I have a feeling most of us are familiar with Flight of the Conchords, probably because of their show on HBO by the same name, but here we go, just in case. Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement are a comedy duo from New Zealand; they formed Flight of the Conchords in 1998, after being roommates at Victoria University of Wellington. As I said before, they had a show on HBO and a radio series on BBC before that. The two of them play folk comedy songs, or as they put it, “it’s more of a gangster folk, if you have to put into a genre of folk.”
What Makes Them Nerdy?
Flight of the Conchords is mostly tagged as a comedy band, but not always a nerdy one. However, they have quite a few songs which have classic-nerdy themes. For example, check out this song about robots taking over all of mankind called “The Humans are Dead”
Where Should I Start?
Watch some of the videos on their YouTube channel to see some live performances, and to get an idea of what their show was like. Start here with their Lord of the Rings tribute song, “Frodo Don’t Wear the Ring”
Also, if you haven’t seen it before, you can watch the two seasons of the HBO show called Flight of the Conchords on HBO Go, iTunes, Netflix, or by whatever your preferred method of watching shows happens to be.
Where Can I Get Their Music?
You can get their music on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, last.fm, Youtube, and Myspace (the list could go on, but I think you get the idea), and you can find more information about the band and upcoming projects on their Facebook and Twitter pages.
Last November, in an interview with New York Magazine, Bret McKenzie said that they are “loosely planning to tour in the next six months,” so look out for details about that to see them live, if you’re into that sort of thing.