Rock bands are pigeonholed into ever-increasingly minuscule sub-categorizations, but The Dresden Dolls continue to defy explanation and classification. While some have called it theatrical rock, punk cabaret, manic-musical, neo-glam-torchï¿½eventually even the most clever and creative describers shrug and say: "You just have to hear it to believe it."
Living in a two-faced, popular culture built on artifice that demands authenticity; The Dresden Dolls take the world stage, tear down the curtain, rip holes in the veneer and create their own rules, rhymes and reason. For the past six years, the duo has been climbing steadily out of the artistic trenches and into the mainstream of rock on their own terms. The Dolls thrive on their inherent juxtapositions. The musical-theater and New-Wave background of writer/singer/pianist Amanda Palmer mixes with drummer Brian Viglione's heavy metal roots to create a sonic smear of unclassifiable rock. Palmer wails; Viglione cackles. It is this dichotomy that supplies the band with a yin-yang quality that keeps them hurtling through space, pulling each other to and fro in an endless - and highly entertaining - match of musical wits.
In 2006 The Dresden Dolls released their highly anticipated follow-up, Yes, Virginia to immediate worldwide acclaim. Yes, Virginia marked the band's Billboard chart debut in the United States and also charted nationally in various European countries following the success of the lead single "Sing" and it's emotion packed video. In January 2007, The Dolls wrapped up a string of 40 sold out shows in an original piece of musical theatre, The Onion Cellar, produced with the distinguished American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge , Massachusetts.
This past summer, The Dresden Dolls were proud to bring their bittersweet, smart, and gender-role-defying music to the 2007 True Colors tour. The tour consisted of DD as well as tour-creator Cyndi Lauper, and fellow performers Deborah Harry, Erasure, Margaret Cho, and (on select dates) Rufus Wainwright. The Dolls have been long-time supporters of the gay community performing alongside transgender, drag and gay performers including but not limited to Baby Dee, Peaches Christ, Titler, Edna Million, Dames Aflame and countless others.
Currently, Amanda Palmer is planning to release her solo debut album "Who Killed Amanda Palmer" (produced by Ben Folds), and Brian Viglione is touring with Jesse Malin. Brian and Amanda will be joining back up in the winter of 2008 for a very special "mini tour" through New England.