumping in the air going ‘That was awesome. I had so much fun I nearly wet my pants.’ That’s what we want.”