I never knew I needed a 13 minute goth rock musical that mixed together the vibes of Rocky Horror Picture Show, Dresden Dolls, Repo! The Genetic Opera, The Cramps, and LA Guns in my life… but, alas, we learn something new everyday. Dead Coyote’s Apparitionata is something that I can no longer live without. With a campy vibe no too dissimilar from Ed Wood films and a musical style can only be described as a gothic cabaret, all types of wonderful influences and contemporaries comes to mind, but none fully encapsulates exactly what I’m looking at or listening to when I press play on Appartionata.
Fans of bands like the aforementioned Dresden Dolls, World Inferno Friendship Society, Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits, or even glam rockers of the 80s will likely find something fun and familiar here. With that fun and weird musical vibe that Forgetting Sarah Marshall‘s Peter Bretter (Jason Segel) was going for and feels like it could have as easily been devised from Californication‘s Atticus Fetch (Tim Minchin), this has a certain magical quality that makes it feel like it was written by a fictional character, moreso than someone we actually know is real. Then again, Jim Sharman and Richard O’Brien lived in the real world when they penned the absurd and lesser known follow up to Rocky Horror Picture Show, Shock Treatment… so anything is possible. In other words, this is a fun, free, and delightfully bizarre lower budget musical gem that harkens to everything and everyone from Little Shop of Horrors to Danny Elfman and back again.
And, what’s more, it’s free for everyone to watch and enjoy on YouTube:
A truly fun and exciting EP to listen to and video to watch and enjoy, Apparitionata, is my first foray in the work of Portland’s Dead Coyote, but it surely won’t be the last. If nothing else, I recommend you start your week off with a zip of schlocky shocky camp and soak up this melodramatic treat.