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Saturday 14 September 2019

There Will Be No Intermission: Amanda Palmer Combines Theatricality With Inventive Songcraft Ahead Of Date In Sussex

There Will Be No Intermission is Sussex-bound Amanda Palmer's first solo album in more than six years, as well as being her most powerful and personal collection to date, with songs that tackle the big questions: life, death, grief and how we make sense with it all.

While the themes may be dark, the album's overall sonic and lyrical mood is one of triumph in the face of life's most ineffably shitty circumstances.

"Most of these songs were exercises in survival," says Palmer. 

"This isn't really the record that I was planning to make. But loss and death kept happening in real-time, and these songs became my therapeutic arsenal of tools for making sense of it all."

Palmer cannot be defined and yet she is the very definition of an artist who is supremely gifted in a number of disciplines: Singer. Songwriter. Filmmaker. Director. Playwright. Author. Pianist. Ukulele-enthusiast. 

Since first stepping out onto the world stage as a solo recording artist over a decade ago with Who Killed Amanda Palmer in 2008, she has simultaneously embraced and exploded traditional frameworks of music, art and theatre.

All these elements play out on the new album where themes of death and reproduction recur throughout, including A Mother's Confession, a funny, honest, slice-of-life ramble detailing Palmer's failings as a new mother, and Machete, written in tribute to her best friend, Anthony (for whom her son was named), following his untimely passing from cancer. 

Voicemail for Jill chronicles a different sort of death as Palmer reaches out to a friend on her way to an abortion clinic. 


"I've been trying to write a good abortion song for twenty-five years," she says. 

"It's been the white whale of my songwriting. Having had three abortions for very different reasons, and after connecting with hundreds of women who've gone through the same isolating and lonely experience, I just wanted to do the topic poetic justice. 

"How do you write a song about abortion without being too heavy-handed or too preachy?  

"It was only after being in Dublin for the abortion referendum that I came home and glued myself to the piano bench and said: 'Amanda, write it. You're a good enough songwriter now, you'll find a way.' 

"Playing it live has felt like a hymn to every man and woman in the audience who's never been able to talk openly about their own abortion experiences."

In addition to the new record, Palmer has partnered with the collaborative art-team Kahn & Selesnick (along with LA-based photographer Allan Amato and Iceland-based Artist Stephanie Zakas) to create a companion volume with over sixty theatrical photographic portraits taken mostly in and around the upstate New York home Palmer shares with her husband, writer Neil Gaiman

The portfolio - also titled There Will Be No Intermission – is available now via her website and will also be sold on the forthcoming world tour.

Amanda Palmer at Bexhill-On-Sea De LA Warr Pavilion on Wednesday 16th October 2019. For tickets CLICK HERE.

by: Mike Cobley




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