Amanda Fucking Palmer officially has some serious fucking competition. Meet Kat Robichaud and The Darling Misfits, a band that channels Palmer’s theatrical brand of rock along with echoes of past glam greats – ’70s Bowie, Roxy Music, T.Rex, etc. The group’s eponymous debut LP is out now and contains some of the most grandiose sonic arrangements you’ll most likely hear all year, from circus march opener “The Elephant Song” to the epic, mournful ballad “Why Do You Love Me Now?” Robichaud (who is originally from North Carolina and competed on The Voice in 2013) has an incredible voice that effortlessly balances everything from razor wit (the cocky, satiric “Rockstars Don’t Apologize”) to raw emotion (the bittersweet “The Long Kiss Goodnight”), and the Darling Misfits completely nail the nuances of bombastic, arena-sized rock n’ roll that would make Queen proud.
As great as her songs about love and heartbreak are, Kat is at her best when railing against gender inequality, tackling pervasive double-standards and archaic perceptions of beauty. “You’ve made an awful lot of money manufacturing insecurity,” she sings on “Definition of Pretty,” her voice dripping with acid as she calls out the media for poisoning the self-esteem of countless women with impossible physical standards featured on corporate magazines, TV shows, advertisements, basically everywhere you turn in a society obsessed with pop culture. It’s vitriolic and cathartic and funny and just one reason among many why you need to listen to Kat Fucking Robichaud.
Kat Robichaud and The Darling Misfits, Down and Outlaws
Boom Boom Room
February 13, 2015
9pm, $10 (21+)