Saturday, 20 November 2010

Emilie Autumn concert - 19.4.08, London

Sorry I haven't posted for the last couple of days - bellydance performances and shopping, yay! A warm welcome to all of my new followers, and my 500 readers (!!) in sixteen different countries (!!!).

The following photos and video clips were all taken by my main man Dan (did I really just say that?).

We went to see Emilie Autumn a couple years ago at the Carling Academy, Islington. None of us had been to Islington before, but once we found the right area it was a simple case of 'follow the Goth', and the venue itself was impossible to miss, as there was a line of black-clad spooky types in 'Victoriandustrial Revolution' T-shirts stretching as far as the eye could see. Corsets and bloomers galore! (Yes, I wore bloomers...)

Emilie and her stripy violin <3
Sieben, the warm-up act, would have been much more impressive if he hadn't made it so obvious that the violin in his hands was not actually making a noise - instead, the bombast of music reverberating around the hall was coming from a studio-recorded backing track.

Due to technical difficulties of some variety, it took Emilie and her Wayward Victorian Girls quite some time to appear on stage - but the show was absolutely fan-bloody-tastic. The set was extravagantly decorated in true asylum style, right down to the very last detail - Suffer, the bear, lashed firmly to Emilie's microphone stand.

The Bloody Crumpets (aka Wayward Victorian Girls) appeared on stage one by one, with much exaggerated snarling and winking. Emilie, of course, delayed her entrance until the very last, although her striped violin was already placed centre-stage.
Lord Alfred
The Crumpets were beautiful, especially model Ulorin Vex, who is so exquisite 'in the flesh' that it's almost frightening. For a woman with such enormous stage presence, and such a powerful voice, Emilie is tiny - but so full of manic energy that I'm surprised Dan managed to get any clear pictures.

Due to even more technical difficulties, the 'harpsichord', Lord Alfred, wasn't making very much noise, so Emilie kept us entertained by having a chat. She quizzed the crowd, asking things like, "What is my favourite colour?", and "What is the best revenge?"

To the latter, most of us roared back "REVENGE!", as per one of her many slogans (love her or loathe her, you can't deny that Emilie has a catchy turn of phrase), but one person near the front (either being a smartass or still pondering the previous question) shouted out "Yellow!"

Emilie paused, and in her gorgeous American drawl (I love the American accent. My accent could best be described as 'plummy Southern English', and I have yet to decide if this is a good thing or not.) repeated, "Did you just say yellow is the best revenge?", then grinned and amended, "Actually, you might be right."
All through the show the Crumpets were flinging miscellaneous bits and bobs into the audience (including kisses, in Veronica's case - no, I did not get to snog Veronica: I was too far back, and Dan probably wouldn't have allowed it anyway. Unless he could join in, that is. Men...(kidding, D, kidding...)). The Danmeister managed to retrieve several for me as souvenirs, including a chocolate coin wrapped in pink foil, embossed with X's and O's - actually, it still lives in my skull-patterned make-up bag and is now about a year past its sell-by date and gently mouldering, probably - a rose that Ulorin seemed to pull out of her bra (I still have the stem, my dog ate the rest), and, randomly, a ten pence piece.
The show itself was amazing, equal parts rip-roaring, swashbucking, tea-swigging hootenanny of live music extravaganza and lace-adorned, bloody, parasol-toting theatre (how I love whimsical adjectives...). Emilie is an amazingly talented woman, with a voice that seems too big for her tiny frame and lends itself equally to fierce banshee shrieks and the crooning of disturbing lullabies.

If you ever get the chance to see EA live, please don't miss it. Dan couldn't stand Emilie's music before I dragged him along - now he's definitely a convert and insisted that I lend him all my Emilie CDs.
Fun with parasols

Not sure what's happening here, but it looks messy...

Original Video- More videos at TinyPic

Original Video- More videos at TinyPic

Original Video- More videos at TinyPic


MissGracie said...

I want to see her in concert now! That looks like so much fun :)

† Nanna † The Black Veil Bride said...

Her shows seems extremely funny. And I need fun now...

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