Amanda MacKinnon Gaiman Palmer (born April 30, 1976), sometimes known as Amanda Fucking Palmer, is an American performer who first rose to prominence as the lead singer, pianist, and lyricist/composer of the duo The Dresden Dolls. She has had a successful solo career, is also one half of the duo Evelyn Evelyn, and is the lead singer and songwriter of Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra.
With an interest in the performing arts, both in music and in theatre, Palmer spent time busking as a living statue called "The Eight Foot Bride" in Harvard Square, Cambridge; Edinburgh, Scotland; Australia (where she met Jason Webley); as well as many other locations. She refers to this line of work on The Dresden Dolls' self-titled CD, with the song "The Perfect Fit":
"I can paint my face
And stand very, very still It's not very practical
In an effort to expand the performance experience and interactivity, Palmer began inviting Lexington High School students to perform drama pieces at the Dresden Dolls' live shows. This evolved to The Dirty Business Brigade, a troupe of seasoned and new artists, performing at many gigs.
In 2006, The Dresden Dolls Companion was published, with words, music & artwork by Amanda Palmer. In it she has written a history of the album The Dresden Dolls and of the duo, as well as a partial autobiography. The book also contains the lyrics, sheet music, and notes on each song in the album, all written by Palmer, as well as a DVD with a 20-minute interview of Amanda about making the book.
July 2008 saw the release of the second Dresden Dolls book, the Virginia Companion. It is a follow-up to The Dresden Dolls Companion, featuring the music and lyrics from the Yes, Virginia...(2006) and No, Virginia... (2008) albums, produced by Sean Slade and Paul Kolderie.
In July 2007, Palmer played three sold-out shows (in Boston, Hoboken, and NYC) in a new "with band" format. Her backing band was Boston alternative rock group Aberdeen City, who also opened along with Dixie Dirt. In August 2007, Amanda traveled to perform in the Spiegeltent and other venues at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland, and also performed on BBC Two's The Edinburgh Show. She collaborated with Australian theater company, The Danger Ensemble; both again appeared at the Spiegeltent in Melbourne and at other venues around Australia in December 2007. In June 2008, Palmer established her solo career with two well-received performances with the Boston Pops.
Her first solo studio album, Who Killed Amanda Palmer, was released on September 16, 2008.Ben Folds produced and also played on the album. The title is a play on an expression used by fans during Twin Peaks' original run, "Who killed Laura Palmer?" A companion book of photos of Palmer looking as if she were murdered was released in July 2009. Titled Who Killed Amanda Palmer a Collection of Photographic Evidence, it featured photography by Kyle Cassidy and stories by Neil Gaiman, as well as lyrics from the album.
"Strength Through Music," a track from Who Killed Amanda Palmer, indirectly references August Strindberg. The song contains an audio clip of a web cartoon called Strindberg and Helium; the cartoon almost exclusively quotes Strindberg's work.
In Autumn 2008, she toured Europe with Jason Webley, Zoe Keating and The Danger Ensemble, performing songs mostly from her debut solo album. She did most of the shows with a broken foot she had sustained in Ireland when a car ran over her foot as she stepped out into a street.
Palmer began using the ukulele during a concert as a gag, but soon it became a regular part of her repertoire. Later, she recorded a full album with ukelele accompaniment: Amanda Palmer Performs the Popular Hits of Radiohead on Her Magical Ukulele. She sometimes performs during free ninja gigs in public locations, open to all ages.
On April 20, 2012, Palmer announced on her blog that she launched a new album pre-order on Kickstarter. The Kickstarter project was ultimately supported by 24,883 backers for a grand total of $1,192,793 — at the time, the most funds ever raised for a musical project on Kickstarter. The album, Theatre Is Evil, was recorded with The Grand Theft Orchestra, produced by John Congleton, and released in September 2012.
On November 9, 2012, Amanda Palmer launched the first music video from Theatre is Evil for "Do it With a Rockstar" on The Flaming Lips' website. The video was co-created and directed by Wayne Coyne, lead singer of The Flaming Lips. Subsequent videos were released for "The Killing Type" and "The Bed Song".
On August 9, 2013, Amanda Palmer made her Lincoln Center debut in New York City.
Participating with fans on the Internet
Palmer is noted for her use of the Internet, regularly using the latest innovations to make new fans and connect with old ones. This includes her forum, her blog, use of many free music and social networking sites, fund raising, and direct-to-fan marketing. Her grasp of the evolving landscape of music is epitomized by her successful use of Kickstarter to crowdfund her 2012 album Theatre is Evil.
Dispute with Roadrunner Records, fans' "ReBellyon"
After the release of her music video for the song "Leeds United," Palmer sparked controversy with a post in her blog. She claimed Roadrunner Records had wanted to pull certain shots from the video that exposed her stomach, because "...they thought I looked fat." After her fans read about this, they posted pictures of their stomachs online with messages to Roadrunner, lyrics, and words of comfort. They then sent their pictures to the record label, and started a website. The fans coined a term for the movement: The ReBellyon, and put together a book, "The Belly Book," of over 600 pictures and stories from fans. The book was sold over the internet to fans all over the world.Pitchfork Magazine and The Guardian were among publications reporting on the controversy.
Partly because of the Leeds video controversy, Palmer attempted to disengage from her contract with Roadrunner Records, going as far as composing and performing a song called "Please Drop Me," which asked the label to free her from the contract.
After a long legal battle between Palmer and Roadrunner, and her repeated pleas to discontinue her contract with Roadrunner, Palmer announced that Roadrunner Records finally released her from their label. Her appreciation was punctuated with another new song: "Do You Swear to Tell the Truth the Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth So Help Your Black Ass" as a free download to celebrate her new freedom. She repeated the announcement during an appearance on the Australian music quiz showSpicks and Specks.
Palmer's song "Oasis" and its follow-up video sparked more controversy. The song's semi-autobiographical story deals with an Oasis fan and rape victim who has an abortion. Despite these tragic events, she states that "I've seen better days, but I don't care", and directly after, informs the listener what just happened involving her process of communicating to Oasis through fan mail, first, "I just sent a letter in the mail", then, "Oasis got my letter in the mail", and finally, toward the end of the song, "I just got a letter in the mail." Palmer received an e-mail while she was in the United Kingdom from her label there explaining that "all" of the TV outlets in the country had refused to play the video due to its "making light of rape, religion, and abortion." Palmer, in response, wrote on her blog "I suggested that I might be allowed to play it if I just slowed it way down and played it in a minor key. Think about it. If they heard the same lyrics against the backdrop of a very sad and liliting [sic] piano, maybe with some tear-jerking strings thrown in for good measure, would they take issue?"
"I Kissed a Girl" skit
In December 2008, Palmer alongside The Danger Ensemble and Margaret Cho performed an anti-Proposition 8agitprop skit at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. In the skit a Katy Perry look-alike came onstage and began singing her controversial song "I Kissed a Girl," only to be interrupted, kissed, and fondled by Palmer and comedian Margaret Cho. The skit ended with the two binding and gagging "Perry," who is forced into a mock wedding with Palmer, followed by the raising of an anti-Proposition 8 banner. The skit was directed by Steven Mitchell Wright (Artistic Director of The Danger Ensemble). Palmer mentioned, on her blog, the discontent some in the LGBT community had with Perry over her exploitation of their identity in her song "I Kissed a Girl," and said she meant the piece as a protest against Proposition 8.
On August 21, 2012, Palmer's website announced that she was seeking fans to play with her Grand Theft Orchestra in each city on her 2012 tour. Musicians would be compensated with beer, merchandise and hugs. Angry musicians flooded her website with criticism for hiring musicians without properly compensating them. Raymond M. Hair Jr., president of the American Federation of Musicians commented that, "If there's a need for the musician to be on the stage, then there ought to be compensation for it" while Steve Albini expressed dismay and described the act as "plain rude." Palmer defended her action by stating that, although the musicians accompanying her on the tour were paid she could not afford the $35,000 to pay the additional local musicians she wanted to include in local performances. In an interview with the New York Times she said, “If you could see the enthusiasm of these people, the argument would become invalid...They’re all incredibly happy to be here.” By mid-September, Palmer had changed her mind and announced she would pay all the musicians who had volunteered to play on her tour.
"a poem for dzhokhar"
“then a remarkable thing happened. the people who hated the poem started writing THEIR OWN POEMS, sometimes in sloppy haiku form, sometimes in limerick form, sometimes copying the stream-of-consciousness format of the poem i had posted... and then: someone told me it was national poetry month. and i thought: this is amazing. when was the last time a thousand people argued about a stupid poem? or shared so many poems about something bad that had happened? not any time recently, that i can remember. ”
On April 21, 2013, Palmer published a poem entitled "a poem for dzhokhar" on her blog, seemingly addressed to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the two men accused of perpetrating the Boston Marathon bombings. The poem provoked angry responses from readers who felt it was too sympathetic to the alleged bomber. In a follow-up blog post on April 23, Palmer said that the poem took "about 9 minutes to write", and that much of it was misinterpreted, both by its fans and its detractors.
Glastonbury 2013 and The Daily Mail
The British tabloid The Daily Mail reported that, when Palmer appeared at the 2013 Glastonbury music festival, "her breast...escaped her bra", adding that "Amanda's bra rode up while her shirt opened, leaving her wardrobe malfunction on show for all to see." In reaction to that report, which otherwise contained no reference to the show or her music, Palmer, when she gave a concert at the Roundhouse in July 2013, performed a specially written song whose lyrics conclude with "Dear Daily Mail / Up yours!" Halfway through it, Palmer threw off her kimono and continued her performance entirely nude. She has been interviewed on her response and her role in feminism.
Palmer resides in Boston, Massachusetts, with other artists in a cooperative named the Cloud Club.
She has identified as bisexual, telling afterellen.com in 2007: "I'm bisexual, but it's not the sort of thing I spent a lot of time thinking about," Palmer said. "I've slept with girls; I've slept with guys, so I guess that's what they call it! I'm not anti trying to use language to simplify our lives." Palmer has spoken out on feminist issues and about her open relationships, stating in one interview that "I've never been comfortable in a monogamous relationship in my life. I feel like I was built for open relationships just because of the way I function," Palmer explained. "It's not a reactive decision like, 'Hey I'm on the road, you're on the road, let's just find other people.' It was a fundamental building block of our relationship. We both like things this way."
Palmer has said that she once worked as a stripper named Berlin, to support herself. She has stated that the song Berlin was written about this experience.
On her blog, Palmer has stated that she had an abortion at age 17. In the same blog post, she stated that she was date raped when she was 20 years old.
Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman (Vienna 2011)
On January 1, 2010, she stated on her Twitter feed that she "might have told [Neil Gaiman] [she]'d marry him but also might have been drunk." On January 15, 2010, Neil Gaiman and Palmer confirmed their engagement in an announcement made to their respective websites. On November 16, 2010, Amanda Palmer hosted a flash mob wedding (not legally binding) for Gaiman's birthday in New Orleans. On January 3, 2011, the couple announced, via Twitter, that they had legally married in a private ceremony. The wedding took place in the parlor of writers Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon.
Palmer practices meditation and wrote an article titled "Melody vs. Meditation" for the Buddhist publication Shambhala Sun, that described the struggle between songwriting and being able to clear the mind to meditate.
^Amanda Palmer (2011-09-10). "Brigade Faq". Theshadowbox.net. Retrieved 2013-08-19. "Q: What is the Dresden Dolls Brigade? A: The Dresden Dolls Brigade is our name for an ever-changing collection of performance artists who are an integral part of our live shows. Theater groups, visual artists, dancers, and all other sorts of off-kilter performing artists are invited to create living theater and art at the various rock clubs and theaters the band inhabits, night after night, around the world. These acts may take place in or outside of the club and may be static or roving. Some acts may take place on stage (either in place of or in addition to the traditional “opening local band”) and on rare occasions may be incorporated into the band’s set itself. Our aim is to make the experience for our audience more fun, authentic, interactive, and surreal. We seek out and encourage the expression of non-traditional arts, hoping the crowd goes home with the feeling of being immersed in a unique atmosphere....walking away feeling like they were a part of our show – not just watching one. We hope our audience will take away with them with a sense of awe and wonder, and the knowledge of artistic possibilities. Most importantly, it’s a wonderful way to give a stage to a local performance artist who might otherwise have no venue in which to showcase his or her unconventional talents."
^ abcChinen, Nate; photos by Hiroyuki Ito (June 20, 2007). "Power to the People (and Some Pop Too)". The New York Times. pp. B1,B5. ISSN0362-4331. Archived from the original on October 12, 2007. Retrieved November 9, 2007. "A much more musical brand of theatricality animated the Dresden Dolls, a duo consisting of the pianist Amanda Palmer and the drummer Brian Viglione. Their set was a concise demonstration of cabaret-punk. Ms. Palmer, singing throatily at an electric keyboard, held her own not only on the band staple "Coin-Operated Boy" but also even amid the bombast of "War Pig," the Black Sabbath screed."Cite uses deprecated parameters (help)
^On The Download editors; photo by Kelly Davidson (April 20, 2005). "Dresden Dolls take the ART". On The Download. Retrieved August 21, 2006. "The Dresden Dolls are taking the world by storm. This punk cabaret duo from Boston are incredible musicians whose smart, personal, intricate songs and mesmerizing live performance have earned them a cult following. Now don't tell anyone, but there's a rumor that the Dolls may be appearing at a bizarre underground club somewhere in Cambridge – an Onion Cellar, where the audience peel onions for emotional release, where you never quite know who's sitting next to you, where your life could change forever."
^"The onion cellar". americanrepertorytheater.org. American Repertory Theatre. Archived from the original on October 12, 2007. Retrieved December 3, 2007. "Inside the small confines of the mysterious club The Onion Cellar, the internationally renowned rock duo The Dresden Dolls provides nightly entertainment while a series of stories unfold around them. As singer, songwriter, and keyboardist Amanda Palmer and drummer Brian Viglione play their songs, the Onion Cellar becomes a space where rock and roll meets cabaret with humor and humanity."World Premiere.
^Eichler, Jeremy (June 20, 2008). "All dolled up at the Pops – Palmer brings the edge but the fest needs more". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on June 26, 2008. Retrieved June 7, 2008. "Last night in Symphony Hall, Amanda Palmer brought some spark and much-needed edge to the Boston Pops's EdgeFest. On her own terms, Palmer, in strong gravelly voice, gave a richly satisfying performance that had this crowd roaring far more than most in Symphony Hall. But even she couldn't overcome the deeper tensions that make the EdgeFest a strained format."
^Smith, Rachel (June 20, 2008). "All Dolled up, Amanda Palmer and the Boston Pops, Symphony Hall, June 19, 2008". The Boston Phoenix. Retrieved June 28, 2008. "Last night, Amanda Palmer kicked off this season of the Boston Pops EdgeFest, the orchestra's collaboration with younger, "edgier" bands and performers drawing the iPod generation into Symphony Hall. The choice of pairing Palmer with the Pops lead me to wonder if the Pops had ever listened to a Dresden Dolls album or seen The Onion Cellar or, you know, met her."
^Palmer, Amanda (April 1, 2007). "The Dresden Doll's Forum". Speculation: Solo Album Title. The Dresden Dolls. Retrieved December 8, 2007. "... i am recording the solo album....in nashville, at ben folds' studio, with ben, who is producing the record and playing on it."
^Palmer, Amanda (May 10, 2008). "fish/people/belly". The Dresden Dolls Diary. Archived from the original on May 13, 2008. Retrieved May 10, 2008. "the solo record got re-mastered and it's.....mind-blowing. it's so good. it's sooooooo gooooooooooooooooooooooood. so i feel safe in a deep way. because as long as the record is amazing then I can fuck everything else up and it's technically ok. it will be released September 16. that is now like Christmas day for me. it is four months away. that seems long."
^"Dresden Doll Preps Solo Debut". spin.com music for life. spin.com. April 25, 2007. Archived from the original on December 13, 2007. Retrieved December 8, 2007. "The Dresden Dolls' Amanda Palmer chats with SPIN.com about her forthcoming solo effort."
^Palmer, Amanda (April 1, 2007). "here to dispel.". Speculation: Solo Album Title. The Dresden Dolls. Retrieved December 8, 2007. "... i am recording the solo album....in nashville, at ben folds' studio, with ben, who is producing the record and playing on it."
^Palmer, Amanda. "With The Needle That Sings In Her Heart". amandapalmer.net. Archived from the original on December 12, 2010. Retrieved December 27, 2010. "AMANDA PALMER–celebrated punk-chanteuse and pianist for the popular rock band THE DRESDEN DOLLS, and, more recently, hailed for the success of her Ben Folds-produced solo album Who Killed Amanda Palmer–is returning to her old stomping grounds at alma mater LEXINGTON HIGH SCHOOL. The reason? To create an original play with her former drama teacher, STEVEN BOGART along with a cast of twenty students. The play is written from scratch by the ensemble, the content of which is inspired by the music and lyrics of the critically hailed album, "In the Aeroplane Over The Sea" by celebrated indie rock band NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL."
^Artsy, Avishay. "Neutral Milk Hotel Album Transformed For Stage: NPR". Archived from the original on December 2, 2010. Retrieved December 27, 2010. "I watch people proselytize this record all over the world, and it's like this secret brotherhood of awesome music that's never had any kind of big mainstream publicity," Palmer says. "It's just this sacred record that people connect through."
^Ben Sisario (November 17, 2011). "Eddie Vedder, Amanda Palmer and Magnetic Fields Join Ukulele Craze". The New York Times. p. 9, Arts & LEISURE section. ISSN0362-4331. Retrieved April 25, 2011. "A few years ago, as a one-off concert gag, Ms. Palmer strummed a uke as she sang Radiohead’s “Creep,” accompanying herself on a $19 model she had bought the day before. But the performance turned out to be so starkly intense it could not remain a joke. So she began taking a ukulele everywhere, and before long she had recorded a full album: “Amanda Palmer Performs the Popular Hits of Radiohead on Her Magical Ukulele,” released last year. That Ms. Palmer absorbed the basics in a day – her usual instrument is the piano – indicates one of the ukulele’s great advantages: it’s so easy to learn that it’s said to be almost impossible to play it badly. Even when slightly off key, it serves as a blank canvas that can accent the character of any voice. And in the right hands, it can strip a song to its skeletal core... As Ms. Palmer sees it, the ukulele is the zeitgeist instrument for the D.I.Y. age. “This is the age of the democratization of music,” she says. “Anyone can be a musician. And in a recession, when you have a $20 instrument and there’s a big musical renaissance, anyone will want to join in.”"
^Carey Hodges (July 8, 2011). "10 Great Band Blogs". Pastemagazine.com. Retrieved October 4, 2011. "4.Amanda Palmer The refreshingly outspoken artist chronicles performances, after-parties and everything in between with photos and her signature witty tone."
^Sisario, Ben (October 2, 2011). "High-Tech Tools Help Bands Market Directly to Fans". The New York Times Co. Retrieved October 3, 2011. "For thousands of artists, ranging from acts on major labels to those that handle their business by themselves, direct-to-fan marketing has become essential. Last year, for example, the singer Amanda Palmer employed Bandcamp to release an entire album of Radiohead cover songs featuring the ukulele, letting fans set the price (the minimum was 84 cents, to cover royalties). She made $15,000 in three minutes."
^ abVanessa Thorpe (2013-07-27). "What now for Britain's new-wave feminists – after page 3 and £10 notes? | World news | The Observer". Guardian. Retrieved 2013-07-28. "Charging the barricades alongside Criado-Perez are ... , ... , and the irrepressible Amanda Fucking Palmer, the US performer who hit back at the Daily Mail this month after it drew attention to the fact her breast was revealed at her Glastonbury set. Palmer hit back, writing an open letter to the newspaper in 3/4 time and performing it nude on stage at London's Roundhouse. A recording has gone viral on YouTube. She told the Observer: "Seeing the media cross-fire after the song went up on YouTube was fascinating, it was like I'd created an inadvertent rallying cry against the Daily Mail. Tabloid culture and their 'she's-too-fat-she's-too-thin' commentary is something I think we just get used to and stop noticing, like basic air or noise pollution. "The worst part of it is how it cements the fear that young girls are already battling, that the world is just waiting to judge you, your clothes, your weight, your looks. It baffles me that the vast majority of comments on some of my YouTube videos that have over a million hits are about the existence of my armpit hair, not the music, not the actual artistic content. And it's 2013. I thought this was supposed to be the future. What happened?""
^"Twitter Feed". Contests.thephoenix.com. LXXVI (16) (The Phoenix Media/Communications Group). April 13, 2012. p. 24. Retrieved April 15, 2012. "BEST TWITTER FEED @AmandaPalmer When we nominated AMANDA PALMER for "Best Twitter Feed," nobody asked us the obvious question: "Which one?" She's on the Twitterz so much that she's now got at least two. But the mothership, @AmandaPalmer, is the half-million-follower-strong engine of her virality and vitality. From it, YouTube uke covers of Rebecca Black songs go platinum; kickstarter campaigns sell out; impromptu Australian streetcorner busks turn into flash mobs; Friday night boredom turns into hashtag-driven e-commerce success stories, and, occasionally, lyrics for new songs are crowdsourced. Twenty tweets is a slow day for Ms. Palmer, who has never met an at-reply she couldn't respond to with a gentle quip, a lick of encouragement, or an all-caps gasp of amazement. Unless you're dumb enough to put her famous husband on a list of unsexy celebrities – in which case (trust us), look out. http://twitter.com/amandapalmer"
^Boston Best's 2011 Judges (July 8–26, 2011). "Actress in a local production – Amanda Palmer in Cabaret at the American Repertory Theater". The Improper Bostonian (Boston, MA: Improper Publication, Inc.). p. 88. Retrieved July 11, 2011. "Actress in a local production Amanda Palmer in Cabaret at the American Repertory Theater An alumna of Lexington High School and the local experimental rock scene, Amanda Palmer hit a high note with her 2010 turn as the Emcee in the Steven Bogart–directed production of Cabaret at the A.R.T. “There was much more of an improvisational playground for the Emcee,” says Palmer, on why she chose to play the glowering, androgynous role. Her creative genius (and social media prowess—she has over 500,000 Twitter followers) has earned her a worldwide following as a street performer, Dresden Doll, solo artist and now as a risk-taking stage actress."
^Spinner Staff; photo by Sarah Komar, WireImage (July 15, 2007). "Women Who Rock Right Now: No. 6". spinner.com. Retrieved December 8, 2007. "Who: Amanda Palmer Birthplace: Lexington, Mass. Sound: Cabaret punk Palmer – one-half of Boston's Brechtian punk cabaret duo the Dresden Dolls – ain't no damsel in distress. The former street artist chokeholds her demons, teetering between sinister screeches and whimsical whispers of alcohol, self-mutilation and sexual exploration, while discordantly pummeling the piano – stocking-clad legs akimbo – in a sultry, sinful self-deprecation exorcism."
^Christopher Muther (November 1, 2006). "Boston's Stylish 25". Boston Globe. Retrieved December 8, 2007. "Dresden Dolls lead singer Amanda Palmer, quite literally, has a rockstar wardrobe."
^Mike Errico (December 2006). "Hottest Women of...Rock!". Blender.com. Retrieved December 8, 2007. "Amanda Palmer – The pianist and singer of Brechtian Boston duo Dresden Dolls mashes up punk rock and cabaret, sings about transsexuals and explores the elaborate deceptions that alcoholics commit daily."
^Half Jack. "Amanda Palmer". bestuff.com. Archived from the original on January 5, 2008. Retrieved December 8, 2007. "In the 2005 WFNX /Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll, Palmer won Best Female Vocalist."
^"The Dresden Dolls". ThoughtWorthy Media, Inc. Retrieved December 7, 2007. "In the 2005 WFNX/Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll The Dresden Dolls won Best Local Act and Best Local Album. Amanda Palmer also won Best Female Vocalist."
^Caulfield, Keith (September 20, 2012), "Dave Matthews Band Scores Record Sixth Straight No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200", Hollywood Reporter, "Rounding out the top 10 is the seventh and final new arrival to the region: Amanda Palmer's Theatre Is Evil, debuting at No. 10 with 24,000. Of the set's first week, 93% of its sales came from digital downloads or via Internet retailers. That huge share isn't surprising: Much of those sales are owed to a Kickstarter campaign mounted by Palmer to fund the making of the album."
^Evelyn Evelyn (2007). "Elephant Elephant EP". Eleven Records. Retrieved December 8, 2007. "About a year ago Amanda Palmer of The Dresden Dolls and Jason Webley received Myspace messages from the most unusual profile either of them had ever seen – conjoined twin sisters, both named Evelyn. Intrigued and charmed, they began corresponding with the twins hoping to lure them into the studio. The result is an EP that sounds like something the Andrews Sisters might have recorded if they had grown up in the circus listening to new wave music."