The series features the band as struggling musicians, alongside a load of comedic guest stars including regulars Simon Farnaby as Sloman, their perverse neighbour; Ryan Pope as their iniquitous manager Chevy; and Sophie Wu as Zoe, Stef's long-suffering girlfriend.
As well as a bunch of wild music videos, the six-part series sees the band trying to cope with day-to-day challenges like sharing a dingy East London flat, trying to impress girls when they have no cash, and working out who has to sleep on the kitchen floor. Who hasn't been there, right? Share in the guys' successes and failures as they drag their way through a sea of bizarre obstacles and unsavoury characters toward pop stardom. EXTRAS:
• Life Is A Musical – single take version
• Music Video Outtakes
• The Sloman Show Extended Scenes
• Behind The Beast
Initially coming to prominence through the many millions of viewers who viewed their work on YouTube, The Midnight Beast
transferred to television with some success. Mixing in comedy with the quality music that helped win them so many fans, The Midnight Beast
centres on the three members of the band--Dru Wakely, Ashley Horne and Stefan Abingdon. The TV show is in sitcom format, and it then fictionalises the story of the trio’s quest for success.
Parallels to Flight Of The Conchords are perhaps inevitable, yet The Midnight Beast band members have enough identity of their own. The show simply comes alive when the music kicks in, dragging a little in the segments in between. But that music? Just brilliant. Ripping apart the conventions of modern popular manufactured songs, there’s a clear edge to what The Midnight Beast does here, and it’s frequently very, very funny.
It perhaps goes without saying that The Midnight Beast isn’t to all tastes, as few things are. However, if you can work through the acted elements, and want to enjoy some wonderfully fearless musical work, then this is brilliant. All six episodes of the show’s first series are included, and the disc has some welcome extra features too. As well as behind the scenes material, there are traditional outtakes, and also some unmissable musical outtakes as well. Extended material and a single take version of Life Is A Musical are very welcome additions to the package.
A quality release, this. The show may have a couple of problems, but it’s got so many rewatch moments, that it rewards a DVD purchase, many times over. –-Jon Foster