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Amazed by the open-wound honesty and intensity of Palmer’s songs and delivery, Vigilone knew that he had found his musical soulmate.
Their watershed already filled with sparkling new material, the band has been recording with the Boston producer team Sean Slade and Paul Kolderie (of Fort Apache, known best for their work with Hole, and Radiohead). Palmer, who studied and worked in an avant-garde theater in Germany, is eager to return to the land that gave the band so many of its influences.With their fanbase steadily burgeoning, they were ultimately brought to the attention of Boston’s rock community when they won the WBCN Rock n’ Roll Rumble in May 2003. “We were a little unsure about what the real world would make of us, but the music is not difficult to grasp.We sing about universal themes that resonate with most people – love, pain, fear, childhood…With songs reminiscent of Kurt Weill infused with the rock n’ roll energy of Patti Smith, Nick Cave and The Violent Femmes, this Boston-based duo’s home lies somewhere between a Weimar-era cabaret and CBGB’s.Just as their name suggests both the utter devastation of a firebombed German city and the delicate femininity and innocence of a porcelain figure, The Dolls’ sound ranges from seductive whisper to a full-on assault.But when Marlene Dietrich and others fled Nazi Germany, they took their cabaret with them -- and that Weimar-era influence is all over this intriguing CD.
Not only has it affected Palmer's darkly theatrical melodies, but also, Palmer and drummer Brian Viglione (the Dresden Dolls' other half) sport a look that is part goth and part Weimar-era burlesque.
Propelled by the release of their debut CD (on Palmer’s own Eight Foot Records) in September of 2003, the band is now selling out clubs throughout the Northeast – their following rapidly expanding with each riveting live show.
Improvisational costumes (Vigilone occasionally shows up in drag) and unexpected antics are de rigeur, and audiences are inevitably moved by the intense on-stage chemistry between Palmer and Viglione, which allows them to play with spontaneity and precision.
And much to their credit, the Dresden Dolls make their unorthodox alt-rock/cabaret blend sound perfectly natural rather than forced.
This CD is enthusiastically recommended to anyone who is seeking something fresh from alternative pop/rock.
In the Realistic Theater of Illusion, he argued, the spectator tended to identify with the characters on stage and become emotionally involved with them rather than being stirred to think about his own life.