Regards, The Dresden Dolls Biography.
A few facts about the history of The Dresden Dolls:
-Vocalist/keyboardist Amanda Palmer met drummer/vocalist Brian Viglione at a Halloween party in 2000.Both were from the Boston area. Both were sick of genre classifications,determined to create music that would pave its own ferocious, exciting path as a result of their own diverse, intriguing influences. Upon meeting, they both knew were made for each other.
-The band released one album on their own in 2003, a self-titled release, which was eventually picked up and re-released by Roadrunner Records. The band signed with Roadrunner in 2004, and subsequently put out a live DVD of a hometown show in 2005.
-Around that time, the band was hand-picked by Trent Reznor to open for Nine Inch Nails, an event that would prove serendipitous as time went on.
-The Dresden Dolls released their sophomore album, Yes Virginia, in 2006. Produced by Sean Slade and Paul Q. Kolderie (Radiohead, The Pixies, Hole) and recorded over several weeks at Allaire Studios (a converted turn-of-the-century mansion in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York), Yes, Virginia was a rich tapestry that showcased the bands road-sharpened musical chemistry and their ability to rip open uncharted emotional seams; no topic was ever seen as taboo. It immediately won the attention of most of music's critical establishment, in addition to stealing the hearts of music fans the world over.
-After Yes, Virginia's release, the band toured extensively. They opened for Panic! at the Disco, and were invited by Cyndi Lauper to play on the True Colors Tour alongside The Gossip and Blondie's Deborah Harry.
-Never ones to confine their artistic vision to just their own band, Amanda and Brian created their own original musical which was performed for forty nights at the American Repertory Theatre, and won major critical acclaim.
-The Dresden Dolls recently announced their newest endeavor, a new-school merchandising enterprise entitled Post-War Trade. A hands-on collaboration between the band and their fans, Post-War Trade makes limited edition artwork and merchandise created by the fans themselves available to other fans of the Dolls. As a band who has always opened up their visual art endeavors to their fanbase, Post-War Trade is the ultimate expression of gratitude from the Dolls to their supporters, allowing them to interact with the band like never before and create something that resonates within their own community.
-The Dolls newest album, No, Virginia, a companion album to Yes, Virginia in some ways (and very much its own album in other ways), will be released in spring of 2008 on Roadrunner Records. Featuring songs from farwithin The Dresden Dolls catalog, in addition to never-recorded-before live favorites and more, No, Virginia is a startling collection from two very brilliant, unique artists.
-Brian recently contributed drums to two songs on the newest Nine Inch Nails album, Ghosts I-IV.
-Amanda will be playing her first solo shows with the legendary Boston Pops in June 2008. She recently underwent surgery to remove vocal nodes, so it's likely these shows will feature some of her best vocal performances yet.
-Amanda will release a solo album this coming fall. Entitled Who Killed Amanda Palmer?, the album is just as exciting, dynamic and exceptional as you would expect from our piano-pounding heroine.