Sunday, November 21, 2010
I first heard Rasputina in an early episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Their song 'Transylvanian Concubine' was used in a party scene with Drusilla and it fit the dark, sexy mood perfectly.
To my delight, the song was included on the first volume of the Buffy soundtrack and I couldn't wait to investigate them further. To this day they've remained one of my favorite bands.
Fronted by 'directress' Melora Creager, the band currently consists of two cellists and a drummer.
Their sound is a hybrid of classical music, hard rock and electronica and frequently call to mind the atmosphere of a foggy graveyard. With their songs about savages, orphans, hunters and giants, Rasputina evoke a gothic America that is either long lost or well hidden.
Even though it all sounds quite dark (and some of it certainly is), Melora has a quirky sens of humor that shows through in the artwork, their incredible dress-sense and their stunning live performances.
A few of my favorite songs of theirs:
My Little Shirtwaist Fire,
Holocaust of Giants
and Melora's solo cover of Tom Petty's 'American Girl'.
To check out their music, more about their history, upcoming tour dates - and to pick up some of Melora's 'Rancid Brain Oil'(!), visit www.rasputina.com