Dallas theatrical rockers discuss their new single
Dallas, Texas theatrical rockers Marquis of Vaudeville call their sound “melodic mischief”. The band has a carnival-esque flair to them that blends old world style with innovative modern touches. It’s that punk-cabaret spirit that makes them so exciting to watch.
The group has just announced their forthcoming album, The Tragic Valentine. Back in August, they released the album’s mesmerizing first single “The Dreaming”, and now they’re back with the upcoming LP’s second single “We’re All Mad Here”.
ARTISTdirect caught up with Marquis of Vaudeville to introduce the band’s new single. Here’s what they said:
Marquis of Vaudeville:
The Tragic Valentine is essentially a tragic love story told through 13 theatrical tracks. Flecked with elements of mystery, magic, intrigue, and revolution, the album’s story is somewhat our own lovelorn fantasy akin to ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Although the songs, as a whole, have an underlying theme which lays the framework of the story, the lyrics were written in a precise way to create duality and instill each song with its own identity & individual meaning. The hourglass symbol on the album cover ties into the story as it represents love/loss, life/death, light/dark – all things relative to anyone’s life. We tend to fuse our songs with messages such as: “You are not alone. You have a voice. You matter. Don’t let anything hold you back or anyone keep you down. Be who & what you want to be. Don’t give up/Don’t give in. Dream until you never die.” Our songs touch on recurring themes revolving around dreams, rebellion, love, loss, hope, understanding, oppression, outcasts, isolation, mental illness, the internal struggle, perseverance, self-destruction, death, loneliness, self-acceptance, sometimes drawn from personal experience, and other times written from another’s perspective. We find influence in all sorts of varied sources: dreams, art, literature, film, theatre; typically, indie, cult, fantasy/sci-fi, the fantastical, classic works, as well as, the cosmos, love, liberty, mythology, mysticism, mystery, & magic. A great many of our influences can be dark, yet playful because that’s a bit of who we are. We like to tell stories, and music affords us a way to tell them. We want to give people something to daydream about, give them hope, open their eyes, hearts, & minds, and we’ve found that messages can be more profound and persuasive when woven secretly within the melodies of music. That’s why the songs are quite often wrapped up within, & somewhat veiled behind, an imagined story dealing with some sort of fantastical idea such as discovering other worlds & alternate universes, Alice in Wonderland, Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, star-crossed vampire lovers, vengeful stage magicians, mysterious whimsical circuses, plundering gentleman highwaymen, intriguing labyrinthine understreets, mad scientist toymakers, or the anthropomorphic personification of death. As we said, dark, yet playful.
As for our single “We’re All Mad Here,” it’s an Alice in Wonderland-themed song on the surface about spiraling downward & out of control. The song presents a glimpse of mental illness and losing one’s mind while touching on being lost, but not alone – as everyone is a little crazy in their own way. The song also slips in a third sliver of meaning with social commentary about the ‘us vs. them’ mentality between governments/1% and the people of the world – as in, it’s the greedy, warmongering politicians in charge who are making the world a maddening place to live.
We knew the video had to be fantastical, but at the same time have a grounding in reality. That’s why we went with masquerade masks and all practical effects as opposed to full creature costumes and computer-generated effects. The video was 100% conceived, directed, funded, filmed, and edited by the band. It was a completely independent effort, and our fans helped with characters and costumes. We filmed over 3 states: Texas, Kansas, and Oklahoma, at about 10 different locations. When we were finished filming and finally piecing together the puzzle of various footage, we knew we had shot something singularly remarkable. In the end, the video turned out to be precisely what we had envisioned – so do enjoy our twisted take on Alice in Wonderland with “We’re All Mad Here.”