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Princess Goes To The Butterfly Museum Gets Ready to Exhibit Their Transformative Music in Nashville

by Rich and Laura Lynch

They say they are kaleidoscopic sound weather, weaving dreams from the eye of the storm. We say they are dramatic, cinematic and soul-searing. Fans in Music City will be able to make their own determination when Princess Goes To The Butterfly Museum makes their way to the Brooklyn Bowl in Nashville for an anticipated night of colorful entertainment on July 28, 2022. We had a few minutes to speak with the talented and much talked about trio comprised of vocalist, lyricist, musician and actor Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Six Feet Under, Hedwig and the Angry Inch); drummer Peter Yanowitz (The Wallflowers, Morningwood) and keyboardist Matt Katz-Bohen (Blondie) - in advance of the show.

Princess Goes To The Butterfly Museum
(Photo by Shervin Lainez / Courtesy of the Band)

MCN: We love the album. Can you tell us a little bit about the origin of the band name?

Matt Katz-Bohen: My daughter actually came up with the band name. I asked her what she would call her band if she had one, and she very matter-of-factly stated, "Princess Goes To The Butterfly Museum". I asked her if I could steal it for my band ... and she said yes. She gifted it to us! And she is very proud.

MCN: There is certainly an intriguing amalgam of influences that bubbles up on the debut - Thanks For Coming. I hear a fair amount of David Bowie and early Pink Floyd grooving it out on the dance floor. What else from your collective past made its way into the mix?

Michael C. Hall: New York City Subway Trains, Donna Summer.

Matt Katz-Bohen: I don't know Roy Orbison? Dolly Parton? Is that outrageous? It's kind of outrageous.

MCN: Back in my day (sounding like an old man, I know) the classic rock artists were perceived in some quarters as near godlike figures. Their music was a missive often held in regard like a holy canon by their fans and followers. I wonder in the modern era if you want your music to be that important in the lives of your fans? Is that even possible today with all the other entertainment options and technological distractions that exist in our world today.

Peter Yanowitz: We'd love to reach as many people as we can. And music is such a beautiful therapy and release on every level. We don't really have anything to do with what people do with the music, but we hope it gets to them and, we hope people love it.

MCN: Can you talk a bit about the difference between acting and performing in a band live on stage in terms of the immediacy of the response you get from the audience?

Michael C. Hall: Well, being onstage, generally speaking, is obviously different from being in front of a camera because the audience is there with you. And you're not beholden to an editor who's going to assemble your performance after the fact. My first experiences as a performer acting were live on stage. And I've done quite a bit of that since, and so it's probably more the same than different. The fundamental difference is that I'm performing material that I, along with Peter and Matt, created myself and so it's not a situation where I'm interpreting somebody else's words or ideas. I'm presenting our own words and ideas and music. So you know, I'm not a middleman. I'm not just the messenger. We are the message.

MCN: And then given some of the roles that you're known for, do you feel that it's imperative that your music should reflect that body of work by containing darker themes and hues, or is that not a consideration?

Michael C. Hall: No, of course not. I mean, I don't feel bound by whatever that body of work might be. I don't have any kind of allegiance to anything other than just staying open to whatever the songs reveal themselves to be. There's no directive and there's nothing that is off limits either, you know? I'm not really preoccupied with any of that stuff when we're making music.

MCN: Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum emerged during the time of the global pandemic. Did that give you extra time to think about the live show? What can fans expect when you touch down in Nashville for your gig at the Brooklyn Bowl on July 28, 2022?

Michael C. Hall: I think it gave us time to focus on putting a full-length record together. As far as the live show goes, there is only so much you can think about such a thing. I think the key is to just do it. So, getting out on the road and in Europe and other places in the US and this upcoming span of dates ... I think the only way to learn about your live show is to do your live show.

Related Links: For more information on PRINCESS GOES TO THE BUTTERFLY MUSEUM and the other organizations mentioned please visit the following links - Princess Goes To The Butterfly Museum | Review: Thanks For Coming | Brooklyn Bowl Nashville


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