Like Emilie herself (who not only created the set but handmade all the Victorian-era stage costumes), her shows exude an intense communal feeling of liberation for her fans, many of whom dress up similarly to their icon. An advocate for freedom of all kinds - creative, physical and sexual, Emilie promotes a healthy liberation from oppression. "I want to promote absolute freedom and fearlessness, not only for myself, but for everyone, and especially for girls," she explains. "Restricting your sexuality because you think it will prevent you from being taken seriously is just another form of oppression, and being controlled by someone else's opinion of who you ought to be. If I take off all my clothes, and I do it because I myself want to do it, then it is automatically a demonstration of feminism, not the denial of it."
Accompanied by her corset-donning Bloody Crumpets (her backup performers/singers), each personifying a different part of her psyche, Emilie has been creating quite a stir for her live shows. LA Weekly crowned her "The Next Big Rock Star" and gushed, "In 1996, I saw The Cure at The Forum, where the band played for three hours and offered no opening band... I thought then that no one else could sustain a set like that, and, until last weekend, I had never seen anyone attempt a similar feat. Then I saw Emilie Autumn." Denver Post celebrated the show as well, declaring, "It’s not every day that an audience gets showered with tea and crumpets. Then again, Emilie Autumn doesn’t exactly put on a typical show."
EMILIE AUTUMN and her BLOODY CRUMPETSClick for hi-resCredit: Tina Hagerling
Her long-awaited autobiographical, reality-bending thriller The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls will be released in December and will be available at the merch table at her shows and also online at www.theomegaorder.com/emilieautumn. This beautifully bound hardcover volume measures 8" x 11.5" and clocks in at a massive 274 fully illustrated pages, filled with hand-written memoirs, photos, and paintings. One of the most complete accounts of bipolar disorder ever penned, it takes readers behind the doors of both modern day psychiatric ward and Victorian insane asylum in this true life horror tale of madness, murder, and medical experimentation.
Acclaimed and celebrated far and wide in Rock and Classical cicles, Emilie has guested on albums by Otep, Billy Corgan, and Dethklok, performed on Leno and Letterman, had songs on soundtracks to Saw III and IV, and even appeared on Adult Swim's Metalocalypse. Known for her eccentric style (she makes all of her elaborate fashion ensembles herself) as well as her prodigious musical talent (she began reading notes before learning the alphabet and was already playing violin at four years old!), Emilie spent a good amount of her youth playing concert halls throughout the U.S. and Europe and studied under the tuteledge of world-renowned violinist Nigel Kennedy.