Emilie Autumn Defines “Victoriandustrial”

Hybridized artist performs in Oakland

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Emilie Autumn is a singer, songwriter, accomplished violinist — and self-styled "gothic Lolita." She describes her highly original music as "Victoriandustrial," an enchanting, dark, and often disturbing mix of classical, electronic and rock music. Her FLAG tour stops at The New Parish in Oakland on Jan. 31.

FLAG is an acronym for Autumn’s most recent album, Fight Like A Girl, which was released last year. The concept album is based on her autobiographical novel The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls, a fictionalized account of her real-life battle with bipolar disorder and her enforced admittance into the psychiatric ward of a Los Angeles hospital following a suicide attempt.

Autumn, a classically trained musician, first picked up the violin when she was four-years-old. She performed with Courtney Love's band in 2004 and released a critically acclaimed solo album Opheliac in 2006. She was also recently introduced to a new wave of fans when she appeared as The Painted Doll in SAW director Darren Lynn Bousman's cult musical The Devil's Carnival, which was released theatrically in 2012 and is now available on DVD.

Her live performances are highly theatrical, featuring lavish steampunk costumes and elements of burlesque, which should appeal to the Bay Area's many appreciators of these cultures. 

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