Amanda Palmer, the American singer/songwriter who raised over $1 million in donations from fans via Kickstarter, has revealed that she will be coming to Australia in February, 2013. While speaking with Lewis and Veronica of triple j, Palmer announced that she will be accompanied by her band Grand Theft Orchestra for an Australian tour near the beginning of next year.
Speaking about her new fan-funded album Theatre Is Evil, Palmer touched on the ties the upcoming LP has with Australia, explaining that some recording took place in Melbourne while the music video for latest single Want It Back was also filmed in Melbourne’s Brunswick Street. Furthermore, Palmer revealed that new B-Side From St. Kilda to Fitzroy was recorded with the help of none other then Paul Kelly.
“The Dreseden Dolls [which Palmer also performs in] did a tour in January, and I took a couple of weeks off in Melbourne. The Grand Theft Orchestra came to join me, and we hunkered down in this incredible rehearsal space in Melbourne called Bakehouse. We rehearsed in the Nick Cave room – we were building the songs. They were pretty much all written, so we were just practicing and arranging. We got into the studio for two-and-a-half weeks. We all had bikes,” Palmer told triple j.
“I was staying up in Fitzroy, and we also shot the video for Want It Back. It was done by Jim Batt, who is a filmmaker from Fitzroy. We shot it up in this empty room on Brunswick street, and Jim got in this amazing graffiti artist. They graffiti-ed all of these song lyrics on me while Jim took stop motion. That was the last thing I did in Melbourne before I took off on tour.”
“There’s a B-side on the record that’s called ‘From St. Kilda to Fitzroy. It’s my Australian love letter. No-one’s heard it – it has a special guest sampler, who went out and gathered samples for the song, and it’s Paul Kelly. He totally pulled a solid for me – went out with his tape recorder and got a bunch of street sounds from St. Kilda.”
Theatre Is Evil by Amanda Palmer is due out this Friday, September 7, 2012. Check out Music Feeds’ Shane Arnold’s album review right here…
Watch: Amanda Palmer – Want It Back