The Dresden Dolls are an American musical duo from Boston, Massachusetts. Formed in 2000, the group consists of Amanda Palmer (vocals, piano, harmonica, ukulele) and Brian Viglione (drums, percussion, guitar, bass guitar, vocals). The Dresden Dolls are part of an underground dark cabaret movement that started gaining momentum in the early 2000s.
The duo formed a week after Brian Viglione witnessed Amanda Palmer perform solo at a Halloween party in 2000. Their live performances soon gained them a cult following. During these performances the two band members often wore dramatic make-up and fancy clothing that push their cabaret/theater aesthetic. They encourage fans to become involved at their shows, with the fans' own stilt walking, living statues, fire breathers, and other performance art becoming an integral part of the show. The Dirty Business Brigade coordinated the fans' performances.
After a self-promoted demo recorded and released in 2001, their first release was the mostly live compilation “A Is for Accident” on Important Records, followed in 2003 by a self-titled debut produced and recorded by Martin Bisi at The Old American Can Factory in Gowanus, Brooklyn. The album featured fellow Boston-area musicians Ad Frank (guitar on “Good Day”) and Shawn Setaro (bass on “Good Day,” “Gravity” and “Jeep Song”).
Their second studio album, “Yes, Virginia...” was released in 2006 by Roadrunner Records. The first single from the album was “Sing.” The album made its debut at #42 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart.