01/07/05 – Winter in a Vacuum
This blog was originally posted to The Dresden Dolls Diary.
It’s been a rough week…on the way back from our new years’ shows I started vomiting uncontrollably on the plane. Charming! Brian was the consummate band-mate, holdin the bag while the sympathetic flight attendants brought me tepid ginger ale. It made me remember being a wee lass, flying to our dad’s every month adn often puking on the way. I used to be the type of kid who could practically vomit on command. On the way to the movies in the car, you name it.
Forget about boats. Luckily that passed with time. So, I thought it was turbulance, but no….I was sick the whole night with what turned out to be a nasty stomach flu. Brian contracted it 48 hours later and threw up all day at home while I scurried about trying to be florence nightingale, buying juices and soups and all-flora stomach enzyme supplements. He’s on the mend, everything seems to be getting back to Dandy. I’m insanely happy to be home and able to hide in my cluttered apartment, brewing endless cups of green tea and listening to the humidifer.
The tour in Australia, which everybody keeps asking about, was unprecedented…… The band is, far and away, more successful in Australia than any other country and it showed… people were just incredubly enthusiastic and every show was sold out. My most memorable moments were a few public parks in New Zealand and Melbourne where I could walk, alone, and sit and think and stretch and lie in the grass, doing nothing and looking at trees that I wasn’t used to. There wasn’t time for much else, and when there was, I slept. The jetlag would just not go away…it hit both of us 2 or 3 days into the trip and by the last few shows we were practically falling asleep (in some cases, literally falling asleep) backstage. Coem to think of it, something ridiculous happened the last night of the tour, in Melbourne: we left soundcheck to go back to the hotel – which was a block away form the venue – to grab a nap. We arranged that Robert, our trusty tour manager, would phone us up a half-hour before stage time so we could get into costume and become functional humans before hitting stage. He called. We went back to sleep. The next thing we know, Robert’s on the phone saying “Where are you? There’s a crowd of angry Australians chanting ‘Dresden Dolls! Dresden Dolls! Dresden Dolls!’ Are you locked outside the club or what?” One of the most interesting feelings I’ve experienced. Sort of an actor’s nightmare come true. Needless to say, it was one of the quickest changes in Dresden Dolls history and the first few songs must have sounded a little rough, as we had both been been fast asleep not 12 minutes before. That was also the night the keyboard decided to shut itself off during every other song. Shit keyboard. Made for interesting interludes.
The Brigade performers throughout the world have been astounding….highlights have included a bizarre performance art/mask piece to “Missed Me” in Strasbourg, France; The Girl Who Sews Her Lips Shut in San Diego; an action painter dressed as Jack in Brisbane and cigarette girls and a contortionist in Sydney. The forums have been seeing some action lately: there’s one for prep and general networking (divided up by country) up at http://www.gothic.net/dresden_brigade/ and one for archiving photos and other stuff at http://ddbrigade.tribe.net/.
We’re home for a spell and going into the studio tomorrow (with Sean Slade, at Camp Street) to record demos for the record. Seven songs in four days (Backstabber, Shores of California, wwwwwwiii, First Orgasm, Necessary Evil, Sex Changes and Delililah – and some of those are working titles) and I’m spending the majority of today changing lyrics like the little perfectionist freakazoid I am. One thing I am mystified by (and I’m sure there’s a very rational psychological explanation for this) is the fact that it is invariably when I have a recording or a show coming up that the new music starts pouring out – demanding (and this is essential) that I ignore the actual work at hand and pay mind to the new ideas. It has to do with old habits of procrastination and focus, I think. Cleaning my bedroom was far preferable to doing my latin homework, which was far preferable to doing math homework, which was far preferable to actually going to school….so I would create odd systems for myself that involved skipping school so I could do my latin homework and would deliberately mess up my room so I could write songs. Does this make any sense to anyone else? The mind is a strange beast.
After the recording we’re heading to Sundance ((www.ascap.com/eventsawards/events/sundance/2005/) for a few shows and then doing a short tour of California and surrounding environs, New England and then heading back to Europe til mid-march.
All things will be revealed at www.dresdendolls.com/calendar/index.htm.
recent great books: “Hey Nostradamus!” by Douglas Coupland and “Bad Seed” (a Nick Cave biography) by Ian Johnston
recent great music: kathleen edwards “failer” gripped me for a solid week. very straight ahed rock, but the lyrics…brilliant.