Hands up if you knew that Michael C. Hall who plays the lead roles in Dexter and 6 Feet Under is the lead singer of a band called “Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum”?
I must admit it was news to me, despite the fact that their album “Thanks For Coming” and their self-titled E.P. has had rave reviews in heavyweight music titles such as NME and Line of Best Fit.
Dexter IMHO is one of the truly great tv shows of all time. Like many others I found the last couple of seasons a little disappointing in comparison to the early seasons, and yet they were still much more enjoyable than the vast majority of TV shows, and the news of “Dexter: New Blood” has to be the TV event of the year.
So inevitably I had to have a listen, and whilst I may have initially listened to the band because of Hall’s involvement, I reached for the ticket button on the strength of their music.
“Princess Goes To The Butterfly Museum is 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 released their debut full-length album, ‘THANKS FOR COMING’, earlier this year which was preceded by their self-titled EP. Both received rave reviews from UK titles including NME, Line of Best Fit, The Independent, The Telegraph, Huffington Post, and unanimously in media around the globe.
The trio eschews traditional rock instrumentation in favour of stripped-down synthesizer-and-drum attack, and 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. 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.
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, 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. 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 Boy George and Cyndi Lauper.
Princess Goes recently released the official video for current single: “Nevertheless”. Directed by cult filmmaker Dylan Greenberg, it was premiered by Rolling Stone. Starring the band, the eerie video ventures into the realms of science fiction and transports viewers to a neon-lit, 80s-inspired digital maze overseen by a sinister mind control program, as-portrayed by Michael C. Hall’s disembodied head. Of the video, Hall says:
“The disembodied head was a component we had in mind when shooting in front of the green screen… But we owe the way it’s executed to Dylan’s playfulness and intuitive sense of the song. The 2-headed footage of me that appears on the TV screen in the video was in fact shot in the shower of my ‘Dexter’ trailer.””
Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum play 24 Kitchen Street on Thursday 9th December 2021