Made Out Of Babies is a great band, but their Brooklyn born/based frontwoman Julie Christmas (Battle Of Mice, the Dillinger Escape Plan/Isis-related supergroup Spylacopa) is usually the focus of their coverage. It isn’t surprising then that she’s throwing her powerful shape-shifting voice into a solo album: The Bad Wife features nine songs, a mix of metal and dark, extravagant pop ballads and spooky cabaret. (There’s also outright sinister via “Six Pairs Of Feet And One Pair Of Legs.”) You might think of Amanda Palmer here/there, but replace the tongue-in-cheek with a greater, rawer range and an escalating sense of doom. Andrew Schneider (Cave In, Pelican, Unsane, Blue Man Group[!]) produced. (And, for the record, MOoB wrote some of the music.) This Little White Riding Hood vs. The Sasquatch video for standout “Bow,” one of the collection’s heavier moments, was directed by James O’Brien, Pastor Alvarado, and Genn Leong.
The Bad Wife:
01 “July 31st”
02 “If You Go Away”
04 “Secrets All Men Keep (Salt Bridge, Part II)”
05 “Six Pairs of Feet and One Pair of Legs”
06 “Headless Hawks”
07 “The Wigmaker’s Widow”
08 “I Just Destroyed The World”
09 “When Everything Is Green”
The Bad Wife is out 11/9 via Rising Pulse. The opener, “July 31st,” showed up in Harvey Keitel and Cuba Gooding Jr.’s straight-to-DVD Wrong Turn At Tahoe. (It’ll likely get more listeners here.) The closer reminded me to re-read David Foster Wallace’s “Everything Is Green.” Christmas is collaborating with illustrator Nix Turner (Emily The Strange) on a book called The Scribbles and Scrapes of Amy Anyone: (A Multiple Personality Autobiography). She wrote the story, is putting together a CD to accompany it. Christmas also recently worked on the soundtrack for the French independent film Le Debut. In related news, Made Out Of Babies are working on their fourth album. It’s scheduled for a spring 2011 release.