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Dresden Dolls @ Forum Theatre

Posted 01-12-2012 at 03:21 AM by Saracene

Saw Dresden Dolls this past Sunday. I must confess, I didn't enjoy it as much as when I first saw them at The Corner a few years back or when I saw Amanda Palmer solo a couple of years ago. Partly because I've been having problems with anxiety last week, and had this tight knot sensation in my chest which seemed to get in the way between me and, well, enjoyment generally. Partly because it was a bit exhausting to stand through two supporting acts with not much air-conditioning going on in the house. And also partly because it was a tour that wasn't supporting an album, and on a tour like this bands usually get stuck into the rarities and more obscure material, which is great if you're a hardcore fan but perhaps not so if you're a more casual fan.

Still, they're such an entertaining act with such great chemistry that the night had plenty of highlights, starting from when I went to the venue's ladies room to find Amanda Palmer performing a song on a ukulele to a semi-circle of excited female fans. That was so awesomely random She then disappeared saying that she had to run onstage and introduce the band - which turned out to be the first supporting band. They were kinda like Dresden Dolls, a girl and a guy playing cabaret-influenced music. Next on was The Bedroom Philosopher, who turned out to be a comedian/musician playing rather hilarious parody songs ("I wish they all could be Collingwood girls" ).

Soon after that, Amanda and Brian came onstage and took their respective spots behind the keyboard and drums. Amanda wore a fabulous white kimono and what looked like a Russian military hat; one song later she shed the kimono to reveal a tiny black bra and big baggy pants. As a straight woman, I don't at all mind saying that she was damn hot

I was very happy to hear my big favourites: Sex Changes, Delilah, Missed Me, Coin-Operated Boy, and I've always enjoyed their live covers with this night following suit. The first cover was introduced as an "Americal folk song" for which they invited onstage everyone from the supporting bands and maybe some other random people too, so it looked like Arcade Fire x 3. Then they proceeded with a messy raucous cover of Beastie Boys' (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party); by this point I retreated to the bar for a glass of lemonade and personal space, and that song revived me somewhat as well.

The next cover was introduced as a song by an Australian songwriter who Amanda and Brian both admired; from an interview I'd read before the gig I knew that they were talking about Nick Cave so I was excited to see which song they'd pick. And holy crap, they chose to cover the effing The Mercy Seat!!! Which is only my favourite Nick Cave song and one of my favouritest songs ever. I thought they did an amazing job, it was done very much in a Dresden Dolls style but totally retaining the sheer power and punch of the song. Great stuff.
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