Cult cabaret and punk-rock artist Amanda Palmer has said she thinks US President-elect Donald Trump will usher in a whole new era of punk-rock protest art.
“It’s been a really scary time in America… It’s a total shit show over there. Especially if you’re an artist, a woman, a minority, gay – anything but a rich white man – it’s really very scary,” she said at Queensland’s Woodford Folk Festival (via The Guardian).
“But being an optimist… there is this part of me – especially having studied Weimar Germany extensively – I’m like, ‘This is our moment.’ Donald Trump is going to make punk rock great again. We’re all going to crawl down staircases into basements and speakeasies and make amazing satirically political art.
“If the political climate keeps getting uglier, the art will have to answer. We’ll have to fight. It’s already happening – the artists in my tribes have been like, ‘Alright. This is not good.’ We are sharpening our knives for a large buffet.”
The provocative muso performed at the festival over the weekend and said Australia looked like a “very tasty” place to live in the current world political climate.
She said her family had been granted five-year “Distinguished Talent” visas allowing her, her writer husband Neil Gaiman, and their one-year-old child to visit and work in Australia.
Amanda’s currently in Australia for a tour she describes as “super-stripped down” with “just me, a suitcase, a piano, a ukulele, and a baby.”
She’ll perform at the Brisbane Powerhouse’s queer arts festival MELT in February as well as multiple shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra as well as festivals around the country.
Amanda will perform at MELT on February 3 and 4. For tickets, visit the Brisbane Powerhouse’s website.