How best to describe the Dresden Dolls? ‘Punk cabaret’ isn’t a bad place to start, but it doesn’t fully do them justice. This Boston-based duo consist of Amanda Palmer on vocals/piano/songwriting duties, and Brian Viglione on drums/backing vocals; together, they create a dark but theatrical sound that has won them a cult following across the globe since the release of their self-titled debut in 2004.
‘Backstabber‘ is the second single to be taken from this year’s excellent ‘Yes, Virginia‘ album. Don’t let the carefree piano melody and sweet harmonies fool you – this is Amanda’s bitter, cynical ode to past deceptions. “Don’t tell me what to write, and don’t tell me that I’m wrong”, she warns, before joining Brian in joyfully unleashing waves of condescension over said ‘Backstabber‘ in the chorus.
Sounds interesting, no? Check out their website and decide for yourself!
The band’s forthcoming UK dates are:
August 23rd – Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Spiegel Tent)
August 25th – Leeds Festival (NME/Radio 1 Stage)
August 27th – Reading Festival (NME/Radio 1 Stage)
November 3rd & 4th – London Camden Roundhouse