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Emilie Autumn: 17 February 2012

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Live Act(s): Emilie Autumn (@)
Event Date: 17 February 2012
Type of Event: Small Club Concert
Venue: Recher Theatre (@)
Promoter/Organizer: Melissa King
Rated: *****
After a tumultuous history involving a suicide attempt and consequent institutionalism, Emilie Autumn and her Bloody Crumpets are back on tour and putting on a strong show. With a stage show that is part music, part burlesque, part vaudeville, the band went a full two hours mingling Emilie Autumn's self-written thrashing rock with short acts. The performance of 'Girls! Girls! Girls!' was a classic song for Autumn; combining the elements of old-school vaudeville, scathing commentary on the past exploitation of mental patients and humor, she packs a punch in each composition.

One of the best parts of the show, aside from the flowing choreography, surreal set design and intricate costuming that complimented each number, were the short acts that focused on Autumn and each of her Crumpets in turn. Each had their own distinct personality, and they pulled audience members up on stage for various bits ('teaching girls how to kiss'), performed some Charlie-Chaplinesque skits, and used props to play up the tea-and-crumpets theme, throwing pastries into the crowd and dancing.

After the US leg of her tour, Autumn headed to the UK, and will continue on in Europe - listening to her new track, 'Fight Like a Girl' is definitely ear-catching, but seeing her perform it on stage adds a whole other dimension.


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