The Dresden Dolls


The Dresden Dolls are back!

EntertainMe got the latest from Amanda Palmer on the band, songwriting and New Zealand.

This cabaret punk duo perform in Auckland on Friday 27th January at The Powerstation and Saturday 28th January in Wellington at The Opera House.


Describe the Dresden Dolls sound.


How did the Dresden Dolls originate?

At a Halloween party at my house. Brian was dressed as a severed head and saw me playing the piano. Our band was born.

Who is the songwriter in your band?

My mom does most of the song-writing. But sometimes Brian's mom chips in. It's a family effort....

Costuming and make-up are a significant part of your stage performance, where do you get your ideas for your shows?

We usually just do a google image search before tour. My landlord has a really cool cat named Pants and we just have Pants walk over the keyboard. Whatever comes up in the image search first is the image we use for the color-and-feel scheme of the tour. It sounds crazy, but it ALWAYS works. 

If you could collaborate with another artist, who would it be?

I'd love to work with Frank Gehry. He just built a new theatre at Bard College. I think the intersection of Modern Architecture and Cabaret is really important.

The Dresden Dolls

The Dresden Dolls

The Dresden Dolls

Tell us about “The Eight Foot Bride”..

That was the name of my street performance / busking character in my early twenties. I made my living for about 4-5 years standing on a box, painted white and handing out flowers to strangers. I miss it.

Favourite quote?

"Honor those who seek the truth; beware of those who've found it".

What are you listening to at the moment?
The sound of the spa water whirling outside Peter and Clare's house. Peter's naked and inside it, holding a James Boag beer. There’s also a plane flying over head.

What words of wisdom would you give for those keen to follow a musician’s footsteps?

Prepare to be busy and poor. 

Thoughts on New Zealand?

An incredible place, full of magic and beautiful, open people. One of my favourite spots on earth. After our tour I'm going to rent a car and drive all around the north island....I've never been to the inside, to Taupo and the hot springs.

What are the plans for 2012 with the band?

The Dresden Dolls won't be touring; I'm gearing up to create a new solo record with a new line-up. More later, everything's secret.

Lastly, if you were a fruit, what would you be?

A passionfruit. Weightless and tangy.

By Olivia Young


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