Ok, so we always knew Amanda Palmer was a bit of a nutjob. A talented nutjob to be sure, but a nutjob all the same. The "Brechtian-punk-cabaret" singer and Dresden Dolls frontwoman has always been outrageously theatrical in her live performances, but when we heard that her new project, Evelyn Evelyn, with Jason Webley was based around the characters of conjoined twin multi-instrumentalist songwriter sisters Evelyn and Evelyn Neville, we have to admit to being somewhat surprised, mildly amused and more than a little confused. By all accounts Palmer and Webley have taken the massively politically incorrect notion of dressing up as the conjoined twins and embodying their personalities.
Now, news comes that Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love's daughter Frances Bean Cobain is to make her singing debut on the Evelyn Evelyn album. The seventeen year old will appear on a track called 'My Space', which is is described as "an anthemic 80s power ballad", and features an all-star line-up, including real life sisters Tegan and Sara, recently departed Hold Steady pianist Franz Nicolay, My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way, Weird Al Yankovic, Andrew W.K., and weirdest of all, Palmer's fiancé, author and graphic novelist Neil Gaiman.
If you want to know more about the Eveyln Evelyn project, a press release states, "Twins Lyn and Eva Neville were born in 1985, and their mother died during childbirth. When they were 11, they joined Dillard and Fullerton's Traveling Circus, which does not appear to be a thing that exists in real life. After a while, the twins decided to leave the circus and pursue a music career, and Palmer and Webley discovered them via MySpace and decided to help them release music." How bizarrely detailed. Even weirder still, Dark Horse Comics are to release a graphic novel about the twins' life, illustrated by artist Cynthia von Buhler.
Amanda Palmer will bring her Evelyn Evelyn live show to Dublin's Academy on April 19th. Tickets priced €22.50 are on sale now. Expect it to be a weird one.