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Emilie Autumn Fights Like A Girl

31 Jan

autum-bannerI am new to the manic, magic, beautiful and terrifying world of Emilie Autumn.  I hate to compare one artist to another because no one is the same, and Emilie certainly has a style of performance all her own.  However, for the ease of my dear reader who may not have heard of Miss Autumn just yet, I will tell you my first impression of the artist.  I had $5 in Amazon.com credit to spend on MP3s and I noticed this delicious album art in the $5 “sale” section of the website.  I quickly clicked and discovered that the beauty in the artwork was Emilie Autumn and this was Opheliac.

EmilieAutumn-227x300I listened to one 30 second sample and downloaded it right away.  She had a rich voice, deep at times and soprano at others.  She reminded me a little bit of Tori Amos and a little bit of Amanda Palmer/The Dresden Dolls.  The music has an overlying cabaret feel but with a much more sinister underbelly.  This is not to say that if you love Tori or you love Amanda that I guarantee your love for Emilie, but I will say there is a terribly good chance you and I are attracted to the same aesthetic quality in the music we love most.

In this instance, I did judge a book by its cover, because let’s face it, what a cover!  But I immediately realized upon listening that Emilie Autumn was no simple pretty girl singing songs and dressing up.  She had substance, she was a pretty girl singing songs and dressing up in fabulous fashion, BUT she was also dark.  And fucked up.  And honest and heart wrenching all at once.  I was hooked.
Screen Shot 2013-01-29 at 9.29.47 PMThe second album I bought was her newest release Fight Like A Girl.  It contains music that I love on a cellular level.  It has a dirty, burlesque, insane asylum appeal that I can’t turn away from, and really don’t want to.  I started doing my research and learned that there are plans in the works for her to make a musical based on her autobiographical novel The Asylum For Wayward Victorian Girlswhich I have yet to pick up, but intend to devour very soon.  I became even more enthralled with her and found that she was going on tour.  I promptly bought my ticket and waited for January 31st to arrive.

 My show was at The Glasshouse in Pomona, CA.  I wasn’t sure what to expect.  The first thing I noticed was that there was no opening band.  Emilie’s show began promptly at 9pm which is certainly rare.  The set and lights were already up and there was 30s-40s music playing over the loudspeakers.  The Bloody Crumpets appear on stage first, these are Emilie’s beautiful and each uniquely talented, backup singers/dancers/entertainers.  Both women were stunningly beautiful and quite funny in the roles they played.  Emilie’s world takes place in an insane asylum where the true horrors of humanity happen within the confines of this perceived safe place.  I don’t want to spoil any special moments but I will say there was sexy debauchery, some fire, some feathers and lots of cheeky fun. Emilie sounded great live following a couple technical sound hiccups at the start of the show.

EA PINKMy only criticism is the venue.  This show has so much potential for greatness and really is much more of a theatrical performance than a rock concert.  It deserves a real art house with theatre seats.  I feel that some of the dramatic effect may have been lost in the standing, chatting crowd.  I am very much looking forward to seeing what Emilie has in store for us next and I am hoping that the next time this tour comes around it costs twice as much and is in a theatre.  I will be there.

If you have the chance to see Emilie live in your town, take it.  I have a feeling we won’t always get to see her in such intimate venues.  I think this show is going to blow up, and she deserves it.

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