Aghast, we’ve missed out on two months of listening to Kat Robichaud‘s newest album, Misfit Cabaret. Making up for lost time with pure volume, we are blasting this one in the office, and cannot recommend enough that you do the same. The album takes its title from Robichaud’s ongoing San Francisco-based live variety show, which in turn spawned the original songs here (she writes two new songs for each live show). Robichaud continues in the dramatic gothic glam vein of her previous release Kat Robichaud and the Darling Misfits, but ups the ante with gloriously over the top lyrics and production. We can only imagine what it’s like to experience these songs live. Hopefully she’ll take the cabaret on the road someday. Listen to the full album here.
The flashy, glammy, rocking powerhouse known as Kat Robichaud has spent the last couple of years focused on her live production of the Misfit Cabaret, “a splendiferous variety show centered around magical music with a rotating cast of eccentric performers.” From the clips we’ve seen, it’s quite a spectacle. So we cannot wait to see how this endeavor informs her brand new album, for which she recently dropped a teaser. The short video is primarily a trailer for the ever-evolving Cabaret performances, but the music is a clip from the upcoming album, and the projects are intrinsically intertwined. For each new Misfit Cabaret event, Robichaud has been writing a couple of new originals, and so we can expect to hear a lot of that music on June 2nd, when the album is released.
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There was not much we could think to add to the conversation when David Bowie passed away on January 10th, so, like many others, we took comfort in the man’s rich catalogue of amazing music. But we want to share this new “Song for David Bowie” by Kat Robichaud, who speaks for hundreds of thousands who, over the years, have reconciled their own sense of un-belonging, of being different, with the help and comfort of the world’s greatest oddball, David Bowie.
Appropriately, this was recorded at Robichaud’s own “Misfit Cabaret” series, which will come to full fruition on March 11-12 at The Great Star Theater in San Francisco. Click here for more info.
Another dazzling new video from Kat Robichaud and the Darling Misfits, “The Apple Pie and The Knife” is from her recent self-titled LP (which we reviewed here). The song and video are both intended to stand against the slut shaming of women, especially by other women, and they hit the mark brilliantly. “You call me a whore because I’m not a man…You want the apple pie, but I’m the knife too sharp to swallow.” It’s so good.
Filmed by the same creative team (and apparently in the same session) that produced Kat’s last video, “Why Do You love Me Now,” this one shares some aesthetics with the earlier video but has a completely different energy. Watch it here:
Kat Robichaud and the Darling Misfits released a fantastic album back in January. The self-titled LP is blazing with big, powerful pop and glam rock songs, including “Why Do You Love Me Now,” a plaintive piano ballad that explodes with the force of Robichaud’s voice. Couple that with this mesmerizing, shot-in-one-take video, and you’ve got a winner.
The new album from Kat Robichaud and The Darling Misfits is out today, January 27th. An impressive, ambitious, and confident collection of dramatic rock and pop songs, the eponymous record was funded by fans earned by Robichaud throughout her time as front-woman of The Design and, most famously, during her thrilling run as a contender on The Voice.
There are no shortage of artists today aiming for the grand and theatrical, inspired by Lady Gaga, Dresden Dolls and the like – and surely these are influences on Kat Robichaud as well. But what makes this a special record, and Robichaud a special artist, is her natural edge. We would not hesitate to classify this as a rock and roll record, despite its polished pop production, purely for the non-stop intensity and the sheer force of the singer’s will. More Queen and Foxy Shazam than Gaga, really.
On top of this, the LP is beautifully bizarre. It is funny, clever, defiant, and plainly well-written. Sound collages recur throughout, sometimes to create or enhance a vibe, and occasionally just for a laugh. Yet this is no novelty. Veering between wrenching balladry and dynamic, piano-pounding epics, this is the sound of an artist going for broke, being completely true to herself and discovering her own essence, having tested her limits and finding only those that are self-imposed.