A selection of reviews of Bertie Page and her band Bertie Page Clinic
“Bertie Page is a true vaudeville artiste. She dances, she sings she does ballads and burlesque, she does satire and slapstick and she looks very good whatever she does. She has more talent than inhibitions, and she never takes herself seriously which is why she is SERIOUSLY entertaining.”
Barry Humphries (a fan)
“Oh my god, no one does classic style cabaret with the wit, style and talent that Miss. Bertie has unleashed on the world. She is a true comedian, burlesque performer, satirist, artist and showgirl...Expect to have your brain as well as your eyeballs tickled when Miss. Bertie takes to the helm.”
"If you like rock and roll debauchery, with a splash of burlesque and a tongue-in-cheek attitude – you will most likely want to get your hands on a copy of Bertie Page Clinic‘s latest album, French Tickler.
The album begins with ‘Headsucker‘ – a 30 second whimsical, mysterious, scene setting introduction that stirs your sense of intrigue. It’s this brief encounter that pushes you further into the albums embrace. Following track ‘Rock & Roll Is My Business‘ immediately grabs the listener’s attention – with the powerful roar of Bertie Page’s vocals drumming up images of rock powerhouses such as Shirley Manson. It’s these killer vocals, mixed with the tight-as-hell melodies that keep you listening and wanting more.
‘My Sister’s Friend’s Cousin from Woodridge‘ takes you completely by surprise – offering tongue-in-cheek lyricism and delivery that is as much infectious as it is delightful. Once again, it’s Page’s vocal delivery that is the biggest highlight of the track – ranging from operatic to a punk sneer.
‘Head On‘ provides a simple, quick interlude before ‘Ready To Punch Your Face‘ enters the frame with its sleazy, distorted, rock and roll sound – just the way it was meant to be played.
‘Eye Of The Dawn‘ proves a powerful, albeit sinister ballad – whilst album closer, a punchy rock/punk version of ‘Alouette‘ rounds out this experimental, yet wholly enjoyable album."
Push To Fire
Overall, this is a strong little album from the Brisbane four-piece, and with an upcoming European tour only mere days away, there is no better time to sit down, dim the lights, take the phone off the hook and get yourself acquainted with this band.
“The Bertie Page Clinic blend burlesque and rock in Rock And Roll In A G String, their first album. Full of thudding drums and distorted guitars, this debut is sweetened by front woman Bertie’s unique voice. Standout tracks on the album for me a 'Turbo Niko' and 'Scarlett Grinder'. The former a fast song with sharp lyrics. It’s an aggressive song, standing out because of the shouty lyrics and Bertie’s strong Australian accent coming though. 'Scarlett Grinder' is a seductive, slower song with fuzzy guitars and a 70s vibe. These tracks differ from the tone of the rest of the album with closer 'Hong Kong Hit' featuring a quite different vocal style backed by a fun 80s keyboard sound. Humour also features with lyrics such as “square dance maketh the man” and “shithouse music can sap your will” on 'Purple Monkey'. Lines that stuck in my head long after I stopped listening giving the album extra entertainment value. The burlesque roots of the band shine through in the lyrics of title track Rock And Roll In A G String, confronting at first but likable. The inclusion of a couple of tracks featuring a stripped back band may have been good to show off their range and break up the album a little, but who am I kidding? I love rock music, and the Bertie Page Clinic satisfied. It’s rock and roll with a twist and I’m looking forward to seeing where the Clinic will take their sound in the future.”
Rating: 7.5/10 By Cassandra Sharp - Liveguide
“Bertie Page Clinic is spangles and glam, punk and transvestite, stiletto heels sharp as scalpels, station wagons, lyricism, grand eloquence and infernal vocal exercises, a hot, guttural sound which could burn a hole in your crotch!”
Headsucker, Rennes, France
“An experienced and consistently brilliant performer, Page brings a twisted sense of humour and appropriate sense of the theatrical to the night that elevates the event from a standard concert into something more explosive and open with poetry readings, humour, audience interaction and introductions.”
Time Off Magazine – Review of Murder Ballads Chapter Two, Judith Wright Centre,
“Think Cabaret, Burlesque with a twist of Rock. Eyes were glued to the stage at this point, as we were treated to a burlesque dance routine, fire breathing and feather-flapping teaser! Yes, BERTIE PAGE CLINIC – you have our full attention. Performing at Sydney’s Mardi Gras, THE BERTIE PAGE CLINIC is headed up by Bertie Page herself. Dressed to kill in couture we were definitely in for a treat. Opening with Miss Atomic I could tell this was going to be a show filled with theatrics and witty entertainment. Not only was the band excited to play tonight, but they were super thrilled to be performing their song Glitter, which is written about gay men, on a float at Sydney’s Mardi Gras. Bertie Page is poetic and has a twisted sense of humour and clearly has a knack for audience interaction. To end this truly entertaining masterpiece of a performance, Bertie gets tied up from head to toe, slowly, reeling and baiting the audience panting for more. Just when you thought there’s nothing more she can do she is joined up on stage with another burlesque dancer who brings out the slapstick. Quite a show! Ever so graceful and ever so crazy she leaves us being carried off stage.
Sludge Factory - Review by Vicki Grozdanovski
“Buoyed by last year’s success, the Murder Ballads series came back with a two-night bill this month. On Friday, local luminaries Texas Tea, Silver Sircus, Kristy Apps, The Blackwater Fever and The Good Ship interpreted stories of love, death and revenge to a killer effect. Presented in appropriately saucy, oft-ribald manner by burlesque performer Miss Bertie Page, tonight proves to be almost as murderous – with an additional spicy twist.”
Rave Magazine – Review of Murder Ballads Chapter Two, Judith Wright Centre