I want your suffering.
I want your beautiful suffering,
I want to see your pain."
-- Emilie Autumn, Liar
So I managed to get out to see Emilie Autumn last week at Slim's (with the lovely Tesla Dethray on my arm).
First time I've actually been inside Slim's (I unfortunately missed the VNV Nation show late last year due to financial limitations). It's a really nice venue. Very posh bar. I wish there was more seating (that isn't VIP), but maybe it gets more packed for other shows so the floorspace is at a premium? That being the case, I wish there was some tiers, so people in the back can actually see the stage.
The show kicked off almost an hour later than posted. So that was a little vexing.
And it started out kind of slow. The energy seemed really down when the Crumpets and eventually Ms. Autumn finally took the stage.
And that's pretty much the end of my complaints. After about fifteen minutes, the energy picked up immensely and the show really got into swing.
Ms. Autumn was wonderful, of course - dressed initially like some terrifying combination of rat-monster and Skeksis (yes, from the Dark Crystal... And yes, I really do see the whole world through film-references). I heard lots of stuff off the Opheliac album (the only one I've actually heard) and a smattering of pieces I'd not heard before (I'm assuming from the upcoming Fight Like a Girl album). All in all, good stuff, even if we didn't get to hear as much from her as I'd have liked.
If you get a chance to see Emilie Autumn in concert, I definitely recommend it. Her show is visually striking, very fashionable (if you like pseudo-Victorian gothiness), and slightly deranged in an awesome and fun way.
One of the surprise delights of the show was the Bloody Crumpets; the group of saucy corset-clad strumpets that accompany Ms. Autumn on tour. They mostly provide backing vocals and lots of visual candy and set ornamentation. In between songs, they also interacted with the crowd, flirting and having fun and just being sexy.
Really, the most impressive part is all the running around and singing while in very tight corsets. Bravo, ladies. Bravo!
My favorite was Captain Maggot, probably because I seem to like "short and adorable" (see also: Tesla), but Blessed Contessa and Naughty Veronica were quite lovely and fun, too.
I'd say it was an evening well-spent, all told. I enjoyed the show immensely once things really got moving and Slim's is actually fairly classy.
Remember, kiddies, that Dark Shadows is tonight at the Cat. I won't be in attendance, as I'm broadening my palate by attending Pink at Mission Control tonight.
Who knows? I might be adding a whole Fetish section to the site in the near future. That might be fairly awesome.
-- Mr. M.