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i saw THE DRESDEN DOLLS way back in the day opening for MINDLESS SELF INDULGENCE at a small club in MANHATTAN in the mid-2000s. one of the things i always appreciated about going to a MINDLESS show was that their openers were always eclectic and often confrontational. once they had a jug band open that play with a clown singer that never sang, just kept honking a bulb horn.
obviously the BOSTON-based THE DRESDEN DOLLS and their minimalist-yet-baroque, cabaret-influenced sound proved in retrospect to be quite influential on the INDIE ROCK scene. songwriter AMANDA PALMAR confronted gender expectations head-on with her inventive lyrics that often dealt with themes surrounding sexual politics and the nature of identity. i can see her forceful outspoken presence and inclusive politics in everyone from PARAMORE to ST. VINCENT and even fellow scene colleagues TEGAN & SARA.
i always appreciated their fearlessness and musicianship. BRIAN VIGLIONE was a monster behind the kit who was also the rare drummer capable of expressive moments which were crucial in selling THE DRESDEN DOLLS idiosyncratic, off-kilter tempo-shifts. almost like a cross between GINGER BAKER and ALAN MYERS of DEVO. in the years since their 2008 hiatus and subsequent one-off reunions, he has kept busy with stints in VIOLENT FEMMES, BLACK TAPE FOR A BLUE GIRL and various solo projects as well as collaborating on recordings with NINE INCH NAILS, WORLD/INFERNO FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY and even RADIATOR KING (released by STATEN ISLAND's own SOUNDEVOLUTION MUSIC).
reportedly set to release new music this year, THE DRESDEN DOLLS are definitely worth checking out.