World-class violinist. Fashion icon. Famously bipolar. The list goes on, but one thing is certain: We're talking about Emilie Autumn.
With world tours, glossy magazine covers, and guest spots on the albums of such artists as Courtney Love (with whom she performed on Leno and Letterman), Otep, Billy Corgan, and TV's 'Metalocalypse' under her corset strings, Emilie Autumn's devilishly dark lyrics, metal-shredding violin solos, pink-glittered pasties, and industrial-strength voice reinvent "gothic" for the masses, and goths have never had so much fun.
More akin to a Broadway musical than a standard rock performance, the Los Angeles-born starlet's highly theatrical stage show is a sexy circus of glam-rock burlesque, backed by a scantily-clad girl band known to EA's devoted fans as the Bloody Crumpets. Featuring EA's signature electric violin pyrotechnics, heartbreakingly lush orchestrations, hard-core beats, and menacing lyrics growled with enough intensity to make your hair stand on end, the resulting noise is a harpsichord-heavy romp through Victorian asylums where screaming is allowed and girls always get revenge.
2010 saw the release of Emilie's debut autobiographical novel, "The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls." Lavishly illustrated by EA and weighing in at nearly five pounds, "The Asylum..." book is more than a gorgeous volume that will take up most of the space on your tea table -- it is also one of the most complete accounts of bipolar disorder ever penned, and will take readers behind the doors of both modern day psych ward and Victorian insane asylum in this true life thriller of madness, murder, and medical experimentation.
2011 will hold the recording of a new album entitled 'Fight Like A Girl,' extensive touring, and the launching of the Asylum Emporium (www.asylumemporium.com), where fans can find everything from music, apparel, and books to show tickets and organic, loose-leaf teas.
We'll stop now before this gets any weirder...