Band: Princess Goes To The Butterfly Museum
Album: Thanks For Coming
Label/Vertrieb: Morpho Music/Red Eye Distribution
Man darf die Band mit dem sperrigen Namen durchaus als All-Star Band bezeichnen, denn die Historie der einzelnen Mitglieder hat einige sehr publikumswirksame Infos zu bieten.
Bereits 2014/15 traf man sich bei den gemeinsamen Arbeiten an dem Musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, in dem Michael C. Hall die Hauptrolle spielte, während Katz-Bohen und Yanowitz in der Live Band aktiv waren. Nach einer gemeinsamen Theater Tour in 2016 fand man zusammen, die Dinge kamen ins Rollen und 2020 erschien eine erste EP.
Im Mai 2021 erscheint nun mit THANKS FOR COMING das erste full length album, das die Band musikalisch als Mix aus: „ Giorgio Moroder’s ‘70s productions, new wave dance music of the ‘80s, contemporary electronic dance acts like Justice, and the roster of France’s Ed Banger label” bezeichnet.
Mit EAT AN ERASER (erste Single) und CRUEL WORLD (BONUS TRACK) gibt es nun die ersten Songs zu hören.
2016/17 stand Hall unter anderem in dem von Bowie inspirierten Musical LAZARUS auf der Bühne, (Info unten).
Michael C. Hall: Vocals (Dexter, Six Feet Under)
Matt Katz-Bohen: Keyboards (Blondie)
Peter Yanowitz: Drums (Wallflowers)
A trio comprised of vocalist, lyricist, musician and actor Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Six Feet Under, Hedwig and the Angry Inch), drummer Peter Yanowitz (The Wallflowers, Morningwood) and keyboardist Matt Katz-Bohen (Blondie), Princess Goes To The Butterfly Museum likens an eraser to a memory-wiping device, speaking to the anxiety surrounding the forecasted apocalypse. While waiting on our imagined future, we tripped into the now. PRESS HERE to stream/download and HERE to watch the video, the result of a creative collaboration between Peter and his brother Andy Yanowitz. It uses cutting edge 3D digital performance capture technology started with a set of digital performance captures of the band, with 3D visuals made possible by Rob Ruffler and David Liu. The result is a trippy, 4-minute thrill ride from start to finish. THANKS FOR COMING is available for pre-order/pre-save now – PRESS HERE. Full tracklisting below.
“The title EAT AN ERASER comes from a line in the final verse of the song. It’s a cultural invitation to erase
awareness of certain existential realities . . . not that that makes them any less real.” says Michael C. Hall. “We hope the song and video resonate, but once we release something, it doesn’t really belong to us anymore. The meaning’s about however any individual listener interacts with it. There are as many takes on the song as there are people who listen. For us, the way the record sounds and what it says is of the moment. We’re citizens of the world, and now is when we made it.”
Taking their name from an idea that Katz-Bohen’s four-year-old daughter had for her imaginary band, Princess Goes To The Butterfly Museum eschews traditional rock instrumentation in favor of stripped-down synthesizer-and-drum attack. A wealth of disparate influences flow into Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum’s songs - the glam, experimental, ambient music of David Bowie, Giorgio Moroder’s ‘70s disco productions for Donna Summer, ‘80s new wave dance music, contemporary electronic dance acts like Justice, and the roster of France’s Ed Banger label. A theatrical sensibility is part of the trio’s DNA, especially in live shows, having met several years ago on Broadway during the production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
The band released their self-titled EP released earlier this year (PRESS HERE to listen) along with videos for “Ketamine,” “Come Talk To Me,” “Love American Style” and “Vicious.” The music drew early praise from Paper, Alternative Press, Associated Press, Consequence of Sound, People, American Songwriter, Magnet and more.
Stay tuned for much more to come from Princess Goes To The Butterfly Museum!
THANKS FOR COMING Tracklisting:
Bombed Out Sites
Thanks For Coming
Too Cool To Care
Eat An Eraser
The Deeper Down
Cruel World (Bonus Track)
MORE INFORMATION ON PRINCESS GOES TO THE BUTTERFLY MUSEUM
Michael C. Hall is a musical talent and a longstanding Broadway performer, having played leading roles in Chicago, Cabaret, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and was selected by David Bowie to star in his musical, Lazarus. He has also earned many accolades for his acting chops, including an Emmy nomination for his work on the HBO drama Six Feet Under and a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award for the acclaimed Showtime series Dexter. Hall assumed the title role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway on October 16, 2014 and performed the role until January 18, 2015. His bandmates boast similarly prodigious resumes. Peter Yanowitz began his career playing drums in The Wallflowers before going on to co-found indie stalwarts Morningwood and work with artists as varied as Natalie Merchant, Yoko Ono, Andrew W.K., Allen Ginsberg, and Billy Bragg & Wilco, who enlisted him to perform on their seminal ‘Mermaid Avenue’ collaboration. Keyboardist Matt Katz-Bohen spent the last decade touring and recording with Blondie, in addition to working with the likes of Boy George and Cyndi Lauper.