The Dresden Dolls, a punk cabaret group that was based in Boston in the 2000s has reunited for a short reunion tour. They had four shows scheduled from Halloween into the first weekend of November. Three of their show dates were to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Paradise Rock Club in Boston, a place they call home.
The Dresden Dolls’ music resembles chaos interlaced with a childlike innocence. At the center of their cores, Amanda Palmer, and Brian Viglione are performers. Clad in mime make up and military style pants, the duo are a sight to see. Often, during performances, Amanda Palmer will engage with the audience about the world.
Amanda Palmer recognizable from her book, The Art of Asking, that spurred a Tedtalk and made the NY Times bestsellers list. Palmer also hosts a blog about her music that interlaces a global conversation about political agendas going on in the world. She recently released a song about the refugee crisis.
November 6, Paradise Rock Club
As an advocate for social change, the Dresden Dolls reunion tour was centered around the current politics of the time. The Dresden Dolls dedicated a song to fake news. During the performance of Missed Me, they shifted lyrics to reflect the Weinstein allegations. The song Missed Me seems to be about a relationship between an older man and a girl from the perspective of the girl. It’s on the edge of illegal.
The Dresden Dolls performed a haunting cover of Madonna’s Material Girl. The chilling rendition shakes the audience and is a reflection of our capitalistic society. They also performed a new song that is in the works called Small Hands, Small Heart, dedicated to Trump.
Overall, the reunion show was a powerful piece of social movement. The Dresden Dolls ended their show with their song, Sing, about doing what you want to do regardless of people telling you that you can’t. The performance is inspiring, and incites free thinking, and togetherness.