Take Aim: Amy Sciarretto vs. Emilie Autumn
Mon, 23 Jul 2012 15:58:07
Emilie Autumn is our girl crush. Yeah, we said it. We freely admitting to loving her dark, gothic, "Fight Like a Girl" aesthetic. We love her Victorian-influenced style and her brutal, candid honesty, since she was committed to an institution and isn't afraid to admit it. We usually put up our dukes in a Take Aim, but with Emilie Autumn, well, we sort of just submitted, since we were crushing in such a platonic way. We let her have her way with us. We were woozy after, but not punchdrunk!
If you were not doing music, you would be?
A French pastry chef.
Any non-musical skills/hobbies/talents?
It's more brutal and bloody. There's more girl-on-girl action and glitter. The corsets are even tighter. It's become Victorian Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. It's a rollercoaster. You're going to feel like you've stepped into a dark Disneyland.
You said that and it makes us girl crush on you! Like Tori Amos, but better! Your shows sound theatrical - can you give us a little more insight into how you choose your staging, set up, and attire? Why are you so attracted to the dark and the Victorian? Do you have a fashion icon?
Fashion icon? I've got two! David Bowie and Freddie Mercury. I build my staging and costumes entirely to convey a story, which, in this case, happens to be both dark and at least partially Victorian as the world I've created is a bit of a time travel back and forth between our modern day and the 1800s. The reason for the historical interest that that the past helps me, and the rest of us, to understand why things are the way they are today, and that is essential to us learning how to go forward into the future. The Victorian era saw the birth of medicine and psychology as we know it today, and that subject is definitely a particular interest of mine.
Pick one song from Fight Like a Girl and put us inside it -share a writing or recording story that we'd only know because you told us. Something we can't tell just from hearing it. We want to get to know the song, with you as our tour guide.
"Scavenger." It's sung from the point of view of the graverobber of the day, or more gently called a "resurrectionist" because they brought back the dead from beneath the ground. The song tells about the practice during the Victorian era, again, in the name of medicine and doctors and students at medical universities to study and dissect. Of course, where do we get all these bodies? That's right. The freshly buried. These graverobbers would wait for a person to be put in the ground, then dig it up and sell the body for a pretty price before it decomposed. People knew about this practice, and so would often sit on the gravestone of their newly dead loved one for three days, or until the body began to decompose and so would no longer be of use to the medical community, and would not be in danger of being stolen, which would naturally violate all sense of decency and religious beliefs of the time. The medical community knew very well where these bodies were coming from, but they turned a blind eye.
How, exactly, do girls fight?
With pillowcases, of course!
You get an extra question since you are infinitely interesting: Are you comfortable about talking about being committed? What can you share about that experience that you might help our readers?
How flattering! Well, I'm certainly comfortable with the subject as I wrote a book about it and have built a large part of my career around the subject all to prove that it is not only ok but necessary and healthy to talk about. The obliteration of shame is part of the mission, because shame is both uncalled for and self-destructive. I think the most helpful tip I could give would be to be very careful who you tell the truth to, and know that, just because you're crazy doesn't mean you're crazy. The nutters are not always the ones behind the bars, and you may be a lot more sane than you think. Celebrate yourself and everything that makes you different. And fight.
Are you going to "Fight Like a Girl" with Emilie Autumn?