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The Dresden Dolls are a two-piece band from Boston, Massachusetts, formed mid-2000 and made up of singer/pianist Amanda Palmer and drummer/occasional guitarist and vocalist Brian Viglione. They describe their style as "Brechtian punk cabaret", and have exposed an underground dark cabaret movement that started gaining momentum in the early 90's with artists like Salon Betty and Gavin Friday.
The band formed shortly after Brian Viglione witnessed Amanda Palmer performing a solo set at a Halloween party. They found a cult following through the efforts of their dramatic live performances. During these performances the two band members often wear make-up and clothing which push their cabaret/theater aesthetic. They encourage fans to become involved at their shows.
The name, according to Palmer, was "inspired by a combination of things", including the firebombing of Dresden, Germany and the porcelain dolls which were a hallmark of prewar Dresden industry; an early song of the same name by The Fall; and a reference to the V.C. Andrews novel Flowers in the Attic where the classically blond and blue-eyed protagonists are called "th...
|music genre||Punk rock|
|current members|| Amanda Palmer|