September 21st, 2010
We’re not gonna lie — we used to have a mad crush on flame-haired bassist Melissa Auf der Maur. We’re over it now, but we still love and admire MAdM for her fine musical ability and the fact that she’s somehow remained mostly unsullied after that long association with Courtney Love (and Billy Corgan, too, come to think of it). Several years back — following stints in Hole, the Smashing Pumpkins, and the short-lived Sabbath cover band Hand of Doom — the Montreal-born singer and multi-instrumentalist put out a criminally underrated, prog-rocky self-titled solo album. Then she laid low for a bit, guested on some friends’ albums, worked on her photography, and came down with swine flu.
Now she’s back with a second solo album, the even more proggy and weird (but also quite excellent) Out Of Our Minds, issued earlier this year. It’s not just an album, though. Oh, no no no. It’s a MULTIMEDIA EXTRAVANGANZA, as they say, with a graphic novel and short fantasy film (no, not THAT kind of fantasy) of the same title having accompanied the LP’s release. The 28-minute OOOM film stars MAdM, who conceived the project, and was directed by Tony Stone, and screened at the Sundace Film Festival last year. The folks at IFC have described it as “David Lynch directing Highlander,” which blows our minds in ways even Insane Clown Posse couldn’t comprehend.
If you’re as interested in seeing it as we are, Melissa is coming to the Galleries at Moore College (20th & the Parkway) on Thursday, October 14th, at 6 p.m. (her first Philly appearance in some time) to show the film and follow it with a Q&A. We’re trying to hunt down ticket info — as soon as we get that we’ll let you know. Meanwhile, here’s the OOOM trailer to whet your appetite: